When hiring an electrician, it is important to do your due diligence and make sure you hire a certified electrician. It’s very important once you have electric work was done to make certain that to have any necessary permits and have all the work done up to town, county, township, or other civil codes.
Additionally, it is important to make sure the electrician is bonded and insured. Hiring a backyard mechanic to perform work is a terrible idea. If something goes wrong, homeowners insurance isn’t necessarily going to cover the damages from having a non-licensed and non-insured mechanic.
When selecting an electrician to hire, it is necessary to spell out how he is to be paid at first. If it’s a bigger job, determine if he’ll get paid before completion for a partial amount. I recommend against paying up front for the electrical work. I also had a friend have a really bad experience with this sort of situation. If the electrician can’t do the job and get the stuff without being prepaid, it’s time to locate a different electrician!
Another important step in hiring an electrician is to determine if there will be other contractors necessary for the job and decide who is in charge of the other contractors. If there is going to be a painter or a drywaller, do not assume anything with the electrician and clearly define who is going to take care of that part of the job.