Most electricians out there are honest, hard-working individuals who have your best interests in mind. However, there are always a few who taint the reputation of the group. At Douthit Electrical, we obviously hope you’ll choose us for electrical service, but most importantly, we want you to choose an electrician who will be safe, fair, and honest. To avoid any scams that might be out there and to hire an electrician who will safely perform the service you need, consider these tips.
- Do your research & shop around. Ask friends and neighbors if they’ve had positive experiences with any local electricians. Read online reviews on third party websites. Feel free to ask electricians for references and check state certifications to verify that they are qualified.
- Consult with the Better Business Bureau. Through the Better Business Bureau, you’ll be able to find out about any recent scams, as well as check insurance and certifications for a potential worker.
- Ask questions. Say goodbye to any potential electrical contractor who makes you feel bad for asking questions. An electrician should be happy to explain and elaborate on the work he will do for you.
- Turn down any electrician who knocks on your door offering a free inspection. For starters, it may be unsafe to let this stranger into your house, and furthermore, he may be looking to charge you thousands for unnecessary electrical services.
- Be skeptical of anyone who advises that your home needs to be fully rewired. While in some cases, extensive work may be needed, it is best to get a second or even third opinion in this instance.
- Don’t pay upfront. It is okay to give a partial payment upfront for work, but never pay for the entire job upfront. Some workers may be anxious to get a full payment upfront, but not so intent on finishing the job.
- Never pay in cash. Having a paper trail will be beneficial to you if you become dissatisfied with the service. Shady electricians are more likely to deal all in cash than honest electricians, and you may wind up being asked to pay more than you anticipated. Before choosing your electrician, make sure that he or she will accept a check or credit card for payment.
Douthit Electrical is proud to have been providing electrical service in Charlotte and the surrounding areas for decades. We’re licensed, insured, and have an A+ rating with the BBB. For more information on our services, and for friendly, honest answers to all the questions you may have, give Douthit Electrical a call today!
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