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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What do I need an electrician for?

Electricians can help with a variety of electricity-related jobs around your home. If you have a new home, they can install new wiring throughout. Or if you have an old home, they can help with wiring repair. 

If your lights keep flickering, circuit breakers seem to be faulty, or outlets don’t have any power, electricians can assist in sorting out the problem. Your house is full of electrical circuits, wiring and sockets that may need repair or updating. These tasks can be safely completed by electricians in your area.

Contact the best electricians near you today to start receiving free estimates for your project(s).

How much does a licensed electrician cost per hour?

An electrician’s average hourly rate is $75, but this price can range from $45-$120, depending on the complexity of the job and the materials needed. The total cost will also vary depending on how long your job takes and if the electrician charges for travel time.

Your location may also be a factor in determining the hourly rate of performing electrical work on your home. To get an accurate estimate of how much electrical work will cost you, contact the best electricians near you to receive free quotes.

How do I hire an electrician?

Go online to find a list of the best electricians in your area. View each individual electrician’s profile and learn more about their services and expertise. Then, read reviews from satisfied customers as well as any issues they may have encountered. This will help you find one with the right experience to work safely in your home.

You should also spend some time researching what qualifications and credentials they have. You might find information about their license on their profile, or you might need to check your local and state government’s website to verify their license. 

Once you’ve done a bit of research, ask to receive free estimates from several electricians in your area. Ultimately, hire the most qualified electrician who can complete your project at a reasonable price.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with an electrician during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up an appointment or consultation with an electrician during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure that you are performing as much of the process digitally as possible. The best way to begin is by conducting an online search for local electricians. Ask if they can perform consultations over a phone or video call to comply with social distancing mandates. You should also discuss a strategy for how to complete the project during social distancing or whether the project should be completed once the pandemic has ended.

Do electricians do free estimates?

Yes, they do. Whether you’re looking for new electrical work or wiring repair, the electrician should offer you a free estimate. 

Go online to find the best electricians near you. After researching and finding a few pros who seem qualified for your job, go ahead and request a quote to find out how much those electricians will charge you.

What questions should I ask an electrician?

Here are a few questions you should ask any electrician you’re considering hiring:

  • Are you licensed or certified? A professional electrician should have this information ready and up to date. 
  • Do you have any references? Ask for references to learn about their work history from previous customers. You may be able to look online at reviews, but it’s also good to speak to someone to find out their experience with this electrician. 
  • What types of services do you offer? Whether you need repairs or installation services, make sure the electrician can perform the work you need.
  • How long will the job take? This will help you set expectations and rearrange your schedule (if needed).
  • Can you send me free estimates? Request a job quote or estimate. This will help with comparing different electricians. The numbers may vary, but be sure to factor in the experience of each person, as well as the scope of electrical work you’re asking about.

Contact the best electricians near you today to start receiving free estimates for your project.

Is it worth it to hire an electrician?

Yes, it's usually worth it to hire an electrician instead of doing the work yourself.

Electrical work can be very dangerous. The pros spend many years working and studying before they become licensed and certified. That knowledge and training can help them work safely and perform the job without harming themselves or your home. 

Even a small wiring repair job can be unsafe if not done correctly. Hiring someone that has specialized training on how to do each specific job is the safest choice.

Get free estimates from the best electricians near you today.

How can I find out if an electrician is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Guidelines are available from both local and federal government agencies to clarify which services qualify as essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. To determine whether an electrician is considered an essential service provider in your area, check your city or state’s government websites.

For federal guidelines, consult CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 page, which outlines 16 critical infrastructure sectors. But not that some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire an electrician when social distancing?

If you decide to hire an electrician, choose virtual platforms for consultations like calling or video chats. Avoid any physical contact with the electrician, wave instead of shaking hands, stay 6 feet away, sanitize shared surfaces and use digital payment apps instead of cash.

Does an electrician need to enter my home?

Whether an electrician needs to enter your home depends on the type of work that needs to be completed. Any work on receptacles, lights and more located on the inside or outside of your house will likely require an electrician to enter your home.

Ask electricians in your area to perform a video consultation instead of a traditional walk-through to assess the project. During the consultation, they should be able to tell you if they’ll need to enter your home or not. 

Reviews for Berkeley electricians
Salvatore M.
Naqueeb is a great electrician. He gave me a comprehensive in-person estimate of the job prior to starting. He’s fast and professional. Great job!
Azam ElectricAzam Electric
Thumbtack Customer
Have met many good electricians over the past few months as we had to do significant electrical upgrades in our old house. Marian is among the very best - if he is available, I wouldn't hire anyone else!
Yuri G.
Sasoon is a fantastic electrician and such a good guy too. He's honest, ethical, and super professional. We have a very old house with a lot of problems. At various times, certain outlets would just decide to not work. Turns out our wiring was from the stone ages. Sasoon went way above and beyond, not only figuring out the issues, but making sure he could finish the job in a timely way. He even fit us in after someone else canceled. I feel like we have an electrician for life! He was that good. I'm very, very appreciative.
SM ElectricalSM Electrical
Sina N.
Robert and his brother were able to identify and fix the problem we had -- when no one else was able to figure it out ! We previously brought 2 separate electricians and neither of them could determine the issue. Robert and his brother did not give up. They searched throughout the house and found and fixed the problem. They are super professional, pleasant, and a pleasure to work with. Will be working with them again for sure.
Bright Spark Electrical ServicesBright Spark Electrical Services
Amy E.
Homero was very nice and accommodating to my schedule. Turns out I just had two (or three?) bad bulbs. Then I felt pretty dumb. A friend and I had both put in two or three new bulbs in my recessed light but I guess they were all duds. Should have tested the bulbs in the desk lamp, duh. Homero showed me that, and didn't charge the full quoted price cause it was an easy "repair." At least I now know a good electrician should I need an actual repair (or installation.)
Suarez Electrical serviceSuarez Electrical service
Amy L.
Berto is a keeper!!!! We could not be happier with his work. He's extremely knowledgeable, ethical, personable and professional. Not only did he and his colleague work non-stop (with a lunch break) from the minute they arrived until the minute they left, he had my best interest at heart, and alerted me to several issues with the work that our contractor's crew was doing —serious mistakes that could have been catastrophic. They were extremely respectful of our home and offered suggestions for making things more efficient and effective, on top of the job we'd hired them to do. He's our electrician for life. I give him my highest recommendation. Do not hesitate to hire him!
Five Star ElectricFive Star Electric
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