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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Can I use digital payments to pay for electrical and wiring repair?

These days, many electricians will accept digital payments for electrical work and wiring repair instead of traditional cash or check. The COVID-19 pandemic has helped speed up the adoption of platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Square Cash, Venmo, Google Pay and others as a means of complying with social distancing guidelines.

As you search for electricians online, ask whether they’ll accept digital payment and set up a strategy for staying safe. 

Reviews for Oakland electricians
Thumbtack Customer
Chuck is great...he not only an excellent electrician....he is so elegant about how he gets the job done. He is my electrician from now on!!
Nor-Cal ElectricNor-Cal Electric
Saima K.
Excellent service with a very knowledgeable and courteous electrician.
Azam Electrical servicesAzam Electrical services
Keith N.
The electrician was awesome and the work was done professionally and in excellence
Quality Matters ElectricQuality Matters Electric
Ruth G.
He was unable to fix the problem because he is not an electrician which is what I needed.
FIVE STAR Lighting & Fixture ReplacementFIVE STAR Lighting & Fixture Replacement
Anthony G.
I wanted recess lighting installed in my living room. The electrician that did the work was amazing. Prior to the work being done, the electrician explained to me what he had to do before he started work. Isaac was great! I’ve had them do three projects and plan to do more business with them very soon! Excellency!
ARC Electrical ServicesARC Electrical Services
Lori S.
I had a timely situation arise and I had to coordinate a delivery and a electrical issue with a new stove. Thee Electrician was punctual and got the job completed for my tenant. I will use them again for any job that I have. Another item that is important to me is response to my texts and he was very responsive. Thank you Thee Electrician
Thee ElectricianThee Electrician
Alexis R.
Tyler was one of the best electricians that I’ve ever had the experience with working with. Great prices and clearly communicated what the project would need and how he would go about doing it. Even when he wasn’t comfortable with a job he was super honest and straightforward. He will be the only electrician I will be using in the Bay Area for a long time.
Ozie ElectricOzie Electric
Gabriella V.
Oscar came through in a pinch! He showed up almost immediately and promptly solved the problem caused by my previous electrician. Will hire again!
Alexander's electricAlexander's electric
Jack D.
This is the second time I used Thumbtack for an electrician and by FAR the best. Alex was so clear, communicative, and professional and I always knew what would and wouldn’t happen. He even helped me understand what kinds of electrical things were possible to do in my home and which ones would need different kinds of professionals. He’s in my phone’s contacts now - never using a different electrician again
Arts Essential ServicesArts Essential Services
Daniel G.
Eugene did a great job from initial consultation to delivery. I’d highly recommend him for your electrician needs and will using his services again in any future work.
Anthony A.
Welberto is a consummate electrician and conduit technician. He quickly installed a new circuit, line, and 2 outlets in my backyard. I recommend him and plan to ask for more help in the future.
Five Star ElectricFive Star Electric
Brian T.
Great electrician. Was extremely responsive and let us know of any issues as they happened through the course of the work. Fair prices and took the time to carefully walk us through each step. Definitely recommend.
Azam Electrical servicesAzam Electrical services
Jenny E.
Alex was great! He was thorough, efficient, and helped us clean up a butched job by a previous electrician. Excited to now have a reliable person I can trust with my electrical needs ⚡💡
Hornet ElectricHornet Electric
Osas O.
If you want and experienced and thoughtful electrician then look no further. The installation of my Tesla charger required new wiring from the front of my house all the way to the backyard. Prices were reasonable and installation took a few hours.
RPA ElectricianRPA Electrician
Jane K.
Kenny is a versatile problem solver when it comes to electrician projects. The expectation was that I would purchase all supplies such as the dimmer switches and then Kenny would schedule a time to come in and do the installation. I'm definitely planning on working with him again.
Kenny ChauKenny Chau
Jae T.
Kenny is my new electrician. Definitely my go to guy. He and his sister and brother in law did efficient and safe work and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the near future. Absolutely recommended. Fair and competitive pricing.
Kenny ChauKenny Chau
Matthew M.
Robert is a solid expert in his field. He instills confidence in his work performed. He worked proficiently but not rushed. As a real estate owner and landlord I contract services routinely. Robert earned the “go to electrician” title in one visit. Thanks Robert.
Bright Spark Electrical ServicesBright Spark Electrical Services
Jessica I.
Damon, the CEO of Gan Electric & Consulting is amazing. He delivers high quality work at a fair price, is professional, personable and dedicated to his craft. You can waste your time looking for other electricians but why bother when you can hire the best!
Gan Electric & Consulting Inc.Gan Electric & Consulting Inc.
Louis R.
I was really impressed with how efficient they were without sacrificing work quality. I only had to go over the details of what I wanted once, and they executed better than I could've expected. It's easy to tell the quality is top notch, and as a bonus they were the most reasonably priced out of the several electricians I spoke to.
Quality Matters ElectricQuality Matters Electric
Ceil T.
Marlon did outstanding work. He was punctual, fast, knowledgeable, and solved the problem of the overloaded circuits after a thorough analysis (unlike previous electricians we've tried). Most important, he took the time to educate is about what he was doing, and how we can manage our electrical use for maximum efficiency in this old condo. So impressed. Thank you!
2 C.O.O.L. Enterprises2 C.O.O.L. Enterprises
Dominic S.
Showed up 10 minutes early and did an excellent job trouble shooting and replacing two shorting circuits. Will definitely be using him again. When you need a real electrician who will get it right first time, hire Juan. He figured out an issue that two other handymen couldn't fix because they just don't have the knowledge and training that Juan has.
Ballast Electrical Service and RepairBallast Electrical Service and Repair
Tara S.
Eugene/Yevgeniy is an extremely good electrician, his work was impeccable and his team is equally skilled. Even more than this I was impressed with his professionalism, how respectful he is and what great value he provided. He suggested small upgrades (for example a USB outlet) which made a huge impact and he was not pushy. He knows his work and we highly recommend him. Thanks!
Janine R.
Jeffery was responsive, on-time, and honest. Couldn't have had a better experience, especially because I had already received some ridiculously high quotes from other companies. I really appreciated his directness without being pushy and his honest assessment of the work as well as potential workarounds to help keep within my budget. I will be using Thee Electrician for my future needs, definitely.
Thee ElectricianThee Electrician
Veronica T.
Vita was amazing to work with and will be my go to electrician for any projects on a move forward basis. His work quality was excellent and he worked with our schedule and around other projects that we had going on simultaneously as well as shipping delays. I am thrilled with the end result of installing recessed lighting and ceiling fans in our condo. I highly recommend working with Vita! Can't wait to start our next project!
Tovo Electrical ServiceTovo Electrical Service
Anita M.
This was my first time using thumbtack and first electrician at my home. It was a great experience all around. He communicated quickly and clearly. He replaced several three way light switches (with weird wiring) into new smart switches. I had purchased the switches and he installed them. He went above and beyond and added a power outlet where wasn’t one in my garage. Really great work. Left everything looking good. Highly recommend and will work with him again.
Paragon Electrical CompanyParagon Electrical Company
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