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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 Ashburn electrical installers
Thumbtack Customer
Great job from Charles. Had to install a 220V electric charger in garage. Charles gave a reasonable quote and performed the work clean. I'd recommend highly for anyone looking for an car electric charger in garage.
ARC ELECTRICAL SERVICES LLCARC ELECTRICAL SERVICES LLC
Milan P.
I hired GM Electrical Services for Recess light installation in my high ceiling Family room. They did excellent work. I recommend them.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Harry S.
I recently hired GM Electrical Services to run a new electrical wire connection and install a new light on the right side of my front entry door so that I have two lights on my front porch area by the front door. I must say the work was performed in a highly professional manner to my satisfaction. And very well within budget. If you are considering electrical work for your house or business, highly recommend reaching out to GM Electrical services to atleast get a quote before you decide on a contractor to perform the job. Will definitely hire for future projects as well.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Naralie R.
Guilmer did a great job installing 4 lights for me, especially since one was in a 20 foot foyer. He was fast and efficient and reasonably priced. I will use him again in the future for other electrical needs.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Reggie D.
I needed 4 lights installed; 3 pendant and 1 chandelier, and this company was able to deliver the same day. They were extremely knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to ensure all parts and configurations were satisfactory. The quality of their work exceeded my expectations. They are truly a dynamic duo that understands electricity and lighting. If you’re looking for electrical technicians that are reasonably priced, punctual, and considered experts - I strongly recommend LJR, you will not be disappointed!!!
LJR electricLJR electric
Billy K.
Great experience with the ARC Team! I was impressed that Charles took the time to assess the job and review options with us before being hired. He installed 2 kitchen chandeliers and the wiring/electrical boxes etc. looks fantastic!. Charles is very professional, fairly priced and easy to do business with. I would hire him again.
ARC ELECTRICAL SERVICES LLCARC ELECTRICAL SERVICES LLC
Rad P.
GM Electricals installed six recess lights in our family room of the ground floor. He did an outstanding job, brought all materials and tool necessary to do this job. He made the minimum dry wall holes as he had special tools to drill into beams. He completed the job on time and cleaned the place to original position. Especially he took time to putty the dry wall cuts and finished with the matching paint we provided at no additional charge. He also replaced a ceiling fan that was out of order with a new one during the same visit. GM charges are very reasonable and we are pleased to recommend his electrical service to any one wants a professional job with fair and responsible charges.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Fernando M.
Edwin was great! He and his staff were ready to do the job immediately the same day and did an excellent job, improvising like pros when issues came up. Also, his prices beat the competition in the area by at least 25%. I highly recommend Edwin and crew for all your electrical needs. I know I’ll be using him for my upcoming Ring and Tesla charger installs, among other jobs. No need to shop around anymore, I found my electrician!
EPERMAR Electrical Services.EPERMAR Electrical Services.
Bruce S.
We wanted to add lighting and receptacles in our basement plus lighting on our deck and a receptacle in an upstairs closet to power a small refrigerator and coffee maker. After sending out our request on Thumbtack, Jose responded within minutes, came by the house to review scope, provided price and committed to time to install the work all within 2 days. He is an extremely competent electrician and handyman. He made real practical suggestions that saved us money and added value to the electrical work we had desired. He communicated via phone and text through out the process keeping us informed and met all his commitments. We are very satisfied and will definitely use Jose for our next project.
J. B.O electricJ. B.O electric
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