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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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. 

Do electricians offer remote or virtual services?

While electrical work is typically performed in person, you may come across some electrician profiles that state the pro is offering remote services. If you do, contact local electricians to discuss your particular project and what type of remote services they may offer. 

Reviews for Ashburn electrical repairers
Thumbtack Customer
The electrician diagnosed the cause of problem properly and made the necessary repairs. It should be noted that two other electricians and Con Edision were off in trying to figure out what was the cause of power outage. Very satisfied with result and will utilize DexWorks in the future for my electrical concerns.
Dexworks Repairs & Handyman Services.Dexworks Repairs & Handyman Services.
Michelle P.
Steven was fantastic. He was able to respond to my request the same day, accommodating me in the evening hours, and was able to make the repair without issue for a fantastic price!!! I will reach out to Steven again if I have any other electrical needs and will recommend him to friends.
BK Sparks ⚡️BK Sparks ⚡️
Vikki R.
Great communication with Lisa, and prompt, professional work from Beso. He repaired my doorway buzzer which has been broken for 2 years, replaced a broken hallwal light timer and swapped out 3 lighting fixtures. Would definitely recommend and will use them again for all my electrical needs in the future!
Lightning 2000 ServiceLightning 2000 Service
Thumbtack Customer
Joe was on time and very professional! I have a home in Brooklyn that is aged over 100 years and always having to do repairs. Joe was very considerate in taking his time in minimizing damage to the plaster and structure of the house. The electrical work was done in an efficient manner and I am totally pleased with his work. I highly recommend Joe !
J.A. Wiring servicesJ.A. Wiring services
Michael K.
Tony did an excellent job writing a sauna, and adding 3 new outlets for our kitchen, backyard, and porch! The work was done without needing to make any holes in the walls, and very neatly. Tony even repaired an issue with my basement heating electric hookup at no extra charge since he was already working around there! Would highly recommend!!
MSI constructionMSI construction
Jincheng L.
Faran was a pleasure to work with. We needed some lighting repairs. Faran was super quick to respond and came in promptly after giving me a call. He found problems with a short wire and many tangled up wiring behind switches and the electric panel. He went out of his way to fix all of this even though some were beyond the area that was broken.
Ways ElectricWays Electric
Kathey M.
I really had a hard time looking for a best electrician that could help us with our electrical and wiring repair needs. We recently remodeled our house and there is some part of our house that needs to rewire. I was browsing through online and found Electrician Tech Inc. I was really convinced with the reviews I read on the internet and they were also recommended by a close friend of mine. I schedule them and they arrived the next day, very professional, friendly, well-experience and reliability. They were able to get the job done effectively and in a timely manner. I really appreciate the great help and would love to recommend them!
Electrician Techs IncElectrician Techs Inc
Thumbtack Customer
Dexter is a great contractor. He is by far the best contractor I had. He was fair in pricing, and very pleasant to work with. I hired Dexter as a contractor to repair electrical problems I was having in and around my house. Dexter provided and displayed the professional knowledge to me and my mother to allow us to make the best possible decisions. Dexter took on and completed projects that previous contractors started and did not finish. He even troubleshooted the entire project and did the necessary work that the previous contractors didn't want to do. This goes to show that he can be counted on to give 110 percent under all circumstances whether he began the project or he is picking up in the middle from which someone did not finish the project. Basically he does things the correct way--he does not "cut-corners." Regardless of the situation, Dexter will do everything possible to make sure that his performance is correct and done right. Dexter is a great electrician. You should definitely hire him as a contractor.
Dexworks Repairs & Handyman Services.Dexworks Repairs & Handyman Services.
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