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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
Paul B.
Very quickly response and service. Was able to properly identify and resolve issue very quickly. Would definitely use again for any electrical repair needs.
B and B Electricty and ContractingB and B Electricty and Contracting
Thumbtack Customer
If you need electrical work, use Trevor! He was able come quickly and make the needed repairs. Trevor was very knowledgable and professional. Great company!
Direct Electric, LLCDirect Electric, LLC
Jessica L.
Donyvan was great. Professional and took his time to explain everything that was going on with my projects before he proceeded with any repairs. Will definitely have him back again for other upcoming electrical work.
Wait Electrical SolutionsWait Electrical Solutions
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Ladson expertly installed a new electrical box, rerun our Gas line and ran a troubleshoot for our attic fan. He showed true professionalism in his work ethic, showed up on time and worked tirelessly to repair our electrical needs. Mr. Ladson is a top notch repairman that we would proudly refer to anyone.
Ladson Remodeling ElectricalLadson Remodeling Electrical
Pat S.
Mr. Russell came to my service after I experienced a difficult situation with another contractor. I needed a new electric panel installed, outlets and switches repaired, a hot water tank repaired or replaced, and a main stack leak repaired. Mr. Russell came right out to do the work and sent pictures to me of before and after, since I am out of town. He said the hot water tank only needed a drain valve replaced, not the whole tank replaced. He suggested replacing a pull-chain type light in the basement with a switch. He moved washer and dryer outlets so they would be up to code. When I arrived a day later to see the final results, Mr. Russell showed me everything he had done and showed me which lights or switches had shorts that had needed to be repaired. He saw that work had not progressed on repairs in our house, and he offered his services to remove some construction rubbish from outside, if it was not picked up. He also told me he could get someone who would be able to complete the repairs if needed. Mr. Russell is returning tomorrow to fix the leak in the main stack. He was hesitant to do it at first, because another plumber had already attempted to fix it by replacing toilets. It still leaks, and the plumber has not been around. Since I know Mr. Russell will show up and get it fixed, I asked him to do the job. Mr. Russell is very professional, displaying much expertise in his work. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for electrical or plumbing services.
Ladson Remodeling ElectricalLadson Remodeling Electrical
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