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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
Shay K.
Bull Electric Service provided great same day service!! He repaired all of my outdoor outlets quickly and was very professional and affordable! I highly recommend this company for any electrical repairs.
Bull ElectricityBull Electricity
Christopher B.
Highly recommend for any electrical work you may have. He did a number of electrical repairs and upgrades for us and did a fantastic job.
Thumbtack Customer
Edgar did an excellent job of idlentifying the problem and repairing it quickly! I will call him again and recommend him for any electrical repairs!!
American Electric ContractorAmerican Electric Contractor
Melvin H.
Ramon was very prompt, courteous and quickly diagnosed and fixed my electrical issue. I appreciate his work and recommend him for your electrical repair needs.
Blanco ElectricBlanco Electric
Matthew D.
Had various electrical repairs done. He did quality work for a reasonable price.
Sandra E.
Dennis was very knowledgeable and quick with the electrical repair needed. He appears to be a professional and extremely helpful.
DMC ConstructionDMC Construction
Corey H.
Carlos and his team are real pros and made our repairs very easy on us. We will always call 5 Stars Electric first for all of our electrical needs.
5 stars electric5 stars electric
Reese D.
So glad we chose Jay Electric for our switch repair and replacement. Javier was quick to respond to our request and available to complete the job the next morning. We will be using Jay Electric again in the future.
Nicole M.
Awesome work! Arrived on time and performed job quickly and efficiently. Will use again for any electric repairs around the house.
White HomeWhite Home
George M.
A-Pro Electrical Services responded very fast to my service request. The tech, Rene was very professional. He explained the issue and repaired it in a very timely manner. I would definitely use A-Pro Electrical again.
A-Pro Electrical Services, Corp.A-Pro Electrical Services, Corp.
Oscar G.
Damon did an excellent job, was very professional and arrived on time. Damon was very informative about the electrical problems in my daughters house. He replaced and repaired the project and priced was good. I recommend Damon for any of your electrical projects and I will be using him in the future. Absolutely awesome
OPA - ElectricalOPA - Electrical
Beatrice W.
Javier is a licensed, professional and helpful electrician. He installed an electrical plug, in prep for for our new stove. In the process, he also gave good feedback on what is code compliant vs not. I reached out to him with a question post repair and he was prompt and helpful with his reply. Would ask him to work on future electrical projects for sure.
Bett S.
My mother passed away and I am trying to sell her house built in 1982. I'm under contract but the buyer wanted some repairs done that were listed in the inspection report, of which some were electrical. I got 3 estimates to do the electrical work. I explained all of this to the electrical contractors and I explained that I didn't want to do anything else, even if it needed to be done, because I'm selling the house and don't want to spend a lot more money on it. I received an estimate from another contractor of $2970, $3510 and $4540 depending on if I wanted to get the house to be 2002, 2008 or 2020 compliant. If it had been my house, that I was living in, then maybe I would have done the work to get it 2020 compliant. But, again this is a house that I am selling. I won't make my money back on any work that I have done at this point. Jay Electric explained that I didn't need to do certain things that the other contractors had said because I was only required to do certain repairs to be compliant for a 1982 house. He charged me $650 to do the repairs. $650 and $4540 is a BIG, BIG difference. Jay Electric did not tell me I needed repairs that were not needed to be compliant with 1982 requirements. In fact, he told me that some of the more expensive repairs recommended by other contractors were not needed. I wish all contractors were as honest with me as Jay Electric. I will definitely call them when I need more work done on my own house.
Kathy B.
1/20/2021: Repairs a tripped circuit breaker that did not reset Jerry is easy to work with and reasonable with his pricing. He's really good with his clients on any electrical needs and pricing. Highly recommended!
Jerry’s ElectricJerry’s Electric
Lalita H.
This technician was on it! I live out of state and needed electrical service to install a chandelier in a rental. He immediately responded and was flexible. He even repaired another light while he was taking care of the chandelier. I will use him, again.
Will D.
Joe helped me fix several small projects around the house. He worked hard, showed up on time, and was very knowledgeable about electrical repairs. He's a good guy and if you need help with any projects I recommend him.
Joe’s General ServicesJoe’s General Services
Chris v.
Jay was so helpful. Replaced a bunch of light switches and outlets throughout my house. He also repaired a few I tried doing myself 🤦🏿‍♀️. Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. I will be hiring him in the near future for more electrical work.
Angelica G.
Luis was responsive and helped me with a quote for electrical work repair for a home I was trying to purchase. We did the inspection and followed up with a quote right away. He is very knowledgeable and walked the home with me and talked me through the main issues. Very helpful and honest. Will rehire given the opportunity
Don A.
Rick did an excellent job in repairing a couple of electrical problems at our house. He showed up on time and completed the job in 1.5 hours...a job that I expected to take several hours, at a minimum. I consider him an expert in his field and he will definitely be our go-to electrician in the future. Highly recommend!
Rick LaughhunnRick Laughhunn
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel Rios is very professional and willing to go above and beyond to complete his work professionally and safely for his customers. He has repaired an outlet, installed two ceiling fans, replaced a remote device on an existing ceiling fan, installed wall outlets and moved TV cable connections to wall mount a new tv. His next job for me will be to install a new breaker box for my home. I highly recommend ERios Electric. He is very prompt and skillful with his service. He is now my go-to guy for electrical work!
Tik Tak ElectricTik Tak Electric
Alexandra C.
I cannot say enough good things about Essential Electric. I called the out to replace a few outlets in our kitchen that needed updating and repair. They were friendly, quick, and thorough with the job. They did far more than I expected and charged the most reasonable prices I’ve ever hoped to get from an electrician. I cannot recommend them enough!
Essential Electrical ProsEssential Electrical Pros
Sade F.
I’d like to thank Ryan, Richard, and Wendy, for being part of the process. Ryan was able to identify the electrical issue correctly, and he was very knowledgeable. Richard was on time and finished the installations efficiently. Wendy was very kind in helping me schedule the appointments. Communications were superb, I got a detailed report of the charges before starting the repairs. Richard and Ryan also gave me a call to let me know that they were on their way for the appointment ahead of time. Communication is a very important factor when it comes to hiring a professional. I recommend Essential Electric for their responsiveness, trustworthiness, and expertise! Thank you all so much. I am happy I have found them here.
Essential Electrical ProsEssential Electrical Pros
Maria Leon V.
Albert is a Master Licensed electrician which many do not have this highest level of licensing on Thumbtack which is very important. Above that, he is excellent at what he does and his technician that came to assist was excellent too. His response to my inquery of finding the ballasts for my 6 kitchen florence lights that the original one was discontinued was excellent. He found the replacements ballasts that now are used for them saving me time and most important money. He was on time and did the job very carefully, even going beyond what was required, by also cleaning by drop down panels that are not part of the florence lights he repaired before putting them back in place. Thank you Albert and assistant Junior for the great job. I highly recommend BackUp Electric for all your electrical needs.
Backup ElectricBackup Electric
Mary J.
I had an intruder in back yard and I quickly called Home Advisor for an Electrician. Luis was the first to respond, - - within the hour. I told Mr. Robledo of the incident that occurred in my back yard. An appointment was made and he was here the next day. I asked for his recommendation on how to illuminate my backyard to hopefully avoid any further incidents. He repaired old lighting fixtures and installed new ones. The cost was most reasonable. For any further electrical work that needs to be done in my house, I know who to call. He is a keeper!
Lui electricLui electric
Johnny N.
DO NOT USE THIS DISHONEST CONTRACTOR!!!!!! Wilson agreed to do the job and ended abandoning the job site. Job was to run new electrical to pool pump and pool light. Running electrical to pool pump was straight forward but going to the pool light was a little more difficult. We were trying to do this job without breaking concrete. I would of been ok if he told me he couldn't do the job prior to cutting into the concrete around my pool. He never consulted me and went ahead and started cutting the concrete by the pool. Once he already destroyed the concrete he decided he didn't want to do the job anymore and just sent me a text that he was leaving. Now I am left with additional repairs and an unfinished job. When I finally got in touch with him to talk about why he proceeded to cut the concrete he hung up on me without an explanation. STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS GUY.
Associated Electrical ServicesAssociated Electrical Services
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