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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 electricians
Lauren R.
Peter and his team were able to fix my electrical outlet on the same day I contacted them! They are professional and punctual and I will definitely call them for future electrical needs.
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Keoji C.
I definitely will be using Pro Electric for all of my electrical needs. They provided a great explanation of the work that would be done and ensured that the products worked properly prior to their departure. Because of their work and professionalism, I now feel safer as they installed a RING Doorbell Pro and Nest Protects in my home. I already have a couple more projects in mind for them. For your electrical needs, give Pro Electric a call. Best Customer Service Ever!! 😊
Pro ElectricPro Electric
Ida B.
Roger and his son did an AWESOME job with installing two ceiling fans and fixing electrical issues in my home!! They both were very professional and pleasant to speak with. Roger took time to explain the cause of my electrical issues and the solutions. I will definitely hire them again if additional electrical repairs are needed.
Roger Professional Electrician!!Roger Professional Electrician!!
Mariam A.
John did an excellent job on the electrical work in my condo. He was punctual and took the time to explain the work involved. He worked around my schedule and was extremely professional. I will definitely call him for any future electrical work and highly recommend him for anyone looking to start or complete any electrical projects .
Rowshaun E.
I will definitely be using them again for my electrical needs!
Pro ElectricPro Electric
April P.
Great experience with VP Electrical!! Had a different electrical company no show the day prior. I had a tight deadline to have this work done and they were super responsive and got everything done in less than 48 hours from initial contact. Priced competitively and stuck to their estimate. Highly recommend VP Electrical and will use them again both personally and professionally !!
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Loryce E.
Pro Electric was super knowledgeable and fast! Will definitely work with them again.
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Ali K.
Electrical service by J&J was fantastic yesterday. Mr. Jose arrived on time. He knew exactly what to do an he performed the electrical needs without a problem and the area was left clean too! Great Job.
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Anis S.
I can’t say enough good things about JK Electrical Services. He fixed the issues with my electric panel so it will pass the county’s final inspection. He took his time and did the job right.
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Ashwini K.
He is very professional and knowledgeable. Will definitely reach out for other electric work.
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Ivan P.
I am in the customer service industry. I really appreciated Keith’s punctuality, attentiveness, and efficiency when it came to our electrical needs. Professional, courteous, and above all honest; gonna have him back soon to do some more electrical work for us. He’s a class act!
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Christopher L.
I was very impressed by Compass Electric. I needed a large TV mounted with a new outlet installed and other cords hid. I had a very specific vision in mind. John worked with me to not only understand how I wanted it done but then to carry it out. He was punctual, efficient and provided a great value for the work I needed done. Besides that, I thought he was an all round good guy to work with. I will definitely use Compass Electric for future electrical needs.
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Kamaleshwaran S.
Though it was a small electrical Job, Iqbal was awesome and very professional. I was looking for a trustworthy electrician, Iqbal would be one.
Patrick C.
Fantastic experience working with Pro electric. They went above and beyond on all work and were very transparent throughout the entire process.
Pro ElectricPro Electric
LeRoy T.
They do great work and are extremely professional. The next time I have a need for any kind of electrical work it I’ll be calling them.
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S. P.
Richard is punctual, professional, and works quickly/efficiently. I would definitely recommend him and will call him again for future electrical needs.
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Srinivas K.
Showed up on time, was very neat/organized, came in $70 under estimate! What’s not to love? Would use K&K electric again.
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Sulgi L.
Nick was meticulous yet very quick with his work. I will be contacting him again for other electrical needs around the house. Thanks Nick!
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Jonathan W.
Steve and Andrew did great work on a project one day before my move in which involved a lot of electrical work and they got it done!
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Deven T.
Excellent service and professionalism. I had a electrical issue and discussed with Keith the suspected cause. Keith quoted a reasonable price for the job. When he arrived and detected that the issue was something else, he fixed the issue and charged me a lower price as the job required less work compared to what we initially discussed. I definitely recommend him for any electrical work.
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Pedram P.
Iqbal was responsive and punctual. He did quality work and was very professional in getting the job done. I highly recommend Iqbal for your electrical needs.
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
Syed R.
I wanted to move our electrical outlet close to light switch and Terry did an awesome job moving the outlet. He is very friendly, flexible electrician
Terry Home RepairsTerry Home Repairs
Aneeb Q.
They were on time, extremely professional, and did great job. He even provided free consultation on an electrical problem in my dining room. Overall, a great experience.
Pro ElectricPro Electric
Aneeb Q.
He arrived on time, was polite, and focused on completing the job. He even made a follow up visit when I was running into some electrical problems that turned out to not be a problem.
Roger Professional Electrician!!Roger Professional Electrician!!
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