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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What do I need an electrician for?

Electricians can help with a variety of electricity-related jobs around your home. If you have a new home, they can install new wiring throughout. Or if you have an old home, they can help with wiring repair. 

If your lights keep flickering, circuit breakers seem to be faulty, or outlets don’t have any power, electricians can assist in sorting out the problem. Your house is full of electrical circuits, wiring and sockets that may need repair or updating. These tasks can be safely completed by electricians in your area.

Contact the best electricians near you today to start receiving free estimates for your project(s).

How much does a licensed electrician cost per hour?

An electrician’s average hourly rate is $75, but this price can range from $45-$120, depending on the complexity of the job and the materials needed. The total cost will also vary depending on how long your job takes and if the electrician charges for travel time.

Your location may also be a factor in determining the hourly rate of performing electrical work on your home. To get an accurate estimate of how much electrical work will cost you, contact the best electricians near you to receive free quotes.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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. 

Reviews for Ashburn electricians
Raghu T.
Jose is an outstanding electrician. His work is excellent and very fairly priced.
J&J ServicesJ&J Services
Mona A.
Very professional and very helpful. I found my go to electricians!! 😊
RENEGADE Electrical LLCRENEGADE Electrical LLC
Ashley T.
David is now our go to electrician. He was professional, punctual, and did great work installing 3 fans! He was flexible with our availability and did the job start to finish at the price he promised. I would DEFINITELY recommend him to others looking for an honest and dependable electrician!
David ZimmermanDavid Zimmerman
Colleen F.
They finished a job the last electrician didn’t finish. Professional, quick, and best of all my light works now!
Max ElectricMax Electric
Matt A.
Johny is a fantastic electrician who takes time to do the work properly. He added a 30A breaker and outlet.
Johny electricJohny electric
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.
A I E CONTRACTORS LLCA I E CONTRACTORS LLC
Dawn C. G.
Great experience with SkyLight! The electricians came early, worked quickly, and even took our old light fixture away. Thanks so much!
SkyLight Renovations LLC.  Electrical & RemodelingSkyLight Renovations LLC. Electrical & Remodeling
Cindy D.
Thunder electric did an excellent job. My electrician responded and set up my appointment with a quick turn around. Would definitely use them again.
Thunder ElectricThunder Electric
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
Salvatore M.
Melvin was exceptional, he exceeded all the expectations. Knowledgeable, clean and precise work, timely and cost effective. I would recommend him to anyone who needs an electrician.
MC ElectricMC Electric
Sam B.
Fantastic company. I have tried a few different electricians in the area and this is by far the best. Honest and efficient as well as high quality. Highly recommend over others in the area.
Pro ElectricPro Electric
Khaled A.
Peter is really a saver. After 3 attempts, 3 different electricians, Peter came and fixed my outlet problem. He is very professional. I will definitely work with him again.
At Home ElectricalAt Home Electrical
Murat P.
Johny is a very talented electrician, that you can give any size project both inside and outside of your home. He listens well, and offers good solutions to your problems. He also knows electrical code and products well.
Johny electricJohny electric
Christopher L.
I got in over my head on a DIY project and posted it on Thumbtack. Ryan came out the next morning on a weekend to bail me out. He was extremely professional, efficient and a genuinely nice guy. On top of that he was also the most affordable of the electricians that responded with quotes. 5 stars in my book. I will definitely keep his card for future projects.
Ryan electrical serviceRyan electrical service
Steven Y.
Needed Compass to install 3 pendant lights. Response to request was very quick and he was able to perform a timely installation. Very impressed with the quality of his work. He took his time with the measurements and was very precise with all of his work. Very neat and cleaned up completely at the end of the job. Very reasonable price(really less that other electricians in the area). Would definitely hire him again.
Compass ElectricCompass Electric
Ryan M.
We had a full remodel of a room in our basement. The team did a great job fixing the mistakes of the previous electrician who built our home and added several new outlets and a new higher amperage circuit to our panel box. They also installed 6 new flush mount LED lights in the room. The results are great! I look forward to using Square Electrical again on a bigger remodel of our home.
Square Electrical LLCSquare Electrical LLC
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.
Dave S.
What a pleasant surprise! I was still skeptical after reading online reviews, but am now writing my own positive review. Nick is an experienced professional; he listened to my problem and suggested a straightforward, simple solution. (He ran a dedicated 240V line from my garage electrical panel to my upstairs humidifier. He also came up with a way to make it fit within my existing electrical panel.) I was also very happy with the price. I'm no longer a skeptic. Nick is now my go-to electrician! Dave
A Good Electrician LLCA Good Electrician LLC
Yang C.
I’m very very happy with the service received from the master electrician Luke and Will that spent a few hours helping me install the island range hood today! They’re highly professional and laid out the details of different options before they started the work. Then they worked tirelessly to get the job done without a break. I am really thankful that they take part of their weekend to help me with the project. The quality of the work is top notch and the price they charge is lower than the other places that gave me quotes. I would highly recommend them to any electrical work in the house.
LG Electrical, LLCLG Electrical, LLC
Brett T.
The best electrician 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟, Thank you so much for helping me with my wires and my light switches and my outlets. Thank you so much for noticing the faulty wires inside of my breaker box that would be a fire hazard and helping me fix those. Thank you so much for being available and helping me and providing the best service! The electric work is amazing The value is awesome, I Will give you a call whenever I have any lighting or electric needs Thank you so much for all of your help! 🔌💡⚡
JR Power ElectricJR Power Electric
Bobby S.
I greatly appreciate his verbal commitment that was followed by action. He was very responsive and transparent with pricing throughout the process. Unlike a lot of Electricians I got quotes from, Wadi was extremely reasonable in pricing and him and his teams work was immaculate. My husband who is extremely particular had 0 complaints about the quality of work and the team working. Wadi Electric installed 40 recess lights in our home, in one day. They worked diligently from 9AM-8PM, cleaned up after themselves and transformed our house. I would 100000% recommend them to family and friends and they will be my go to for any future electric projects.
Wadi Electric CoWadi Electric Co
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
Taha K.
I am very disappointed with this service provided. It doesn't deserve any stars. I had a problem with a switch that tripping the circuit breaker. He replaced the switch and the breaker and charged my $200. few minutes after he left, the problem was not fixed (came back). After contacting him, He said he will be back the following day, but he didn't. I kept messaging and calling him for 3 days with no response. Today, I hired another technician who said that the new installed breaker is not with the county code and needs to be replace. I had to pay $456 more to undo what he had done. I don't recommend this guy. You (none electrician) probably can do it better job than him.
Lindo electrical construction LLCLindo electrical construction LLC
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