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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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
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
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
Jeffrey A.
Stan did a great job quickly assessing my issue and fixing it. He was very punctual and is hard-working and friendly as well. I will definitely hire him the next time I need an electrician and will recommend him to anyone who needs electrical work done.
Demis electric service LLCDemis electric service LLC
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
Jordan D.
I hired Daniel to help me prepare for and pass the required permit inspections as we finish out our basement. He also re-wired 3 ceiling fan light switches for me in some upstairs bedrooms. Through the whole process he has been very knowledgeable, easy to work with, and professional. I would highly recommend any friends or family to SuperNova Electric for future electrician work.
SuperNova Electric, LLCSuperNova Electric, 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.
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
Samara G.
I was really impressed with the initial correspondence with VIVA Contractors. In fact, the night before the job, they confirmed and even said they'd arrive an hour early. Jump to the morning of... I woke up and got ready early to greet them, but they didn't arrive. An hour and twenty minutes passed, still nothing. So I reached out. Apparently the electrician had a family emergency, which is obviously fine, as life happens! A phone call or email would have been appreciated though. We rescheduled for the next day, and they were right on time. They installed a ceiling fan and foyer chandelier. The fan was fine, though unfortunately they broke a piece of glass from the square chandelier, which needed to be replaced. They were great about being honest and upfront about it, and said it was on them, and they'd replace it. Awesome. The only difficulty was in getting them to schedule a time to come back with the glass. I called, texted and messaged for 3 days before I got a definitive answer from them. Once we finally got in touch, they came and replaced the glass without issue. Overall, it was a mixed experience. The job was done and we have no complaints after the fact. It was a bit frustrating getting to completion though.
VIVA ContractorVIVA Contractor
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