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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 hvac professionals
Clyde C.
Best price & fans look great.
Mike's Drywall and HandymanMike's Drywall and Handyman
Kyunghee K.
He was super great to install our ceiling fan.
Task AmericiaTask Americia
Angie M.
He was great and installed 3 fans for us! Highly recommend!
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Paul S.
This fan wasn't an easy install but Westly made it happen. Would hire again.
Samara G.
Great experience! Allen was on time, pleasant, and professional. The fan looks great. Would highly recommend!
Cyneplex Home Theater & LightingCyneplex Home Theater & Lighting
Kate G.
Super professional- even assembled the fans. Great pricing, will definitely be back for future electrical projects!
Loper Electrical ServicesLoper Electrical Services
Michelle S.
Great work installing my fan quickly today! Would use this company again! Thank you!
J&J ServicesJ&J Services
Joe B.
Jose and his team did a great job installing a ceiling fan where there was an existing fixture. Thank you.
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Brynn W.
So glad I found Iqbal on Thumbtack. He came by yesterday to give an estimate for installing 4 fans and a chandelier. Estimate was reasonable and he was able to come over today due to a cancellation. Excellent work. Noticed a slight defect on one of the fan's shaft, pointed it out and then adjusted the positioning to hide the defect (scratch.) I asked for an estimate to add an outlet in my closet and he took care of it on the spot. Couldn't be happier with my new fans, chandelier and outlet thanks to Iqbal and his team. Highly recommend and WILL be using his services again.
Xaimara D.
Juan was on time the day of our appointment, he looked at the area, brought in his ladder and tools and installed our ceiling fan quickly and without messes made. He even went above and beyond by suggesting mounting the remote control for the fan on the wall. We were very happy with the service and the how reasonable the cost was. Will definitely be hiring again if we need him. Thanks Juan.
Racing Electric LLCRacing Electric LLC
Colleen L.
Prompt. Great communication. Slight fit problem with the ceiling fan not his fault. Made sure to communicate options. Looking forward to using again for another install
Cyneplex Home Theater & LightingCyneplex Home Theater & Lighting
Richard G.
Mr Bryant was on time, keeping me posted on his arrival. He installed 6 ceiling fans with lights, making sure that they functioned properly before leaving.
Bryant Home InstallationsBryant Home Installations
Steve H.
Had an issue with a prewired ceiling fan that wasn't getting power from the switch. The election came on a Sunday, quickly identified the issue and was done in an hour. Great work on short notice.
Veeris & Petersen Electric, LLCVeeris & Petersen Electric, LLC
Chetan P.
Tyrone helped me with my ceiling fan installation, he was very professional, gave helpful pointers and did a great job with the installation. I am super happy with the service
Task AmericiaTask Americia
Ajit A.
We hired Keith to replace a light junction box and install a ceiling fan junction box. He did a clean and professional job at a most competitive price. I will not hesitate to hire him again.
Keith Webster
Annie P.
Wilber was able to quickly identify the wiring issue with my fan/light combo in one bedroom and then determine the wiring issue with smaller pop-led lamps in the living room. Very helpful, punctual, and professional.
K&K Electric LLCK&K Electric LLC
Rajesh G.
It was very easy to work with Iqbal and his team. They were quick, polite and to the point. Not trying to oversell anything. Got a couple of ceiling fans installed and am very happy with their work. Would highly recommend working with him for any electrical needs.
Hari A.
Guilmer installed 4 recess lights and a fan including the outlets. He was extremely quick and was able to get it done in a very timely manner. His quality and the pace at which he got his work done clearly indicates that he has been doing this for a while.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Gary W.
Edgar installed a ceiling fan for us he did an excellent job. He was very professional and is an extremely nice man. We liked him and his work so much he’s coming back to do more work for us. We would highly recommend him.
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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
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.
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Brian N.
Edgar did an amazing job with wiring/mounting a brand new ceiling fan and wall-mounting a new flat screen (along with cable and power jack relocation). Of the 3 vendors we had provide an assessment, we felt the most comfortable with Edgar’s experience, and as a bonus, he was also the best value! Highly recommended. We will definitely use Edgar for future work, and have already recommended him to two friends.
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