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Solving electrical problems and doing electrical repairs can be risky things to do if you don’t know exactly what you are doing.  Sometimes it is absolutely necessary to hire a certified electrician to do these things for you so that you don’t put yourself or your property at risk.  Here are some key things you should keep in mind when choosing an electrician.

Certifications: You should always feel free to ask an electrician about their certifications; if they aren’t willing to answer your questions about it, they probably aren’t the right electrician for you.  There are different levels of training that an electrician must go through before earning certifications.  Typically, they start out as an electrician apprentice working under the direct supervision of a journeyman and the general supervision of a master electrician.  A master electrician has the highest level of certification and more experience than an apprentice or a journeyman.

References: A good electrician should always be able to give you references if you ask for them.  Any hesitation in this area is not a good sign.  It is a good idea to check with the references that the electrician gives you before hiring them.

Insurance: It is very important to hire an electrician that carries the proper insurance.  Without proper insurance, you could be responsible for any damages they happen to cause, such as an electrical fire or other accidents.  Be sure to confirm that you are hiring an insured electrician.

Communication: It is also important for the electrician you hire to have great communication skills.  They should be friendly, courteous, interested in your problem, and listen to your concerns.  They should also be upfront about costs and give you an estimate of how long the project should take.

Keep all of these things in mind as you seek out someone for electrical consulting.