You've come across a project that requires electrical repairs a little beyond your means. Don't worry, this happens to everyone! Not every project falls into "do it yourself" territory. Rather than face death by electrocution, you have wisely chosen to look for an electrical contractor. This is a tough process in and of itself. Here are the steps you need to follow before letting that electrician (from Safeway Electric or another company) walk into your home!

Make Sure The Are Licensed

Do not cut any corners here! An unlicensed electrician is undoubtedly the cheaper option, but you are at their mercy if they screw something up. Times are tough and many folks will do whatever is necessary to take advantage of you. There are people out in the world that will pose as electrical contractors hoping to prey on the ignorant. A license can save you from this hassle. Furthermore, a license guarantees that the contractor will comply with all electrical protocols and ensures that they are a reliable person.

Insurance Matters!

Never hire a residential electrician unless you know they are insured. These folks are dealing with electricity every working day of their lives. It does not take much to get zapped! One mistake and they could burn down your house, or worse, injure someone. You do not want to be the one paying for their ineptitude. If they're not insured, look elsewhere.

Research the Issue

Make sure you have a clear understanding of the electrical repairs you want done and be able to communicate them. It is essential to not skimp out on the details when explaining the issue to a contractor. Electrical contractors may be professionals, but their ability to diagnose the problem depends on your words. If both parties are on a different page, nobody will leave satisfied. Talk to an electrician as if you are explaining symptoms to a doctor.

Compare Estimates

Find three residential electricians you would be willing to hire and get estimates from all of them. Afford yourself the ability to shop around. These estimates should not only include labor and material costs, but an estimated time frame for completion as well. An electrician working on your home for three months can be a huge inconvenience. Ultimately, go with the electrical contractor that meets all your requirements.

Get the Agreement in Writing

Before letting the electrician dig around your home, get the deal in writing! Have them sign the agreement and then keep it with you at all times. If the contractor begins to double-back on their promises, you have something tangible to hold over their head. A written agreement is also priceless if you end up facing them in a courtroom.

Every point mentioned is necessary if you want to remain on the safe side! You want to pick the right person for the job because electrical repairs can be expensive and time consuming. Treat the pursuit for an electrical contractor the same as a search for a new home. Above all, remember that you can never be too careful when dealing with a third party.