How to Find the Best Electrician in Denver, CO
January 31, 2017
So you’ve found yourself in need of professional electrical work. But after doing a quick Google search for electricians in the area, you’re overwhelmed with the options.
How do you make sure you’re hiring the best electrician in the Denver area?
Well, we’re here to help. We’ll show you the process you should take when looking for the best electrician in the Denver area.
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Step 1: Weed out electricians with bad ratings
First off, browse through the list that Google Places offers and mentally cross off electricians who have:
- No reviews at all
- A low amount of reviews (less than 10 or so)
- Low “stars” approval rating
Once you cross those electricians off, you should have a healthy list of electricians with a high number of reviews and high approval ratings (number of stars).
Step 2: Verify licenses
Now that you have your initial list of electricians, you’ll want to go through and narrow down the list even more to electricians who are licensed in the city and county of Denver.
Don’t worry, it’s easier than it sounds.
Just type in the name of the business or professional at denvergov.org. If the electrician isn’t licensed, a message will pop up alerting you that no records are found under that name. In this case, you’ll want to cross that electrician off the list immediately.
If an electrician is licensed, also check that their license is still active (see picture below).
Hiring unlicensed electricians to perform repairs or maintenance on electrical equipment can cause the warranty to be void. Also, if unlicensed electricians work on certain electrical equipment that later causes damage to your home, most homeowners insurance policies won’t cover it.
Licensed electricians are also:
- Required to undergo continuing education courses
- Up to date on the National Electric Code
- Bonded and insured
So what exactly does a bonded and insured professional mean?
Well, if an electrician is “insured”, it means that if they damage your home or get hurt on your property, it will be covered by their insurance and you won’t be held responsible. So, yes, if your electrician isn’t insured, you’ll be held responsible for any damages or hospital bills!
To avoid all that, ask an electrician if they have the following types of insurance:
- Worker’s compensation
- Personal liability
- Property damage coverage
An electrician who is “bonded” has an insurance policy that protects the homeowner from a professional who doesn’t complete the job as promised. If the electrician fails to meet the demands of the contract, a surety bond provides financial compensation to the wronged homeowner.
Step 3: Check for experience and specialty
When vetting an electrician, ask how long they’ve been in business. Cross off companies or professionals who have less than 2 years of experience.
Also, ask about their specialty in the kind of job you need. Ask them for a few references, specifically customers who had the same job completed recently. If they don’t have much experience completing the kind of work you need done, cross them off the list.
Also cross off electricians who simply can’t provide references.
Step 4: Get several bids and ask about warranties
Now comes the (not so) fun part: Describe your needs and get bids from the remaining professionals.
But don’t let the lowest price be your only determining factor. Ask each electrician about the kind of warranty they offer on their work.
Quality contractors who truly stand by their work will offer a labor warranty for at least a year depending on the job completed.
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