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Power outages are unpredictable, so planning ahead is key to staying safe. This checklist helps you prepare with the right supplies and information.
Houston, TX 77073
I had a friend who used MisterSparky and I was impressed that when they knew on the phone that it was an emergency situation that they sent someone straight out. They fixed a breaker for an AC that someone had taken out the breakers and put in copper tube pieces. In the Houston summer to realize…
5044 Timber Creek DrHouston, TX 77017
From Business: *Licensed And Insured Commercial Electrical Contractors and Cabling Contractors *Commercial & Industrial Maintenance *Phone and Computer Wiring *Security Lighting *New Construction *Light Fixture Replacements *Tenant Build-Outs *Troubleshooting and Repairs AMENITY After Hours Emergency Service Available.
3336 Spring Stuebner RdSpring, TX 77389
Hired this company to place ligthing in our warehouse and parking lots! They did a great job, and very professional. I have recommended this company to a few fellow companies. Great Work BrotherS!
2500 E T C Jester BlvdHouston, TX 77008
From Business: We AT tesla electric understand the dire concerns with electrical issues. These issues could affect the safety of your investment and completely diminish the quality that investment provides to YOU. Your family. Or your clients. This is WHY we respond with urgency to address while providing thorough diagnosis and cost effe…
17634 Glenmark DrHouston, TX 77084
The electrician from A-1 Plus Electrical who worked on my two projects in January 2016 told me he was not licensed. Furthermore, he rewired a working gate incorrectly, causing the battery to die. I had used this company before but David Saldana refused to offer a refund or contribute to the co…
7118 Misty Morning DrHumble, TX 77346
I was able to get a hold of Otis and his crew on short notice. They all acted very professional during the time spent working. Joe was very experience in his field of work and i haven't had a single problem with there work.
2313 Bauer DrHouston, TX 77080
Wired has done work both for my home and my business! They are very professional, on time, courteous and do very good work! Wish more companies were like Wired Electrical Services! JT Clark Hickory Stix
607 Durham DrHouston, TX 77007
From Business: In many homes and offices, LIGHT is understood in its functional aspects. Rarely is it understood in terms of its artistic qualities. Lighting is more than utilitarian - it is theater! How an object is illuminated is just as important as what is being focused upon. That is what makes Illuminations Lighting Design unique. W…
5606 Rabb Ridge DrRichmond, TX 77469
Beware they charge too much. They just tightened loose screws inside my circuit breaker that trips the power to the whole house. In fairness to Dustin who came, he is very nice and explained everything (he gets 5 star). The price they charge us is just overwhelming. Reliant Energy people came to…
Houston, TX 77049
From Business: The electricians at Greater Texas Electrical has served Greater Houston for over 23 years with 24hr emergency service and an electrical work guarantee. Greater Texas Electrical is an electrical contractor for commercial, industrial, retail, restaurants, warehouses, residential and more. Experts in electrical troubleshootin…
Houston, TX 77019
From Business: As a home service company, our belief is in relationships first and not the rates. We believe in creating value that will be beneficial to our clients and the community. This is because we cherish the affection and trust of our clients and the community very much. Our experts and staff are among the best friendly and pleas…
10005 W Sam Houston Pkwy N Ste 200Houston, TX 77064
Easy scheduling, affordable and professional service technician. The service plumber I had, Arnold Garza, seemed knowledgeable and efficient performing the service request. He explained the work/cost prior to starting the job.
4626 Floyd StHouston, TX 77007
From Business: Mayfield Electric Company, Inc. is a full-service Electrical Contractor that has been serving the Houston for over sixty years. We specialize in educational facilities, healthcare, restaurants, commercial construction, maintenance, tenant build-out, and 24 hour demand service. Mayfield Electric Co., Inc. also offers turnke…
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For a long time, I wanted to remodel my kitchen and add on a breakfast room. As a homeowner, I wanted to employ a contractor who could integrate all the components of a remodel and manage the entire process from start to finish, without my husband or me to oversee and inspect the project on a daily basis. After much research, I hired Unique Builders & Development Inc. From day one, upon meeting Steve, he was completely professional and showed a passion to make my dream kitchen a reality. Steve and his team gave us the incredible experience of watching our dream kitchen emerge from conception to reality. It was an enjoyable experience and no worries about quality, integrity, and honesty…it was there at all times. Their new and creative ideas made our kitchen truly incomparable to any other. They made every effort to discover our personalities and introduce them into all aspects of the remodel, making it uniquely ours. His team demonstrated meticulous craftsmanship and provided exceptional customer service. The kitchen and cabinet designers worked hand in hand with me to make sure that my kitchen utilized my space in the best possible way. During the renovation, the Superintendant was always responsive to any questions and concerns and any issues were immediately addressed. We have shared our experience with family and friends, and for those who have seen the transformation, they are all amazed at the attention to detail and quality that is seen throughout. What really sets Unique Builders apart from others is that you never feel like you are just another client…the team makes you feel like your project is the most important thing they are working on, and the results show. Without a doubt, we will be calling on them for our next project.
HCB Electric wired a new HDTV antenna for us in our attic, complete with cable to the TV area and computer area so we can watch and record TV on our computer, too. They also installed outlets where we needed some. They were punctual, extremely neat, you wouldn't even know they'd been here and the price was reasonable. While they were here they pointed out a problem with the electrical connection to my house from the electrical pole and told me to call Center Point to have that fixed. It was serious enough that that Center Point was out within two hours of my calling them and that part of it was fixed at no cost to me. I'm so glad HCB was here and told me about that as I had no idea there was a problem.
I'll tell you what! I have used Mr. Sparky personally for my home and Business needs. They were so very professional, complete and very upfront - with work and costs. I was so impressed that I have turned my clients to Mr. Sparky for their electrical, sound, and large display needs. All of my clients have been thrilled with the quality of work and the professionalism Mr. Sparky brings to their industry. I can't thank them enough for being such a great service to myself and my clients. They have taken the time to do the job properly. They also can explain it to those of us that don't understand the lingo of their work. In my book, 5 out of 5! Greg Henry - XperNet Services.
We were very pleased with the electrical service that Lone Star Electrical Services performed at our house. The technician who came out was on time, friendly, helpful, and thorough in his diagnosis and repair work. He fixed our issues in no time at all!! He also performed a free home inspection which he found a couple of breakers in my panel that were not up to code and replaced immediately. I have a brand new home and yet it still didn't measure up to Lone Star Electrical Services' standard for quality work. who we spoke with in the office, Thanks again Lone Star Electrical Services, you are definitely my "go to" electrician!!!!
On march 24, 2011 Mr Sparkey sent me two top electricans who did a fantastic job. I couldn't have asked for two guys who took there job very seriously yet were so kind and considerate, the two were eddy and rodney and are a great team. Rodney did a great job on the installation of power to my shed making sure every detail was laid out in the best most professional way.. Thanks for a job well done. jim burley
When I called Ontime the receptionist was very helpful and got the appointment to a two hour window, after I pick up my kids from school, which was a real plus. The man they sent out, Kory was very polite and professional., but most important he explained the situation to me and showed me what was going on with the wiring, and why it was bad. I knew I had a problem, but just not how serious. Kory and Ontime went to work right away and got me an emergency hook up so we had power on before nightfall. Thanks again, I will refer you to all!
I have been looking to remodel my master bathroom for about 3 years but I really didn't know what or how to do it I met with several remodeling companies in the Houston area and was just about ready to give up when I found unique builders. The initial consultation was just to go over what I wanted like I said I had no idea but they gave us a few ideas but it wasn't until they came back with the design and i knew they were the one. I could go on and on I cant say enough about this company that are great
Called OnTime Electric out to a house we wanted to buy. We had a narrow window of time to be there, and the OnTime guy made it. He had the solution to our problem--Alumacon to eliminate the fire hazard from aluminum wiring. When we called back to have the work done, it was a two-day job. Ernest, the second guy, showed up on time both days, saw the job was even more extensive, but stuck with the original quote, and got the work done great. We're now enjoying our new place.
Excellent service. They set a time and was actually 20 minutes early. I had an air conditioning problem, as the house was not cooling. A major noise was also coming out of my attic. I had gotten an estimate from another air service and was looking at $1200.00 repairs. This repair was a new air handler and moters. UHE did the repairs for $825.00. We were fixed in about 4 hours. I will defently use and reccomend UHE for all my air and electrical repairs.
Mike Gustafson came early which was great. He was polite and courteous. He went to work quickly inspecting the job I needed and made quick work of the project. He explained the payment plans clearly. He did the work including asking my input where needed. He did a great job - and even cleared out the significant packing material that was left at the end of the project! I am very pleased with Mike Gustafson and his work!!
There are different kinds of electricians. Some mostly work with contractors to install and map out electrical circuits inside homes and commercial buildings while others lay wire for large projects such as telephone lines and traffic lights. Keep this in mind when narrowing your search for a professional. If you need a tradesperson to work on your home or building, contact an inside or house wire expert. These professionals specialize in designing and putting new electrical systems in place for houses and commercial buildings.
When you contact an electrical contractor, describe the job that needs completing. Maybe you have a large project, like a remodeling plan that requires new wiring, or a small one, such as replacing a light switch or socket. Let the electrician know. Not every person you call will have the training and know-how to do more complex work.
To further hone your search, make sure you ask electricians the following questions before hiring:
1. Are You Licensed?
Trades such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical work require contractors to carefully install complicated systems that could be hazardous if they're installed incorrectly. Therefore, most states require electricians to receive training and obtain a license before working. An electrician that's licensed is one that's competent and knowledgeable enough of his or her trade to install and maintain electrical systems.
Electricians must complete thousands of hours of training in order to get a license to practice their trade, so make sure not only the company you choose but the employees doing the work show you their license. When you view the license, ensure that it's up to date and that it's issued by your state.
2. Are You Bonded?
There's potentially a lot that can go wrong if a tradesperson like an electrician installs wiring the wrong way. To spare you and your home or office from subpar work, make sure the electrician is bonded. Being bonded means the professional has an intermediary that can pay for any damage caused to a property or foot the bill if the contractor fails to finish the job.
3. Are You Insured?
Besides a bond, you also need an electrician that's insured. Many states require contractors to carry some form of insurance along with their license. Insist that whomever you hire has the proper amount of insurance for the work you need done and call the insurer to check the policy.
See that who you hire for the job has liability and workers' compensation insurance so you don't end up paying for injuries or accidents caused by the company's work. Workers' compensation insurance means the business can provide for any of its employees if they're hurt on the job.
4. Is Your Business Licensed?
Not only should you check that the electrician is licensed by your state, you should also ask if his or her company has the certification to operate in your area. Both the electrician as well as the business he or she works for need licenses either issued by the state or local municipality.
5. Who Will Do the Work?
Ensure the person who actually comes out to complete the work is licensed, bonded and insured. You need to know not just the company that's doing the work but the person they're sending out to your home or building. Make sure the employee doing the job isn't an unsupervised apprentice. If it happens that the business uses a subcontractor, check with both the company and the tradesperson that the same kind of bond and insurance applies for that subcontractor as it would for an employee.
6. How Much Do You Charge by the Hour?
If you have a small and simple job that needs completing, such as a new light switch, then ask the electrician how much they charge for it before hiring him or her. When it comes to larger, more intensive and time-consuming work, you'll want to inquire about the contractor's hourly rate. Many tradespeople will offer to come out to your home or building, examine it and give you an estimate as well as tell you how much they charge per hour. It's best to get this in writing before proceeding.
While you're at it, call several electricians to come out to your home to give you an estimate on the work. This way you can get an idea of what the average price of the job will be.
7. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Many reputable tradespeople provide warranties for their work. Inquire if both the labor and parts the electrician uses are under warranty and how long the work is guaranteed for.
8. Do You Have or Need a Permit?
Depending on what kind of repairs or installation you need, your city could require a permit for the electrical work. Ask your electrician if the job calls for one and have him or her put the permit under his or her name. Ensuring the tradesperson obtains a permit will safeguard you from any blame if the labor turns out to be subpar.
Finding a trustworthy electrician isn't hard, but you must do your due diligence. Make sure whomever you hire is licensed, bonded and insured, and that the professional can show you proof of all three as well as get the necessary permit for the job. Besides these important factors, you can take further steps to guarantee you obtain a reputable tradesperson.
1. Get Referrals
Ask your family, friends or neighbors if they can recommend a professional to you and inquire if they're pleased with the work. Better yet, ask them if they can show you the project the electrician completed and ask them how long it took the worker to complete it.
2. Look Online
It can't hurt to also check electricians out online. Look for reviews, ratings and, most importantly, see if they have any complaints on file with your municipality or with your local business bureaus. If former customers filed grievances against them, you may want to steer clear.
3. Ask for a Quote
Reputable electricians will give you a quote for small work over the phone if you ask and will travel to your home to quote you a price for larger jobs. Be wary of one that declines to give you an estimate or insists that he or she charge you for coming out to your house.
4. Ask Them About Their Experience
Being bonded, licensed and insured is all well and good, but you also need an experienced professional to do the work. With that said, interview electricians about past projects they completed and how many years they've been in business or how much training they have.
5. Be Wary of Suspiciously Low Estimates
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.
While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs. They are usually split up into three groups: outside, inside and residential.
Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
Residential: If you're a homeowner, you'll most likely need to hire an electrician that specializes in residential wiring. Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Like many trade groups, electricians learn their craft by going to vocational schools and shadowing professionals on the job. In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level.
If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Many do-it-yourself enthusiasts might be inclined to fix electrical problems around their home, but they risk shock and bodily injury. It's always best to call a licensed electrician, even if you have something as small as an improperly working wall outlet.
Keep the following safety tips in mind: