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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!!!!
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!
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.
I don't normally post but T and Z All Services was awesome! This is my way of thanking them for providing outstanding service. These folks were so knowledgeable and I swear they can fix or do anything! I had guests and there was a leak in the guest bathroom and they arrived within few minutes of my call. Even if they are busy they will really make time especially if the situation is urgent. I would never call anyone else!
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!!
The person that answered my initial call was kind and listened to me about my electrical problem. On time came to my place this morning to check out electrical problem.. Forgot the tech name but from invoice MCAV001. He was very professional polite.. On time prices was a lot better than other places I had called.. I am so glad that I found this company I will highly recommend this company..
The service technician from T and Z All Services is indeed a plumbing specialist! He did a great repair job! I am super pleased with the outcome! I appreciate this company's honesty as well. As they made sure I was fully informed of the cost of the job before anything else. I would certainly refer them to anyone who wants to have a professional job done for a competitive price.
Excellent in every way. This was my first time using HomeAdvisor. I will definitely be using Anytime Electric for any electrical needs in the future , as well as HomeAdvisor. I couldn't believe how easy and quick it was to take care of this problem. I felt safe at all times and I love that this is a family run business. I would highly recommend Anytime Electric .
Really great to work with this company. I had several small jobs to do 'honey do's' and several of them involved electrical work. I called universal and mistersparky and ontime.Ontime was by far and away the best price and the work was outstanding. If you need a good electrical contractor, I would recommend Ontime.
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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: