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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
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They were hired to do repairs on a home purchase from the home inspection report. They were supposed to replace bad roof shingles. Needless to say, I had to call them back out to replace them, and this is still the kind of work they did. I would not use The Workshop for any repairs to your home.
They were scheduled to hang three ceiling fans and never showed up. I called for 2 days and no answer!
One of the techs they sent stole jewelry from my home. I called for weeks to address the issue, and couldn’t get an answer.
Do not use the Workshop Maintenance!!! The repairs they did on the home I purchased were awful. They left the home in worse condition. They either didn't do what was specified in the contract or they completely botched the work they did do. Sloppy work and finishes all around!!!! Their estimate for the repairs was over $4k, which I thought was over priced considering the work that was needed; however, the sellers agreed to pay for it. We ultimately had to have the repairs reinspected because they did such a poor job. Just a few examples... They were supposed to replace rotted wood at the base of the front porch columns and around the window sills. Also, they were supposed to seal/weather strip around all exterior doors and windows as well as scrape and repaint all exterior peeling paint. Instead of replacing the rotted wood, they used wood filler or caulk and did not scrape or sand anything before repainting. The weather stripping around the windows and doors looked like a toddler did it. They painted all over the brick and windows and the paint color they used didn't even closely match. The painting they did do started peeling the next day because the existing paint/caulk/stripping was not scrapped. Don't get me started about the chimney flashing... they literally threw some tar up there and left the gap between roof and chimney, which was the main problem to begin with. We submitted the inspection report to the owner, Don Lovelace, and he was so unprofessional and was unwilling to properly fix anything. We ultimately had to hire another company to come and fix the work they botched. I felt bad for the sellers because they no longer lived in Memphis and couldn't inspect the repairs so they ended up paying this company a lot of money for the terrible work.
Not a good experience! I've never taken the time to write a review but I'm afraid this deserves my time and will hopefully save your time & money. I remodeled our bathroom and wanted to hire and electrician to do the roughing in and installs of two bath fans & moving our light boxes for our vanity. Neither ceiling exhaust fan was secured to a noisy, simply placed on top of the Sheetrock. The one above the toilet fell through the ceiling when I later tried attaching the cover. The other exhaust fan above the shower had the exhaust port blowing directly into the joist. While pushing it through the hole in the ceiling he completely busted up the Sheetrock causing a timely repair on my end. The vanity scone light box was so poorly installed that i ended up redoing all of them as I didn't trust the work by this point. I wasted more time & money by hiring them then if I did this work myself, blindfolded. The owener wanted to make sure I was happy so he offered a $133 discount on a $1083 bill. Needless to say took many pics and look forward to the opportunity to go to court as there's no way I'm paying for this. I would've paid half just to be done with it but after that horrible offer I feel more inclined to pay absolutely nothing. Save your time and money and use Ellendale electric.
I know Max Pitts personally and have for several years. There is NO way anyone can say this man does drugs and/or alcohol and would be on a job that way. Anyone who knows Max and his business, knows beyond a doubt, this is garbage. I have used Springhill Electric and happily refer them at each opportunity. I've never heard a complaint from anyone who called them. Sometimes it's not the contractor....
I can recommend Schwartz Electric without reservation, they did a great job changing our fuse boxes to circuits. The technicians were professional, the prices competitive, and the follow-up outstanding.
Think twice before you hire this company, they are unprofessionals with bad customer service. The owner came to do the work late, stoned and stank of m..., they do not offer any kind of after sale customer service, we would never hire them again and would tell the people we know not to use them either.
These people apparently aren't interested in doing business. Put on hold three different times, without being told where I was going. After 30 minutes of being transferred around without rhyme or reason, I never got my simple question answered. was about to be transferred again when I gave up.
I use Patterson Electric on all of my properties, and I always get excellent work! They keep us well informed, are prompt, professional, and affordable. They are willing to go the extra mile to make sure I am pleased with their work. 5 stars across the board.
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: