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We contacted Accurate Electric Unlimited to get wiring removed from a commercial building. We said we wanted to get the work done within the next two days. Jason said they would come out and take a look at the job. He said he should be able to move jobs around and they could accommodate our request. We were quoted $99 per hour for a minimum or two hours which we said was fine (Normal going rate). They sent two people out to do the job which I didn’t think anything of because we were quoted $99 per hour. I was however completely surprised when I received their invoice and it was almost $500 more than quoted. They charged an Apprentice fee for the second electrician which we at no time requested. They also at no time told us there were any additional fees. When I called them to go over invoice, they said that two people got the work done faster than one and that it was actually a discount because it was only $70 per hour more verses an $99 hours more. We were quoted $99 per hour, at no time did we requested additional electricians. If we would have been quoted $170 we would have gone with another company. They did fabulous work, but we feel we were swindled over the amount they charged us. Again if they were upfront and honest about their cost and given me the opportunity to turn down their services, I would have chosen to go with another company. I would hate for this to happen to anyone else. I advise you to get all costs in writing.
I first met Larry when we were preparing our home for sale, the summer of 2014. My real estate agent highly recommended him. We had multiple electrical issues in our mid-century home, which required professional assistance (ie., old - improperly installed electrical panel, preexisting wiring problems, and upgrading lighting and venting in the daylight basement). Larry is fantastic! He is punctual, honest and fare, reliable, and ELECTRICally knowledgeable!In Fall of 2014, we purchased our new home... and once again, I called on Larry! Our foyer opens up to the second floor and there was no way I could change out the 1990's tacky gold chandelier! We also needed a RV plug installed, a whole house surge protector installed, and a few other minor upgrades with our existing electrical panel. Larry estimated our cost, worked us into his schedule, and even worked on a Saturday to get my new LED chandelier installed!We recently (December 2016) called on Larry again, as our electrical needs have outgrown our existing 25 space electrical panel! So he upgraded us to a 42 space panel, ran power from the new panel to our future shop, and to our future hot tub...he basically "future-proofed" our home!Well done Larry! You are the AbSoLuTe BEST!
Rip Off Big Time. I should have found and read the prior review before I dealt with them.I called for a service of fixing 2 2-way switches that my husband tried to replaced, but since he's not professional he wasn't successful. I called and the person on the end of the line said it will cost me $268 to diagnose. I told her not to send anyone out if it's going to cost $268 to fix 2 switches, but she said the $268 is for major diagnostics and to fix the 2 switches, it would cost us just to fix the switches. So I got on their schedule from 3 pm to 5 pm the next day. When the next day comes, they called me at 10:30 am that I have appointment at 11 and their electrician will get their in half hour. I told them that my schedule time is 3 - 5 pm. They called me back that afternoon to schedule again 3-5 pm the next day.When the electrician came, my husband was home and he didn't know that the cost should not be $268 he signed the paper. So I explained to the electrician I shouldn't be charge for the diagnostic, and in fact she was at my house for 15 minutes at the time and she billed us $268. I tried to explain to her that if they're going to charge us $268 don't send anyone out. I said it's not fair to charge me $268 for 15 minutes of work and I didn't agree to have someone out if $268 and she just kept pushing for a payment saying that she did all kinds of testing to diagnose a problem of 2 switches. If she is professional, it would not take more than 10 minutes to fix the switches. Luckily, they recorded our first conversation and I ended up talking to her boss. I agreed to pay $50 for her 15 minutes of work. After she left, we found that she only fixed 1 switch and left the other switch not working. What worse was that she used the parts that my husband already bought and just connect the parts for one switch.I will not want to deal with this kind of company again. RIP OFF!!!!
Super guy!Jim saved me a weekend emergency visit of $185 from another electrician just by helping me over the phone. He didn't have to do it either. He guided me through the problem with patience and the lights came back on! Great guy, very helpful. I'll be using him in the future. I Highly recommend Jim.
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: