Home repair costs can escalate quickly, so make sure that when you need an electrician that you are doing everything you can to keep your costs down. Here are a few money saving tips to get you started;
Compare prices using their estimates – Many residential electricians will offer you a free estimate on the work that you want done before they get started. This can include anything from a simple small job such as moving or adding an outlet in your home, to a complete rewiring of old electrical wiring, or even adding the electrical work to an addition on a home that is being built from scratch. The estimates that you receive should include a complete breakdown of their rates, supplies, costs to obtain the supplies and proper permits for the work and even the cost of having the inspector come to your home and evaluate the work to make sure it is up to code. Every electrician is going to put together their estimate in their own way, so if they do not include something that another electrician has, it does not necessarily mean that they are trying to rip you off. It may just mean that they usually put their cost estimate together a little differently ad they assumed a particular cost would be covered somewhere else in your project. Do not be afraid to ask questions if you see anything that looks confusing.
Evaluate and compare their hourly rates – One thing that should be clear on an estimate is what that particular electrical contractor is going to charge for their hourly rates. Compare their hourly rates to find the best deal.
Go local – An electrician that is based near you is beneficial for a few reasons. First: since they are in close proximity to you, they can get to you quickly if you have a emergency. Second: if a contractor has to drive a long distance to reach a client, they will often charge a additional travel fee, so using someone that is close to you will help you to avoid that. Third: a contractor that is local is invested in making their community a pleasant place to live. They will be extra committed to making sure that you are satisfied with their work, because they have to share their community with you.
Try not to book during off hours – All electricians are going to charge extra when they have to come out for an emergency job. If it is not a true emergency, try to avoid having an electrician out on weekends and evenings when they will increase their rates.
Finally, remember that the most experienced electricians may not always be the cheapest ones. After all, you do get what you pay for. They are going to be the ones that are constantly booked with projects and have strong ties to their community. They have a lot of experience and they will often offer a guarantee on any work that they do at a home. That means that if there is ever an issue down the line with some of the work that they have done, they will happily fix it for you until it is made right again.