Tips: Hiring the right electrician.


A lot of serious contractor related problems can be averted by doing just a little research. After nineteen years in the trade, I have found that if both home and business owners follow these tips, they almost always have a pleasant experience:

1. Check the license. Never hire an unlicensed contractor or electrician in any capacity. It may look like a good deal, but it may end up costing you more than extra money in the end. Unlicensed contractors are not bonded and have not taken any kind of exam to be assured they have the knowledge to perform the type of work you may need done. Also, it is very unlikely they have liability insurance (more on that below).

2. Check for insurance coverage. By law, Hawaii licensed electrical contractors will have liability insurance coverage. The bond that is required for electrical contractors in Hawaii is generally $7000 – an extremely limited amount. Look for an insurance policy of at least $1 Million.

3. Ask for a Journeyman card for proof of license. All electricians are required by law to be a journeyman, having passed all Hawaii State requirements. Ask to see the card of anyone performing electrical work on your home or business. This is very important and makes sure you have qualified workers.  Your persons and property are at risk if they are unlicensed.

4. Ask what kind of work the electrician has done in the past. It is usually a pretty good indication of what you should expect in the future.

5. What is the electrician’s real concern as you speak with them about your project? Are they concerned about what you are trying to accomplish on your project? Are they up front and confident about pricing? Do they care about your needs and the needs of your property?

Following these tips will give you the ability to find the right electrician for you. Blue Sky Electric is happy to provide you with more information. Give us a call with any questions and we will be happy to assist you.

17 Responses to Tips: Hiring the right electrician.

  1. chad November 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm #

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  2. Electrician Hemel Hempstead December 18, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    Thank you to mention the point to choose the right electrician from local city.

  3. Max January 22, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Great tips for choosing the right electrician, In addition you can talk to their previous client for better verification on how their work done just like what i did before I hired electrician in Monroe.

  4. Electrician Brisbane January 29, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Excellent advice. Very important to check licensing in in this trade.

  5. Armstrong February 5, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Great tips and summarizing all good thought before hiring an hvac repair service. However, it is much better to talk to their previous client so you can assure the quality of their work.

  6. Ted February 6, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Very helpful website about being an electrician, like you said it’s really important to consult on professionals when it comes to your electricity like electrician East Brunswick

  7. Lahav Group March 26, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Contact at least three electricians and arrange for them to quote for the work. Remember to be clear about what you want and always ask for a written specification and quotation. (We recommend obtaining at least three quotes, unless the work is minor).

  8. Kris C. May 21, 2014 at 4:05 am #

    The importance of hiring a licensed electrician in order to prevent safety issues can never be understated. If someone is offering a price that is too good to be true, it probably is. Getting someone who can be trusted to give a fair price and also high quality components is the best way to have any project done.

  9. Commercial Electrical Services Melbourne June 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm #

    Most important fact is to find whether you can get some information form the previous customers. Because they know how to describe the contractor as they recently dealt wit them.

  10. Fallbrook July 17, 2014 at 4:20 am #

    Those tips are really very important! Following this tips may save your life! You can also ask a referrals from your friends for a good electrician.

  11. Electrician School August 9, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Thanks for the info. Keep the good work.

  12. Jarrrod Husser December 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    I am an electrician in Austin and the content you post has been very helpful and informative. Thanks

  13. Zachary Tomlinson January 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

    I like that you said to never hire an unlicensed contractor; that’s really important. I also think that you shouldn’t bother to ask what there other qualifications and schooling are. I am trying to find someone to fix my flickering lights here at my apartment in Perth.

  14. Troy Blackburn January 16, 2017 at 8:41 am #

    That’s interesting that you mentioned that it’d be wise to look for a company with an insurance policy of at least $1 million. I’ve heard that many companies have to charge a little bit more in order to cover their insurance costs. I think it’s worth paying extra for those companies! I’ll have to keep this info in mind so that I choose the best electrician for my home repairs!

  15. Danni Black February 8, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    I really like your tip about making sure that you check for insurance coverage when it comes to hiring an electrician. My husband and I have been wanting to redo the lighting in our basement so we will have to keep these tips in mind while we are looking for someone to help us through the process. Hopefully, we can find the right setup, thank you for sharing!

  16. Troy Blackburn April 18, 2017 at 4:07 am #

    I hadn’t ever thought about how hiring an unlicensed electrician could end up costing me more money in the long run. I’ve heard, too, that it’s so important that you check with past clients to see what they think about the kind of work the electrician does. I’ll definitely make sure that I remember these great tips to make sure that I choose a high-quality electrician for the job at hand at my home.


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