Electricians are no different than any other professionals. We all have certain areas of specialty and most all of us (at least the honest ones) have areas of weaknesses as well. There are certain electricians for example that purely do underground work and they prefer this style of work, Service upgrades, Trenching division, generator hookups and these guys are mostly outside all day everyday dealing with the elements, then on the other hand you have the other type of electricians, we call them ‘resi-rats’ which is short for residential rats! These electricians would mainly prefer just to stay on bigger projects in residential areas from start to finish. Both areas of work definitely require a unique expertise and while we like our guys to be knowledgable in a lot of different areas we also appreciate very much the guys that stand out by specializing. Here is a great read I found by danny lipford that really hit home on finding the right electrician. Oh and just an FYI we keep our crew very diverse and together we cover every electrical area of expertise. We work as a unit!
Picking the Right Pro
Electricians tend to specialize. Some concentrate on new construction, some just in commercial work and some go only on service calls to fix dead outlets or faulty fixtures. Those who specialize in remodeling have mastered techniques for wiring existing homes and additions, such as snaking wires through finished walls, assessing the capacity of existing circuits and evaluating whether to install an additional service panel (where the circuit breakers are) to handle increased power demands.
Most general contractors have a short list of dependable electricians, but if your contractor can’t recommend one, check with the local home- builders’ association or an electrical- supply house in the area for a recommendation. Be sure to tell them the type of work you are doing so they can properly match the pro to the job.
When interviewing an electrician, ask to see a copy of his state license as well as proof of insurance. Make sure both are current. An electrician working on a typical residential -remodeling job should carry a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage for himself and his crew. If everything seems up to snuff, check references and look over a previous job.