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If you need electrical work done at your home or business, doing a little research can help you choose the best contractor. This will help reduce the risks to your home, family and property that could come from hiring an untrained or inexperienced contractor. With these 5 tips as a guide, you can have peace of mind that you’re hiring the right electrician, who is reliable and experienced.

  1. Choose a Licensed Electrician

    Electrical contractors aren’t required by Kansas law to be licensed, but your individual city or county might. Even if a license isn’t required, hiring a licensed electrician ensure he or she has taken an exam to prove they have the knowledge to complete your electrical work.

  2. Ask if the Contractor is Insured

    Licensed electrical contractors should carry liability insurance to cover your home in the case of damage resulting from the work performed. Hiring an unlicensed and uninsured electrician puts you and your property at risk.

  3. Request References or Check Reviews

    A reputable, experienced electrician should have a number of satisfied clients who will give referrals or have written reviews. This will give you an indication of the type of work and customer service you can expect to receive.

  4. Get 3 – 4 Bids before Deciding Who to Hire

    Your decision shouldn’t be based on cost alone, but finding out how much each contractor expects the job to cost can help you determine whether all expenses are being included. The most expensive bid is not always the best, just as the least expensive is not always the worst.

  5. Get Everything in Writing

    Make sure you have a written estimate of all work to be completed before work begins, and keep all paperwork for your records. Discuss how long the project is expected to take and how additional fees or services will be handled.

When you’re looking for a reliable, experienced, licensed and insured electrical contractor in the Wichita area, be sure to include Graf Electric on your list. Request a free estimate at 316-686-2090.

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  • Raymond Cooper says:

    I’d like to have an electrician help me make some renovations to my home. I appreciate how you suggest asking for references of past clients when deciding on which electrician to hire. I’ll definitely look into this since references would help establish confidence in the contractor’s abilities.

  • Mark Murphy says:

    I really appreciate your tip to find an electrician that is licensed. My wife and I have been thinking of getting someone to take a look at the lights in our basement. I will be sure to find someone who is properly licensed!

  • Hector Uba says:

    Thanks for the tips on hiring the right electrician for your job. I agree that you should be looking to get multiple bids before you make a final decision so you can get a good idea of what the fair cost is. In my opinion, you want to find a balance between the cost and the quality of work that you are getting.

  • Gary Puntman says:

    I agree that you need to make sure the electrician you hire is licensed by your city. You should know what certifications they need for your state specifically and look for that. This will definitely show they are trustworthy and knowledgeable, like you said.

  • Sarah Smith says:

    The lights on our porch have started to flicker and go out, but when we check the bulbs, they are perfectly fine. It makes me wonder if the problem is with the electricity and if the fluctuations from the porch could eventually affect the indoor lights. As we are looking into hiring an electrical contractor to help us, your advice to make sure that the electrician is both licensed by the local authorities and has liability insurance will be really helpful.

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