We all call electricians at our homes or offices on several occasions by either dealing up a number or using an app. They come, do their work, take payment and leave. Simple, right? But, have you ever tried checking or partially interrogating if your electrician might be cheating you? Does this sound strange? After all, why and how an electrician might be cheating anyone? The thought doesn’t ever cross our minds. And maybe, you might be correct. Not all electriciansmust be cheats. Some are honest hard-working people who just simply do their jobs. But, would you not mind your hard-earned money being cheated, that too, under your nose with you having no knowledge about it? You obviously would loathe the idea.
So, why not having a little perspective about the electric enthusiast hidden in you to ensure you are not being cheated? What harm does it come with? Absolutely nothing. And this might help you save a lot next time you call in an electrician giving them no scope of cheating you.
So, let us breeze through some ways to ensure that your electrician is not cheating you.
- Overcharging: Any kind of electrical work is expensive. It is a known fact. But this must not be a reason for your electricianto overcharge you. Some electricians start the conversation by saying a very high amount by trying to justify the quality of products used. You may in such cases verify the quality and alternatives quickly online or through several apps available for the same. Always ask for a receipt of the parts purchased and ensure if that is under warranty. Always get estimates from 2-3 professionals before paying any electrician for any work. This might consume a little time, but this will save a lot and not dig a hole in your pocket.
- Lofty Names: Have you heard about THHN? You probably haven’t. Its thermoplastic insulation. This was just an example how some electriciansmight overwhelm and intimidate you by throwing hefty technical terms claiming to have all the knowledge about the same. But you need to be extra cautious with these kinds of fast-talking electricians. They have the habit of throwing technical terms without explaining them. So, you need to keep your phones handy to type in the keywords thrown at you to counter question them. Do not get intimidated but instead interrogate them regarding everything you need to be sure of before letting them begin work.
- Locality: Sometimes, instead of approaching electriciansin your local outlets, try to go for professional counterparts. In many cities, professional setups with many tie-ups with electricians can be found. Here, you will be given various trustworthy electricians with professional background and good work experience. You will have confidence that these people have requisite competency to carry out the desired work without befooling you. Also, by approaching certain trade associations, you can find relevant information about the work history and competency of the electriciansin their arena.
- Good Advice: Another way to get a reliable and credible electricianis to ask your electricity retailer for the same. They will recommend a capable electrician with requisite experience and skills. People coming with the recommendation of retailers, usually must have had received good training and experience having worked with the respective company. This way also makes sure that you are charged heftily which would otherwise risk the company losing you as a customer. Thus, have a conversation with your electric retailer next time you need an electricianat your homes of working places.
These are some of the ways in which you can ensure that you do not get cheated by your electrician. Getting cheated is an ugly feeling upon finding out that you actually got cheated. Well, as they say, taking precaution is always a wise option. So, the next time you summon an electrician, make sure you keep the above points in mind.