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Protect Yourself from Electrician Scams

When choosing an electrician, it’s important to do your research in order to find a contractor who can perform the work you need honestly and professionally. Unfortunately, there are dishonest contractors out there who take advantage of homeowners. To avoid electrician scams, keep the following in mind as you interview contractors and obtain estimates for the work you need.

Ask Questions

It’s important that you fully understand what is included in your estimate, comprehend confusing electrical terms, and how the work will solve the problem at hand. An honest electrician will take the time to give you an explanation and not make you feel bad for asking questions; they want you to be informed and know what’s going on when they are working in your home.

If an electrician avoids questions and makes you feel foolish, you should cross this company off your list of candidates. If you do not understand what is included in the estimate or why you need it, it can be easy for a dishonest electrician to tack on extra fees or even offer you work you do not need.

Shop Local

Not all travelling contractors are dishonest, but it can be difficult to track them down should a problem arise. Often moving into an area following major storms or other disasters to take advantage of the large number of homeowners requiring work, they may knock on your door, offering free inspections or estimates. Sometimes called “fly by night” contractors, these companies can leave an area quickly, leaving you without a way to get in touch to express your dissatisfaction. When they’re no longer in your area, they certainly won’t be coming back to fix issues.

It’s in your best interest to choose an electrician local to you. With an established presence in your area, they’ll be easy to find and contact should you need.

Pay on Receipt

Never pay in full for electrical services upfront. By paying upfront, you risk a dishonest electrician running off with your money without performing the work, or failing to complete the job. Another payment red flag is only accepting cash payments, leaving you without a paper trail or payment protection.

Paying a deposit, especially for a large project, is normal; around one-third of the total project cost is average, but if your contractor is asking for more than half the cost upfront, steer clear. Work only with contractors who accept credit cards or personal checks, which will provide you with a method to document your payment and give you extra payment protections from your bank or credit card company.

Mister Sparky is dedicated to serving every customer with honesty and integrity. Avoid electrician scams by working with a local Phoenix electrician with a track record of satisfying their customers. Contact us today to discuss your upcoming electrical project.