Are you looking for an electrician near Charleston, SC?
Looking for an electrician can be overwhelming, and it is important to hire an electrician that you can trust to enter your home or business.
Transworld Electric understand your need to hire a safe, reliable, and trustworthy electrician. We have created a list of question that are important to ask before hiring an electrician.
If you live in the Charleston area, Transworld Electric has licensed electricians that can handle all of your electrical needs.
Five Questions to ask an electrician before hiring:
Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
The electrical contractor you hire should hold a valid electrical contractor’s licensed, proper bonding, and insurance. All of these qualifications will ensure that you are hiring a licensed electrician that has received the required training and to complete the job in accordance with the National Electric Code.
If you are hiring an electrician in South Carolina, it is important to ask if the electrician themselves is licensed. The state of South Carolina requires that only the owner of the electrical contracting company needs to be a licensed electrician and all the employees can work under that licensed. Transworld Electric goes beyond that regulation and requires that all of our electricians have their Journeyman or Master Electrician License. This means that we have NO laborers or helpers working for us. If you are looking to hire a licensed electrician near you, Transworld Electric has an unlimited electrical license in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
When hiring an electrician from Transworld Electric you can be confident that they are trained licensed electricians that will be able to handle all your electrical needs. Our electricians have the experience to diagnose your electrical issue and find the correct solutions. Since we are local to Charleston, our electricians also understand all the necessary building permits, codes and various rules, regulations, and other acts of compliance required in your city, town, and state.
How many years of experience do you have?
Experience is extremely important in the electrical industry. An electrician can be licensed and have the entire NEC code book memorized but may not have the experience that’s needed to be able to implement it safely on the job. Also, when you hire an electrician, you want to know that you’ll be able to rely on them for years to come. A company that has been in business for years proves that they can be trusted and saves you the time and energy of having to go through the hiring process again in the future for electrical repairs.
Transworld Electric has been a local electrical contractor in Charleston, SC since 1987. With over 225 years of collective experience in the electrical industry and over one million hours of customer service, our staff is well trained to provide the top quality service you deserve for years to come.
Remember, experience is always the best teacher.
Who’s performing the work?
When you hire an electrical contractor, it is important to confirm whether the employees are licensed Journeyman or Master Electricians. As we mentioned above, South Carolina only requires the owner of the electrical contracting company to be licensed so many electrical contractors will allow apprentices or electrician helpers complete the work alone. It is important that you are having a licensed Journeyman or Master Electrician perform your electrical repairs or install to guarantee that reliable and quality work is done.
Who have you done work for in the past?
References and customer reviews are important! If you are ever uncertain about hiring an electrician or electrical contractor, contacting their references and checking their previous customer reviews can help verify your decision. It is important to find out what past customers said about working alongside that electrical contractor and the quality of the work they delivered.
Transworld Electric takes pride in always delivering the BEST possible electrical service. You can view all of our customer reviews on our testimonial page.
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Will you provide a detailed estimate or cost quote for the work contracted?
Many electricians will provide a hard quote for the services to be provided prior to beginning the project; however additional issues may be found as the work progresses, particularly in older homes. These additional costs should be discussed before that work begins so there are no hidden “surprise” costs at billing time. It is also important to ask whether they charge Time & Material or a Flat-Rate.
Transworld Electric charges for time and material not upfront (flat rate) pricing. Studies have shown that flat-rate pricing is intentionally designed to dramatically increase both the customer’s cost and the contractor’s profit. Many times a contractor will charge various fees such as a ‘show up fee’, ‘diagnostic fee’, or ‘travel fee’ averaging $100-$125 and only then will they inform the customer of the flat rate cost of the job. The customer is now leveraged and invested in this company and will lose that initial cost of fees if they decide to contact another contractor. Also, many flat rate service companies pay their technicians on commission, which can cause controversy when diagnosis problems.
The Electrical Safety Foundation reported that electricity is the cause of more than 140,000 fires each year, resulting in 400 deaths, 4,000 injuries, and $1.6 billion in property damages. It is simply too dangerous not to use a professional and qualified electrician.