The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the whole world to change everything that feels normal. Though we know that this will not last forever, it is still extremely hard to live through it.
A lot of things have changed during the pandemic. Fortunately, there are a couple of things that are still the same. We still have to prepare dinner, mow our lawn, clean our house, and more.
When something breaks in your house, you’ll still have to hire a professional to fix it. This is particularly true when it comes to your electrical system.
So, are you planning to upgrade your circuit breaker? Do you want to fix an outlet? Are you planning an electric cooker installation? If so, we’re going to share with you tips on how to hire an electrician during the pandemic.
Does the Electrician Have Excellent Reviews?
If an electrician has bad reviews before the pandemic, there is a huge possibility he/she will not serve you well during a crisis. Unluckily, a lot of home services contractors out there are looking for any chance to take advantage of homeowners.
Because of this, you need to do your research. You should check reviews on Facebook and Google. Make sure you specifically look for signs of honesty and integrity. For instance, a lot of home service electricians increased their rates during the pandemic. An electrician with excellent reviews pre-pandemic will not do that.
Is the Electrician Licensed?
Before you hire an electrician, this is a crucial question to ask. It does not matter if it is during or after the pandemic.
Keep in mind that if an unlicensed electrician fails to do the job properly, you will have to hire another person to fix the damage. This will greatly increase your possibilities of exposure to the virus.
A lot of people are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic. This is quite understandable. Thus, you might be tempted to save money by hiring an unlicensed and cheap electrician. However, you should not do this.
If you hire someone who does not know anything about electrical systems, you’ll end up wasting more money in the long run.
You might also consider doing the job yourself. There is nothing wrong with DIY electrical projects, especially minor ones. This includes replacing a light bulb, changing the fuse, and more.
However, for other electrical tasks, you should hire a professional.
What Precautions is the Electrician Taking?
Many months have passed since the pandemic started. Thus, all electricians should be able to explain what precautions they’ve got in place to protect both their clients and themselves.
Here are a couple of questions you should ask:
- Do you provide contactless payment?
- What unique accommodations are you asking homeowners to make? Do you want to wash before and after jobs?
- What do you expect from your electricians in terms of masks, eye protection, gloves, and handwashing?
- How are you keeping your supplies, tools, and service trucks sanitized?
- Has anyone on your team experienced Covid-19 symptoms in the past 2 weeks?