Author: Kathy Bishop

Great Apps For Electrician Service

As a follow up to an earlier post, I wanted to make our readers aware of a cool app that all the staff here uses to not only meet, learn and talk to our neighbors and become more familiar with what is around us, but to also get information on local event and most importantly to this blog, find great, qualified and professionals service companies. It’s all done the old fashioned way; through word of mouth with your neighbors.

The app is called Nextdoor:


What makes it so useful and valuable to its users is that you can ask your local neighbors about experiences they’ve had with finding and using certain service providers for their home such as finding a great electrician who services the area. Referrals and word of mouth can be the best marketing for a home services provider and one that takes pride in their work can receive a ton of homeowners by just doing a great job with one.

Nextdoor is similar to other apps but it has the personal appeal that so many are looking for and which, frankly, lacks in other online services like Angie’s list, Home Advisor or Thumbtack. So we encourage you to run on over to the Apple App store or Android and get the app and check it out for yourself.

It’s 2019, but word of mouth and talking to your neighbors is still the best way to find a great pro for just about any type of home service need you may have.

Good luck!


Types of Electrical Contracting Services

Electricians are just like any other business that provides a service. Just like many others areas of expertise, there are good, bad and yes, ugly electricians.

Word of mouth is often the best way to find reliable service contractors. In fact, in our own home, we found the services of a trustworthy electrician Fort Lauderdale by talking to a friend in line at the grocery store. If you ask around, even to casual acquaintances in the neighborhood or around town, you’ll find people happy to share their experiences, good and bad, as well as their costs, tips and suggestions. Don’t be shy; ask around.

And just like your local butcher, Doctor, Attorney or Chef, they all have areas that they specialize in, areas where they have or lack certain skills and where they bring in their own specialists.

So, what are the many areas of expertise that a certified and professional electricians could be well versed in? There are literally hundreds of different electrical issues, potential problems and dangers with electrical set-ups. But below is a pretty good list to start with. Here are just some of the areas a local electrical contractor should be knowledgeable in:

1. Basic residential electrical needs
2. Basic electrical repairs
3. Electrical installations
4. Detecting and pinpointing electrical issues
5. Discerning electrical dangers
6. Outlet and switch repairs
7. Lighting repairs
8. Circuit breaker repairs
9. Electrical wiring repairs
10. Troubleshooting
11. Flickering light repairs
12. Electrical fire repairs
13. Electrical panel repairs
14. Fuse panel repair
15. Cooler light repairs
16. Ceiling fan installation
17. Chandelier installations
18. Landscape lighting
19. Recessed lighting installation
20. Alarm system electrical set-up
21. Home entertainment electrical preparation

As you can see, the list could go on and on with all the possible electrical issues that one could face in the home. It’s always good to ask an electrician for their reviews, qualifications, licensing and insurance, before allowing them to start.

It’s also good to ask about costs before they even come to your location so there are no surprises. Many electricians will charge a service call but then provide a free estimate for repairs they deem to be necessary once they arrive and determine what issues you are facing.

Either way you approach hiring an electrician, make sure to do your homework and as we have talked about in other posts, ask around and check their most recent reviews.

More to come!…

Finding A Professional Electrician

With the invention of the internet years ago came the ability for consumers to research and find the best service professionals in the city AND the ability to read reviews, good and bad, and determine who is the best in their area for the work they require.

There is now no reason to have anyone but a trusted electrical contractor, or any type of contracted service professional, in your home. There are so many resources available at the touch of a finger that no residential or commercial entity should ever hurry into a decision about who to hire.

In fact, many consumers we have talked to at great length say they are overly cautious, and tent to take to much time, in selecting the right service pro.

There are so many website, and now Apps, available that these people suffer from a “paralysis by analysis” mindset and then don’t act on anything.

One of the favorites among people today is Yelp. There review system is so rigid that you can trust what consumers say on there regarding the services of any business.

On the contrary, an often used but rarely trusted entity today is the Better Business Bureau. We have found their reviews to be reliant on the fact that a business pays a hefty annual fee in order to become a member.

Only after becoming a “member” can they get the “status” that any other reputable company may never get simply due to not paying a fee.

Another great service is Thumbtack. They have an online site and an App that you can access to find trusted home service professionals all over America.

In addition to Thumbtack, there are tons of others like Angie’s List and Home Advisor where you can search and find tons of trusted companies to enter your home and get the job done right.

Bottom line, take the time to visit one of these great resources and find the service that best suits your needs based on your project, their experience and pricing and their most current reviews.

Below are just a few other key players in the home services niche:

We wish you the best of luck!






Dangers of Faulty Electrical Work

We all know the many wonderful conveniences of electricity. From the days of Ben Franklin and discoveries in technology through the ages, the advancements and benefits are immense.

But what about the dangers that are present in your home, in the environment, and in the basic day to day living that you do that you aren’t even aware of?

There are numerous dangers that exist in your home that you may not even be aware of that can be a potential risk to you and your family including:

-faulty wiring
-old outlets
-fire hazards
-fuse box hazards
-outdoor wiring hazards
-appliances poorly installed
-poorly installed fire alarms

These are just a few of the issues that homeowners face without their knowledge. The dangers are too many to list here, but these are just some basic issues that we all must be aware of.

For this reason, it is always a good idea to have an annual or semi-annual inspection by a qualified electrician.

In taking this step, you guarantee the safety of yourself and your loved ones. In addition to this it is also a good idea to always have a trusted electrical contractor doing any kind of work in and around your home.

Many of us don’t even consider the many hazards that exist outside out home from trees, animals, toys, flying object, etc. that can obstruct or get caught in electrical power sources to our home.

For this reason, and many we will cite in the future, we recommend staying aware of your surroundings in and around your home.…

What You Need To Know To Contract The Best Electrician

Most of the necessary appliances that we usually use in our daily lives work using electricity. However, It is not always known how to detect a fault in our electrical system, at least that it stops working altogether.

Another widespread problem arises when we need the installation of new devices at home, firstly we try to connect or install them on our own, which undoubtedly is a great danger to us, and more when we do not have the necessary experience to carry out this type of tasks.

Different types of situations, require the work of an experienced electrician to foresee significant failures in the system of our homes or to avoid spending more time later. For example, if we live in a slightly older residence, it is very likely that a professional will be needed to evaluate options and alternatives to improve the management of electricity in your home, even for maintenance, as these prevent accidents long-term.

It is indisputable that today, we have many more electrical appliances than before, and that in our times have become necessary for the home, such as microwaves, computers, electric ovens, cordless phones, etc., and indeed most of the oldest houses are not built to house the number of appliances, with which we usually live now.

The help of an electrician, is necessary even for a project that you have of the renovation of interiors, implementations in-house, in patios, additional illuminations, etc. For example, remodeling in a kitchen, sometimes requires relocation of switches, connection outputs, or reconnections, among others; therefore, it is essential to hire a professional to have the ideal electrical wiring and accommodate these additions, without any danger.

Now, we all know that the cost of electricity is increasing. Therefore, it is essential to look for options and take the necessary measures to save power, and therefore, money. An electrician can help us carry out a valuation and provide us with the most viable recommendations to reduce electricity costs; Sometimes it is better to invest in the service of a professional, to find an effective and appropriate solution, which brings us to the following point:


How To Know How To Hire The Electrician Technician That I Need?

Many times we get carried away by the prices of electrical services when looking for and choosing a technician or a company specialized in the subject, however, with this we can often neglect the type of quality of service they provide us.

When requesting the service of one of these professionals, we must ensure that it is the most reliable and valid; Therefore, it is essential to conduct a broad search, ask for different quotes, and not merely guide us through the recommendations of third parties.

Verify before they begin to operate in your home, that technicians and companies have the necessary (and current) licenses, in addition to the relevant types of insurance, this in case of any damage or injury to your home, while they offer you the services.

Another point to take into account, is the obtaining of agreements in writing, which must guarantee an electric service within a reasonable period of time (depending on the type of work to be performed), the fixed price and the specification of the extra amounts that could arise, apart from the equipment and the labor guarantee.

Also, we recommend you always ask for specific answers to questions such as: When can you start with the service? How long would it end? At what times can they work? What could be the extra expenses of the quote offered? How much do they require initial payment?

It is essential to take into account that, in general, in cases of small electrical work, they will give you a fixed amount of the type of service you need, however, if we talk about a much larger job, it is very likely that they will offer you a budget that includes a cost per hour, so you should be aware of how they will handle your quote.

The hiring of an electrician, it is not difficult to do, but it takes time to find the ideal and with higher reliability, always look for different companies or independent professionals, get the cost estimates, verify that it is the best option for you in order to have a final decision and choose the best possible person to perform these tasks. Never do it in a hurry.

But, how to know how to choose it? Below, we will reveal some tips with useful information, to see what you should take into account when deciding who to hire for any repair or electrical failure that is in your home or business, with these tips you will have the best electrician technician.

Tips for choosing a valid and reliable electrician:

It is essential to have well established the following:

What Is The Type Of Service You Want And Need To Contract

Before starting work on your light installation, it is essential to have a prior assessment, and the problem must be known or the solutions you need and request a budget where it is clearly defined, everything that is necessary and what is required. What are you hiring? You must specify the price in advance to avoid “surprises.”

It must be clear that the materials they offer to use in work, are of the best quality, new and labeled.…

Always Search And Hire Professionals Or Experts

Something important that you must do before hiring an electric service is to verify that the technicians have the necessary license or certification, which will guarantee your professionalism. Also, as mentioned earlier in this article, a good electrician almost always has insurance, which covers any incident that occurs at the time of repairs or installations requested, and that has damaged your home.

So, this is basic and basic advice: Always hire a licensed and licensed electrician who has degrees or accreditations. You must remember that not all professional electricians have the same certification, much less the same experience. Therefore, it is tough to offer the same guarantees.

Schedule Availability

Something that we almost always look for in a professional is the availability of schedule that has or the disposition that they have to adapt to your times. This is an important issue since many of us work, go to school, pick up children, etc., so it is essential to choose an electrician that can adjust to your time, and more when it comes to someone who is going to work in your home.

An electrician, who can work at any time of the day, has a bonus to hire him, since in addition to the above, the incidents or needs that may arise, do not have a specific time. We recommend you to seek technical electricians who offer this service and pose the work needs you to need to perform.

Seeking Different Opinions And References From Other Customers

The opinions of other clients are always important and relevant. It is valid to request references, or, if you searched through Internet the services of these professionals or the company (which by the way, is the most recommended way to find an electricity service), I suggest you observe the comments of satisfied customers can have on their web pages.

What we call “from voice to voice” works positively in either case; almost 90 percent of consumers of services reach the provider’s thanks to the recommendations and useful comments that other users have given.…

Evaluate The Experience And Attitude That Has The Electrician Technician

A professional’s attitude and disposition, before any work that he/she carries out, without any doubt, is of the fundamental points to value before deciding to hire them. A good electrician should show a professional attitude and with great interest in working on what is required. A technician who shows kind, open and cooperative behavior will almost certainly perform a robust and more reliable job.

Verify The Guarantees Of The Contracted Services

We recommend that you verify that the electric service technician gives you an invoice entirely in order. And is that, in case you have to issue any questions, complaints or complaints, it will be not possible to do so if you do not have an invoice. Most professional electricians will give you the possibility of issuing a valid invoice and in order.

Do Not Leave Anything In The Air And Concrete All Previously

It is essential that they agree on and stipulate the final costs and the forms of payment to be made. It is imperative that before starting to carry out the work, everything is clear and in writing, how and when the fees should be made, also leaving the specification of each of the services being hired.

If the electricians require and request some amount in advance for the purchase of materials needed in work, make sure that these payments are also detailed, from dates, amounts, for what material, etc.

These are some of the recommendations and tips that you should consider before hiring an electrician and knowing that it is the best option; What is most sought after by these technical specialists in electricity, is the professionalism and trust that they can give us.

Remember that a bad electrical installation can represent a potential risk for you and your family, besides the extra cost that it will generate if you have to fix it again and in a short time. As we mentioned in this article, it is essential that all the electricity services work carried out in your home be done by professional electricians, who are qualified and have the necessary experience, to guarantee an efficient result.

You should not always go for these services, guiding us in the lowest prices, you should value the relationship between quality and price, or otherwise, it can result in a bad investment and even more expensive in a short period. So, in these cases, we recommend you take the time to do a proper search on the internet and base yourself or take into account the points that we mentioned here.

If you have any malfunction such as blackouts, burned fuses, require the installation of new electrical or light appliances and need a professional and reliable electricity service, we have the best electricians, our certified experts in the subject, can help you with your budget.