In today’s economy, one does not have to look far for an out-of-work electrician or side-job construction jockey. It can be tempting to hire them in hopes of getting the “same job done for half the price.”
But we have found that people really do get what they pay for, in the worst meaning of the phrase. Extra costs end up accumulating for corrections and change orders, and no thought is given to the real value of customer service, reliability, warranties, high quality materials, as well as insurances to protect your home and property from unintended damage and unexpected losses.
Remove the Hassle — Choose Reliable!
We often receive phone calls from homeowners who sheepishly admit to hiring a handyman or other non-licensed electrician to do electrical work at their home. Intending to save money, they entrusted a non-professional with what they thought was an easy job. Once they realize the “friend-of-a-friend” cannot complete the job in a timely manner, is making bigger problems than they bargained for, or is just not up to the job, they know they need professional service fast.
When the low-price worker is in over his head and the homeowner is frustrated and upset, it really is a no-win situation. The licensed contractor, if willing to get involved at all, is in the middle of a hornets nest while performing the original scope of work in addition to correcting the problems caused by the inexperienced repair person. In hindsight, it would have been better for all involved if the homeowners had hired a professional in the beginning — but we all make mistakes!
Next time you need electrical repairs or installations, make the right choice. You can trust a licensed electrical contractor like Reliable, and here’s why:
1. We are certified by the state.
Licensed contractors go through a rigorous licensing process to prove to the state that they are capable of serving their community safely and professionally. The Florida State License Board has determined that the majority of electrical projects are required to be done by a contractor with a current and valid license from florida State License Board. You can call (850) 487-1395 or go online to verify that a Contractor’s license number is valid and in good standing. Using a Licensed Contractor safeguards and benefits you in many ways. Check out this link for more info!
2. We are properly trained.
We have the skills, experience, and know-how to get your project done at a faster pace and in the most cost-effective manner. We will be able to offer suggestions as to the best installation practices and materials and can be an invaluable resource to ensure that your job is done right the first time. Licensed Contractors are also troubleshooting experts, allowing us to get to the root of your electrical problem and save time, money and frustration.
3. We are up-to-date with National, State, and Local codes.
Licensed Contractors are well versed and up-to-date with the National, State, and Local Codes. These codes exist to help ensure proper installation, function and safety. By using a Licensed Contractor, permits can be pulled and the necessary inspections scheduled and approved. The benefit to getting permits for your project is not only to ensure installations are up-to-code, but also that your project is able to add to your home’s value when you sell. Additionally, your insurance company is more likely to pay claims on a home that has been repaired properly by licensed, reliable contractors.
4. We carry workers compensation and proper insurance and bonds.
Unlicensed individuals pose a risk to you and your family’s financial security if they become injured while working on your property, if your property is damaged, or if their work is incomplete and/or faulty. Few unlicensed individuals have a bond, workers compensation, or carry liability insurance, so you are responsible for any injuries or damages that might occur on your property. Insurance claims may be denied if problem arises from work performed by unlicensed workers.
This insurance protects you and your house from any and all injuries or damage that may occur from the construction. Again, to be clear, a contractor without insurance is the same as using a NON-Licensed Contractor; you are assuming large responsibilities as well as the liability for the employees working on the project.
5. You know how to contact us.
Licensed Contractors have a listed phone number, email address, website, and office, allowing you to reach us about questions or issues you may have.
With unlicensed workers you are taking a chance that they may not be there if you need them to correct a problem caused by their work. They often do not charge enough to feel responsible when work is not up to your satisfaction, and they also can be hard to reach for warranty purposes. If there is a dispute, your claims will be difficult to enforce because unlicensed workers can easily “disappear” when problems arise, and government agencies will not be sympathetic if your contractor is unlicensed.
6. We offer a warranty.
A reputable, licensed contractor will stand behind their work, offering a warranty that guarantees your satisfaction and the proper functioning of all systems that they repaired or installed for a specified period. They are also accountable to the State and local authorities to do right by their customers. Valid claims must be addressed in order to remain in good standing.
7. We take your safety seriously.
The electrical contractor is a specialty contractor; even a “small job” done carelessly or incorrectly can pose serious life-safety and fire hazards. A poor connection point can be the starting point of a house fire. Faulty circuits can damage appliances and electronic devices by delivering wrong amperage or carrying excess voltage, causing unnecessary replacement costs. For these reasons only knowledgeable, specially training individuals should be trusted with your home and the safety of your family.
Call Reliable for service today, and have your repair or installation performed the right way!