The coronavirus pandemic has forced us—and by “us” we mean the entire world—to push pause on everything that feels normal. While we know this won’t last forever, being in the thick of it is… tough.
And yet there are bright spots, aren’t there? We’ve already learned so much about our own resilience and about our community’s capacity for compassion. We’ve developed a deeper appreciation for our educators and healthcare providers. We’ve certainly come to see the value of everyday products like toilet paper and hand soap. And we’ve learned how valuable a sense of humor can be in times of crisis. (Oh, the memes!)
Obviously, so much has changed—at least temporarily. But so many other things are mostly the same. Our grass still needs to be mowed. Our home still collects dust. We still have to figure out what the heck to make for dinner. And, unfortunately, stuff still breaks or wears out. Which means some of you may find yourself needing to hire a Dallas and Fort Worth electrician during COVID-19.
4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Dallas and Fort Worth Electrician During the Coronavirus Pandemic
In a season of social distancing orders, it’s natural to feel wary of inviting a stranger into your home. But if you have an electrical problem that can’t wait, follow these tips.
#1 What coronavirus precautions are they taking?
At this point, every home services contractor should be able to explain, in detail, what precautions they have in place to protect both their team and their customers. Specifically, ask:
- How are you assessing your technicians’ health?
- Has anyone on your crew—or anyone with whom they’re in close contact—experienced flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days?
- How are you keeping your service trucks, equipment, and supplies sanitized?
- What do you expect from your technicians in terms of handwashing, gloves, eye protection, and masks?
- What special accommodations are you asking homeowners to make? (For example, are they asking homeowners to allow techs to wash-up before and after jobs?)
- Do you offer contactless payment?
#2 Are they a licensed Dallas and Fort Worth electrician?
This is an important question to ask before hiring an electrician any time, but it’s particularly critical now. If an unlicensed electrician botches your job (which is likely), you’ll have to bring in yet another person to undo the damage, increasing your chances of exposure to COVID-19.
We get that you may be experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic, so it’s tempting to save some money by hiring an less-expensive, unlicensed contractor. Please don’t. Hiring someone who doesn’t really know what they’re usually ends up costing more in the long run, and it can be dangerous.
#3 Do they have good reviews?
An electrician with poor reviews before COVID-19 is unlikely to serve you well during a crisis. And unfortunately, some home services contractors look for any opportunity to take advantage of people.
So, do your due diligence by checking reviews on Google and Facebook—looking specifically for indications of integrity and honesty. For example, we’ve heard of home services contractors inflating their rates because of the pandemic. Companies with good reviews pre-COVID-19 won’t be doing that.
#4 Do they give back to your community?
The truth is, home services companies have been hit hard by COVID-19. So, if you need an electrician, please consider hiring one that’s been good to our community as a way to thank them. Plus, if they’re a generous company, chances are good they’ll pass the previous three tests with flying colors.
Hire a Dallas and Fort Worth electrician you can trust.
For your sake, we hope you don’t need us right now. But if you do, we’re here for you. In the meantime: Stay home and wash your hands. We’ll get through this together—and we’ll be better on the other side.