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Frequently asked questions

  • An electrician’s cost per hour comes in between $50 and $100. It’ll vary depending on your location and the type or professional you hire. Areas with a higher cost of living can expect to pay on the higher end of that scale. Licensing level may also increase the price.
  • Usually you’ll pay a higher rate for the first hour. This covers their travel and time expense. Emergency or after-hours rates are usually higher too – expect to pay an emergency fee of up to $300 plus a higher hourly rate.

Electricians do a fair amount of larger remodeling and new construction projects but also common residential projects including:

For cost information related to the above tasks, visit our Electrical Cost Guide.

  1. Do you have a license to perform electrical work in this state?
    All states require an electrical license or work performed under a Master Electrician. You should also ask how many on the job hours of experience they have.
  2. Do you have insurance?
    Never use one who isn’t insured. You can ask to see proof of insurance.
  3. Do you have prior work references?
    You might skip this for small jobs like installing a light or outlet. For larger projects, always get references.
  4. What are your rates?
    Always ask up front. Getting a detailed quote up front is the best way to go.
  5. Who is going to do the actual work?
    Often, a Master Electrician will come out to diagnose and bid on projects, but they have their apprentice and journeyman electricians do the work. This isn’t a terrible thing, in fact it’s common practice. The Master’s license is on the line with any work he supervises.
  6. Is your work warrantied or guaranteed?
    Any reputable company or contractor warranties their work, usually for at least a year.
  7. Are you usually on time?
    Overbooking is a frequent problem with electrical work. Often, a service call goes long, and they end up showing up at your home late. This common complaint is easily remedied with an up-front and honest discussion. If they can’t be on time, make sure they’ll call.

1. Don’t Be Misled by an Electrician’s Hourly Rates

A truly skilled, well-equipped professional with a truck full of parts that charges $100 an hour can be a much wiser choice than an inexperienced hack, working with inadequate tools and no parts, but charging much less. Often, more experienced professionals get the job done quickly with warrantied work.

2. Compare Travel Charges

Rates reflect travel times. Travel charges can have a big impact on your costs and are in some ways easier to compare than hourly rates. Many electricians spend a third or more of their time navigating traffic on their way to a jobsite. Every contractor must find a way to pay for the expense of driving each day.

3. Bundle Repair Jobs Together

When you feel it’s time to call a pro, review your list and then conduct a mini-inspection of your home. Look for faulty switches and dysfunctional or crowded outlets. When the electrician comes, you’ll save money and time by getting everything taken care of at once.

4. How to Prepare & What to Know Before the Electrician Arrives
  • Be as thorough and detailed in describing your needs to your contractor. The more they know, the quicker the job will go.
  • Before they arrive, prepare a precise list of items you want serviced. Electricians have budgeted their time for a service call. They don’t have time for additional requests once they are on site.
  • Make sure the electrical panel box is accessible. You’ll pay for the time it takes to access it.
  • Clear away fragile items, knickknacks and furniture from areas where you expect the them to work.
  • If you have questions about the project, ask them before they start. Most are happy to run you through the problem and the process of fixing it.
  • Ask about potential issues after the work is complete. During a service call a professional will spot any potential hazards.
  • You’ll lose power to parts of your home while they work. Be prepared to pause anything you’re doing during the service call.
  • In most cases you’ll have the option to either pay at the time of service or have a bill sent to you. You’ll be able to pay with cash, credit and sometimes check.
5. Install Money-Saving Electrical Fixtures
  • By switching from ordinary incandescent light fixtures or bulbs to fluorescent or LED ones, you can substantially reduce energy consumption in your home.
  • Motion detector switches can help you save money on outdoor lighting while at the same time providing very cost-effective security to your home.
  • Creative landscape lighting and indoor accent lighting can make your home more appealing to you, your guests and potential buyers in the future.

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Washington Electricians are rated 4.9 out of 5 based on 186 reviews of 16 pros.

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    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/08/22
      After Business Hours: No
      Historical Work: No
      Covered by Insurance: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Desired Completion Date: Immediately
      Comment: I would like to get an estimate for electrician. The lights upstairs are out.
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/08/22
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Comment: Hanging, wiring and switches (5 total) for 4 ceiling fans. Ceiling fans and installation hardware, minus larger switch covers and switches and additional wiring, in hand. Can easily procure for electrician.
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/08/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Comment: Install new dimmer on existing panel & troubleshoot 2 malfunctioning lights (in shower & an outdoor alley light)
    • NewProject: Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/08/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Property Owner: Yes
      Already Purchased Station: Yes
      Supports 220v or 240v load: I don't know
      Property type:: Multi-family residence
      Comment: I need to install an EV charger in the garage of my condo. My space is deeded and it will be exclusive use. There is existing 240V service at the location (from the community panel) that could potentially be sub-metered for my charger, so the charger and a sub-meter would need to be installed. Alternatively I was told I could use a DCC-9 type device to branch from my meter. The parking space is in the basement of the building. Electrical meters, etc, are also in the basement but not adjacent. My unit is on the 4th floor of the building, as is my panel. Another suggestion was to take a line down from my utility room (on the fourth floor) down to the garage along an exterior wall. That would require boring through the concrete above the garage (its a very large light well). I have a direct-wire Tesla wall connector that I would use as the charger.
    • NewProject: Electric Wiring Upgrade
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/07/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Historical Work: No
      Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Project description: Electrical panel upgrade only
      Property Owner: Yes
      Are you interested in financing?: No
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/07/22
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/07/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Electrical fixtures : Ceiling fan or chandelier
      Electrical fixtures : Interior lights
      Electrical fixtures : Switches
      Comment: Both bedrooms of this two bedroom townhouse have all their outlets working, but both overhead lights with fans are not working.
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/07/22
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Comment: I would like to get an estimate for change the lightbulbs 1
    • NewProject: Generator Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/07/22
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Type of generator: Fixed Generator
      Location: Home/Residence
      Comment: installation of Generac generator with probable up grade to the electrical panel
    • NewProject: Generator Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/07/22
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Describe Generator Use: Other
      Devices to be Run by Generator: Other
      Type of generator: Not sure
      Property Owner: No
      Location: Home/Residence
    • NewProject: Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/06/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Already Purchased Station: Yes
      Supports 220v or 240v load: I don't know
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/05/22
      After Business Hours: No
      Historical Work: No
      Covered by Insurance: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Desired Completion Date: Immediately
      Comment: I would like to get an estimate for 1. need to replace a remote ceiling light switch for an existing, working fan and light; and 2. replace a LED light bulb in an existing working scouse wall light
    • NewProject: Electric Wiring Upgrade
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/05/22
      Historical Work: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Project description: Electrical panel upgrade only
      Location: Home/Residence
      Comment: Replace 3 outlets plugs
    • NewProject: Electric Wiring Upgrade
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/05/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Historical Work: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Project description: Electrical panel upgrade only
      Property Owner: Yes
      Are you interested in financing?: No
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/05/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
    • NewProject: Home Addition or Remodel Electrical Installation
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/05/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Project description: Complete wiring for addition or remodel
      Electrical Devices: Wall outlets
      Electrical Devices: Floor outlets
      Comment: Need a new outlet installed on my top floor hallway. One wall is brick, the other is drywall. The drywall wall has a light switch on it both above (same floor) and below it (1 floor down)
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/05/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Comment: DEsk lamp
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/05/22
      Request Stage: Ready to Hire
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible
    • NewProject: Electric Outlets & Fixtures Install
      Location: Washington, DC
      Date: 12/05/22
      Location: Home/Residence
      Is this an emergency?: No
      Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks
      Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting
      Electrical fixtures : Other fixtures
      Comment: repair the ethernet cabling for a smart home installation

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