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    AE

    In business since 2017

    Gainesville, VA·

    Electrical

    About us: "We strive to maintain our reputation as a high quality, very service-oriented company with our focus being customer satisfaction. We are committed to excellence in every aspect of the business. We uphold a standard of integrity bound by fairness, honesty, and personal responsibility. Our distinction is the quality of service we bring to our customers. Accurate knowledge of our trade combined with ability is what makes us true professionals. Above all, we are mindful of our customer interest and make their concerns the basis of our business. We make sure to develop a lasting relationship so that the next time a project is needed there will be no question on who to call. We look forward to earning your business!"

    EE

    In business since 2015

    Hearndon, VA·

    Electrical

    About us: "We can take on a wide range of residential and commercial electrical projects to include full installation for additions and remodels as well as wiring/panel upgrades, and a variety of other projects. We take pride in the quality of our work and our commitment to outstanding results. We look forward to building strong, long-term relationships with our clients and guarantee your satisfaction."

    Raufi Services LLC Logo
    Haymarket, VA·

    Panel Upgrades, Residential Electrical Service calls

    "They arrived within the timeframe stated , completed servicing our generator, replaced the spark plug and explained the work they had done in a timely manner. They were reasonably priced and an excellent job. Iâ ll call them again when I need service."

    Marilyn M. in December 2020

    SH

    In business since 1972

    Sterling, VA·

    Panel Upgrades, Generator Installs

    About us: "Snell Heating & Air Conditioning, is your go-to choice for protecting your family's safety and comfort. If you need furnace or air conditioner repair, we have many service vehicles and technicians in the Northern Virginia area so we can get to you quicker. We offer same day and next day service in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, McLean, Vienna, Oakton, Oak Hill, Great Falls, Centreville, Chantilly, Burke, Springfield, Fairfax Station, Clifton, Falls Church, Reston, Herndon, all of Fairfax County. Sterling, Ashburn, Cascades & majority of Loudoun. Check out our complete list of cities served. With our unique 7-7-7 service you get the same low rate from 7AM to 7PM, 7 days/week! Snell also specializes in routine maintenance and service, and if you need a new system, or want to learn about getting a new system, we can get you all the information you need to make a smart decision. Call us today and let us earn your business! We accept all major credit cards and offer flexible financing."

    The Home Depot - Generators Logo

    In business since 2003

    Atlanta, GA·

    Portable Generator - Install, Fixed Generator - Install

    About us: "Today, we’re proud to be the world’s largest home improvement retailer. In 2,300 stores across North America, we aspire to excel in service – to our customers, associates, communities and shareholders. That’s what leadership means to us. That's The Home Depot difference."

    RC

    In business since 2010

    About us: "Rivers Contractors is committed to excellence in every aspect of our business. We uphold a standard of integrity bound by fairness, honesty, and personal responsibility. Our distinction is the quality of service we bring to our customers. Accurate knowledge of our trade combined with ability is what makes us true professionals. Above all, we are watchful of our customers' interests, and make their concerns the basis of our business."

    BE

    In business since 1968

    About us: "Benfield Electric Company is an area leader in the Electrical Service field, serving customers throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. We work with residential and commercial clients and pride ourselves on our capability to meet all types of electrical wiring demands and deadlines. Established in 1968, we are a licensed, bonded and insured class “A” Electrical contractor. We are focused on providing a wide array of services to meet all our customer’s needs"

    Air Plus Heating and Cooling Logo
    Lorton, VA·

    Full Electrical Services Generator & Smart Homes: Install, Service, or Repair, Water Heaters & Tankless Water Heaters Install or Service, Ducts & Vents - Install or Replace , and 2 more

    "The approach that AirPlus used to install my generator was more creative than their competition. They were able to put the generator where I wanted it (some competitors said that was impossible, that it would not pass inspection, or had other excuses). In addition, they way they ran the gas line was more creative, less visible and less expensive than their competitors. I am very happy with the results and would use this company again."

    Ray B. in August 2019

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How much do generator installers typically cost?

  • Ashburn, Virginia Average
    $7,164
  • Typical Range
    $5,940 - $10,704
  • Low End - High End
    $700 - $12,000

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.

If you live in an area where blackouts occur often due to heavy storms, you might want to consider having a home generator installed. A fixed or standby generator can provide uninterrupted power in case your main source is affected by an outage.

Professional home generator installers in your area can suggest the best units for your home. Having a backup power system can offer great peace of mind in times of bad weather. There's also relief in knowing that if your main source is damaged or fails for any reason, you still have power.

Need to find a generator installation service nearby? Enter your zip code and HomeAdvisor will connect you with prescreened contractors in your area who are ready to start on your project.

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