Fixing electrical problems is not a hobby that one can take up. It's a serious thing that people go to school to learn. Trial and error just would not do. Even small electrical problems can turn to big, dangerous ones, if it's not fixed as soon as it arises or tried to be fixed by amateurs. When you are in doubt, the best thing to do is call a professional electrician. Nearly every homeowner will, at some point, need the services of an electrician on one occasion or another. Even though you feel you are up to the task in repairing a minor electrical issue, more complicated electrical repairs may take place which you will need an expert to deal with it. Some key points should be considered when hiring an electrician. Of course, you would want to hire someone or a company that's trustworthy and skilled for the job to be done correctly. One other factor to be considered is the price. Yes, you are looking for professionals that charge within your budget, but a cheap price should not be your main reason for hiring an electrician. If you do this, you might end up hiring an incompetent one. I have listed some tips to help you find the right electrician or electrical company. 1. Ask if the electrician or the electricians in the company are licensed and certified electricians. Since electrical problems are serious stuff and you would be spending money in the repair, you should not hire someone who's not qualified to do the job. In case they do not want to provide this, go ahead and seek the next electricians on your list, they may be able to provide what's you're asking for. 2. Ask for an estimate of the job to see if you could afford the cost. It's important to ask for estimates and not just go right ahead and ask the contractors to do the job and see the amount they'll charge you after. The job might end up overpriced. Also, do not hire based on price, you may sacrifice work quality for a low price. Some companies are nice enough to provide free estimates. 3. Take time researching for good words said about the electricians or the electrical company you are hiring. The internet is a good venue to search for reviews, especially if you don't know someone who has hired them in the past. This list courtesy of LVE Las Vegas Electricians 2398 E Sunset Rd Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 537-0953 Choosing the right electrician to hire is not an easy task. Taking into consideration the tips above can help you in this quite difficult mission. Remember, hiring the wrong electrician may end up in a fire. Thomas has written about, and worked on residential electrical servicesfor over 6 years. Residential is his forte when it comes to electrical projects.