I had recently bought a foreclosure house that I was fixing up for my family and myself to live in. After a start fixing the house I found out that this house was built as a very base or basic model. There were many rooms that did not have full hookups or enough electrical outlets. So I looked in the phone book and found this Christian electrical repair service called Mr. Electric.
I had them come out and install some additional electrical outlets in various rooms throughout the house. They were very nice and courteous and very professional. He asked me how many rooms down the outlets they were going to be doing and then they gave me a rough quote over the phone and then when they showed up in person they gave me a more firm idea of what it would cost.
And yes the more firm quote was higher but I can kind of understand that because over the phone there is no way for them to know if there’s the correct or required wiring and shielding behind the outlet box. They also needed to look at the wiring in the house and the breaker box.
They were very professional and showed up exactly when they were said they were going to because I had no idea of what an actual bill for this electrical work should be. Their price was somewhere’s around $800. They were done with the electrical work somewhere between an hour and two hours.
They were very professional and everything looked right. The only thing or complaint that I could have after they left was that two of the outlets were installed upside down. That’s not a big deal it is something that I or anyone can easily fix, so I didn’t call them back to have that fixed as I fixed that myself.
But later on when we decided to buy another foreclosure as investment property I ran into some friends of mine that do investment properties and they told me when I told them about Mr. Electric and the $800 or so that I paid that I got seriously overcharged. They told me that they had this electrical guy that worked for one of the big name electrical repair services during the day and at night moonlighted on his own.
He said the quality of his work was phenomenal and his prices were usually one fourth of what the big-name electrical repair services charge. I ended up using this electrical guy that my friends referred me to and he was great. His prices were really low and extremely affordable.
One day, just to see what he would say, I told him about the job I had Mr. electric do for me. I told him exactly the same number of outlets and everything and he said his price would’ve been $150! That’s less than one fourth of the price that Mr. Electric charged me. Can we say price gouging – ouch!
This guy also told me said if you need someone to work on your house you could find people like him in your local Craigslist. There are lots of experts and specialists in everything from electrical to plumbing that can be found moonlighting that are far cheaper than the namebrand service companies that they work for.
My advice here is to definitely do your homework and I will research before you hire any big namebrand service company like Mr. electric. You could literally save yourself a ton of money on services and repairs for your house. Be sure and call around and ask for references first this way you don’t get praise gouged like I did.