Knowing is half the battle, and not knowing when to hire a professional electrician could mean the difference between needing a $20 wall outlet or needing to call the fire department because faulty wiring caught fire. Only a professional who has been trained and who has the experience will know what to look for and properly check your electrical problem. Doing it yourself is not just cheap, but reckless—it could end up costing more for a DIY fix in the long run.
Not all electricians are created equal, some are fresh, enthusiastic, but lacking in experience, qualifications, or proper equipment. That goes for any trade profession, really. Before you go digging through the classifieds, you can make the search a bit easier on yourself by preparing a list of qualifications that should be met before calling them for an estimate. Simply print out of checklist to check off as you’re going through the classifieds, so that you don’t forget a major red flag or missing skillset because of how friendly and well-spoken the prospective electrician is on the phone.
You could go straight to classifieds in the paper or online, but the fastest and easiest way to source an electrician is through family or friends. Call them first to get their recommendations, or advice against ones they’ve used. Once you’ve got a few good recommendations, then you begin your research and discovery process with interviewing.
Step one, never respond to a classified ad online that does not notate that they are licensed and insured in Colorado. Never settle for someone who is just simply licensed to work, you will be left on the hook if they damage anything, lest you take them to court, which is a huge stress that could simply be avoided by being more careful with who you hire.
Obviously, you should check their credentials, but while you’re at it, see if you can learn about the types of projects or jobs that they have done in the past. Experience is a great way to separate two electrician candidates who are similarly priced. As far as minimum requirements go, you’ll want to hire someone who has at least three years under their belt, and preferably one whom can offer a twelve month guarantee after their work is finished. That means if anything goes wrong with a part or if your problem persists, then they will come back and fix it for you, free of charge. This tells you when an electrician is confident in their skills, no matter how big the problem may be.
Cost will be the first thing you’ll be looking at when filtering through electricians, but it shouldn’t be looked at as some binary litmus test. Electrical work is going to be expensive, whether you like it or not, if you’re going to hire someone who is licensed and bonded. Yeah, you could hire cousin Sal to do it for you for half the price of the average electrician listed online, but you really don’t want to have to deal with a problem of encountering an “oops” in the middle of a repair. Besides, these types of situations can create lasting rifts in family if there’s a lot of money involved.
Get multiple quotes, be realistic about your budget, and look at the big picture when purchasing services for what appears to you as just a “minor repair” job.
After you’ve gotten the basics out the way, put aside a few minutes to go through their feedback and comments left online or via referral numbers that you can request from them. They shouldn’t have any problems connecting you to recent customers if they are confident in their work. Now, just because they are okay with giving you reference numbers doesn’t mean you should save time by not calling them. You might learn some valuable information that can help you decide between competitive electricians that you have lined up.
If you want a quality referral right off the bat, for an electrician in Colorado Springs, visit wireworkscoinc.com. You’ll quickly realize why they come recommended after reading their reviews and credentials. You need a highly qualified professional to make sure you get the job done right the first time, don’t put your home or its value at-risk.
I used Wire Works to upgrade my electric panel in our house built in 1896 (from 100 to 200) and wire in a hot tub. Their quote was quite reasonable, their communication great, and their work was quality and efficient. They showed up on time and did great work in the time frame communicated. I would not hesitate to use Wire Works again at any point. Seriously, I got 5 bids and I do not choose an electrician based on quote alone (though theirs was competitive). I look at every facet, professionalism, communication, follow through, friendliness, helpfulness, ability to explain what should be done and why, etc. In addition, the permit inspector walked away disappointed because of the quality of work Wire Works had completed. Nothing to report, permit granted! They stand by their work.
Great experience beginning to end. Reasonable quote less than others. Completed variety of projects in short time. Very professional and highly skilled. Very comfortable with the team in my home. Everything works. Even added a couple of last minute enhancements. Highly recommend. This is the kind of electrician to hire if you find one and now you have! Came recommended to me from a friend and I am delighted.
Lanny was awesome. I got a quote for a job from Wirenut for some electrical work, and Lanny came in at a third of the price. He knows what he’s doing and was great. Definitely keeping him on our list.
Professional service paired with quality workmanship for a reasonable price. We highly recommend Lanny for any electrical needs that you may have. Wire Works installed a whole house surge protector, a 5 speaker surround system and a number of outdoor lights along with an outdoor television. Great work! Got exactly what we needed without the oversell pitch.
I hired Wire Works Co Inc. to upgrade the 100 amp service panel in my garage to 200 amps. They had to replace the meter box on the outside as part of the job. I also asked for a 240v outlet in the garage and a dedicated circuit run to the over the range microwave in the kitchen. Their price was spot on fair and the work was done on time, as agreed and professional all the way. I was glad to give Wire Works Co Inc. my money. I got every penny I paid for! Thanks Lanny and Corbin!
Lanny came highly recommended for the work that he does and he did not disappoint! I can honestly say that he is in the Top 1% of contractors I have ever dealt with. Very friendly, courteous, knowledgeable, and laid back. He and his son helped me with mounting my TV and even fixed another completely separate electrical issue I had. I was extremely satisfied with their work and their overall helpfulness in completing my project. He was very prompt in returning my correspondence and was spot on in the estimate he gave me. If I ever have electrical issues in the future you can guarantee I'll be turning to him. Thanks again Lanny! The setup looks great and everything works perfectly!!!
Lanny and Team (son Corey) did a fantastic job for us! On time and on budget . . . who could ask for more? If you want the job done right the first time, don't hesitate to contact Lanny . . . job well done!!
Lanny was great easy to work with and very knowledgable. With the new electrical panel and having our electrical now up to code I feel secure and have a beautiful bright new kitchen!
Lanny is excellent
Lannie was by far the most affordable. He was quick and did a great job. Id recommend him to anybody in springs! Thank you for helping my client and my dad's client!
Moved a few outlets for us after we cut down a pony wall and added an outlet in the garage. Very knowledgeable, polite and much more reasonable than the other quotes we received. Will definitely use again for any electrical work.
Lanny was very pleasant and knowledgeable when working on our electric. He was thorough and explained what he was doing and why. Would recommend this company to anyone wanting their work done correctly, professionally, and in a timely manner. Thanks for the hard work Lanny!
I had trouble with outdoor lighting around my property. As a woman I am not comfortable with wiring/electrical/lighting issues. Lanny came over, assessed, explained, and had all my lighting working again before he departed. He was very trustworthy and even took an extra step to fix a light that was out in my laundry room. I highly recommend him.
It's not enough in this world anymore for corporations to just be decent people and not take every penny from customers these days. Seriously, Lanny has done an amazingly thorough job putting on a new electrical panel for our recently purchased older home. He was easy to understand and easier than most home service providers to get a hold of. Scheduling was easy and pretty fast. Not just this, but his integrity in not charging us an arm and a leg for this service was a serious break that we needed. His quote was much more reasonable than the 5 other companies that I called (and waited for their quote) to do the same job! I will be using him in the future for all of our electrical needs (which are a lot in an older home). I would recommend him to anyone and you should at least call him to get a quote! You owe it to yourself to get quality work for a reasonable price, this is your company.
Lanny installed 11 security cameras in our office building as well as installed a photo-cell light fixture on the building's exterior. Lanny came out to look at the building and gave us some great suggestions in terms of areas that were vulnerable; which my current security camera system did not cover. His customer service was amazing; Lanny was very responsive and patient with the many questions I had before moving forward with the installation. The expertise, professionalism and knowledge that Lanny has significantly stood out compared to the several other professional installers we contacted for a bid. He completed the job in about a day and half, which exceed our expectations. I highly recommend Lanny / Wire Works Co. for any of the services he provides and will certainly be using him in the future for any other services I need. Thanks again Lanny! - mg
Lanny did a great job! When 2 other vendors said it couldn't be done, Lanny proved them wrong - he exceeded our expectations.The process was great. On our first meet, Lanny toured our property and heard our requests. He followed up with a proposal that met all of them plus. The actual work he did was phenomenal - nothing but raves from family and friends who have looked and listened to our system.
Outstanding, quality service from Lanny. Instantly understood what was needed for network cabling, installation was quick with zero complications. Lanny is a friendly, courteous professional, and I recommend him and Wire Works Co to everyone.
We picked this company because of all the great reviews. He was kind enough to look at several issues we were having at our new home. Prompt, respectful. Felt completely comfortable having him in our home. Initially came to set up our sound system, but plan on using him to install our lights and ceiling fans.
Lanny did an amazing job and had zero problem diving into mounting TVs on our rock fireplaces, a job we had multiple people deny. He's the only electrician we will use from now on.
Very reliable, and easy to work with. Great work on all my projects. The only electrician i will ever use!
After calling around, We decided to go with Lanny and the team at wire works for our whole-house remodel. Wire Works was able to skillfully accomplish not only the initial scope of work (New electrical throughout, distributed audio/video/internet) but also the hurdles we encountered as we got deeper in to the project. I especially appreciated that I felt like I could trust Lanny, and that when I asked him a question he gave me a straight-forward, unbiased answer. We would definitely use Wire Works again.
Lanny is a real pro, very friendly and very good at what he does. It's been a year since he basically re-wired our home and brought it into the 21st century and we still love it. I would absolutely recommend him for your next electrical job.
"WIRE WORKS" (Lanny) is "Super Fast" and does super "Quality" work !!!!We now live in another area and wish Wire Works was here !!!!!
Lanny with wire works has worked for us for about 8 years, he completely wire our whole house on the Old North end of Colorado Springs. It's a 106 year old house, did a wonderful job. Over the years he has done several job, very dependable, timely, and clean up his mess.
Well, planned. Quick, clean, professional. Will definitely continue to use.
This is the second time we have had Lanny out to the house. He has now put in a total of 21 canister lights for us. He is very prompt, efficient and professional. I wish all contractors were as good as Wire Works. I will definitely recommend Lanny to my friends and will call on him again should the need arise. Great work Lanny, thank you.
Needed an electrician for a transfer switch installation and contacted Lanny. Gave me a good estimate and a quick appointment. He was prompt, professional, courteous, and great to work with. He reviewed what I had planned and provided advice that resulted in a better solution. Lanny is a person who exudes trustworthiness. I will hire him for any future electrical work I may need, and highly recommend him.
Lany was the best I've had the pleasure of dealing with. Extremely helpful, polite, and knowledgable. Wire Works will be the only electrician service I will be using from now on. I look forward to our future projects knowing they are a business I can count on and trust.
What a great company! We purchased a new home and on move-in day, we noticed we were without a phone jack. While we use cellphones for telecommunication, both of us depend on internet for work as well as entertainment (streaming television). I immediately started researching for someone to come install a phone jack. Wire Works responded promptly to my inquiry, communicated with me through the weekend and came and installed the jack first thing Monday morning. Great customer service, friendly and informative. We highly recommend them for work that you need done, we will be using them again.
We have used 3 other electricians in town. Wire works is by far the best, most professional and gets the job done right the first time. Other companies have treated our electrical problems by fixing the symptoms, costing us money over and over. Wire works gets to the actual problem and fixes it right the first time.he always saves us money in the long run.
Just purchased a home and wanted to upgrade the theater, put a new TV over the fireplace, and optimize the structured wiring for internet access. Hired Lanny after researching CoS options, and we're really glad we did. The results were outstanding. He listens to the customer, makes realistic suggestions, and insures the quality of his work to include returning when some post installation issues arose.
Lanny did an excellent job wiring our re-build in Black Forest for whole house video and a home theater. He know pros and cons of the many equipment choices, and picked an affordable solution for us. Work was done on schedule, and with a very professional looking result. A year and a half later he continues to support us by answering our questions and trouble shooting the few issues we have had with the system.
Lanny did a great job and even found I had provided a bad cable to use. I would recommend Wire Works to anyone needing some in house wiring
Lanny was excellent. I had 5 outlets and a light switch out in a home my wife and I just purchased. We feared the worst but Lanny diagnosed and fixed the problem in about an hour. He wasted no time getting to work and was communicative and professional throughout. He also brought his young son, who in addition to being a great kid, did some of the diagnostic work himself, speeding up the process and saving me money.I would recommend Wire Works without reservation.
Wire Works responded immediately to our electrical issue and came out the same day. I really appreciate them fixing our issue and they were very reasonably priced. Thank you Wire Works!
My wife loves to watch movies and, therefore, I decided to surprise her with a nice home theater. My son asked me to contact Wire Works and I was so impressed with their quickness and quality of work. Home theater installation was done in less than a day and without making unsightly holes in the walls. She loved the surprise, thank you Wire Works
We just LOVE Lanny! I wish every contractor that we deal with was so, tidy, efficient, and responsive. We have done several lighting improvement projects at Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital and they have exceeded our desires and expectations. If you are in need of a GOOD electrician - go with Lanny - you won't be disappointed!
My experience with Lanny at Wire Works is more than positive. I don't shop around for electricians anymore. I go straight to Wire Works. Lanny is proficient, clean, trustworthy, and his manners are outstanding. If you are looking for an electrician and don't use Lanny you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
Wire Works Co is great to work with no matter how big or small the job! I am a commercial property manager in Colorado Springs and Lanny has handled all of the electrical needs for our shopping center for years. Recently Lanny has also did electrical work for me at home and he was fantastic. I highly recommend them!
About a year ago I did research on electricians who specialize in home lighting. I found myself returning several times to Wire Works website. I finally called Lanny to come out and talk with us about remodeling our ceiling lights in the lower level. I found him easy to talk with, open to listening to our ideas, and offering creative solutions to meet our needs. Lanny finished the project on time and for less than he estimated. Beyond his professionalism and expertise as a Master Electrician, Lanny also treated our house as he would his own. He cleaned up the area each day before he left. I am glad we chose Wire Works and we look forward to more projects with Lanny in the future.
Wire Works--Lanny Woods as it is personified--does professional, reliable and timely work which he guarantees and backs up with personal commitment. Mr. Woods serves his clients not only with scheduled, "planned" work and service, but aids his clients in emergency cases when immediate action is required. I cannot imagine higher quality work or service, or for that matter, better satisfaction with regards to that work and service.
I investigated various electricians to perform extensive work at our commercially owned business and our residence. After receiving numerous estimates and speaking with many electricians however no one came close to Lanny's professionalism, knowledge and recommendations. He completed the work very quickly, on time and within budget and his estimate. His work is outstanding and he even found and corrected a number of problems our previous electrician made. We will not be using anyone else for our home nor business.
"I was hesitant to hire a contractor, because of my past experience with them. However, Lanny came highly recommended with good references. I was very pleased at his professionalism and honesty! I trusted him and wasn't afraid to even leave him alone in my house while he was completing the work. That's peace of mind!!"
Lanny, was professional in every way! He returned my call right away, and was prompt about providing an estimate, he scheduled the work as soon as I approved it, and completed it in a timely manner!Thanks Wire Works!!
This company is very Trustworthy, Knowledgeable, Detail oriented. Have used them for many projects, from lighting, sound, and technical support. The work is done in a quick and efficient manner. Nice to be able to trust someone these days! Thanks Good work.