Start by asking family members, coworkers or friends about electrical work they may have had done. When people are satisfied with their experience, they will be more than willing to tell you. We firmly believe this is one of the best ways to find any service provider.
While it is not the popular answer, the best one is … very little. Most states and municipalities allow homeowner to perform basic handyman tasks in their own home. That being said, it is still risky to do most electrical work yourself.
Contact several contractors. Get more than one estimate. If a contractor doesn't want to give you an estimate, they aren't that interested in your business. Forget about them.
A bond is an insurance policy which guarantees the contractor will meet his obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Low-balling is when the contractor intentionally provides a very low estimate to obtain the job.