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Growth

Once again, our pediatrician appointment isn’t for a few more days, so we don’t have the specifics on his weight and length these days. At his last appointment, he was 9 lbs, 3.4 oz and 21 and 3/4 inches long, both of which put him at about the 50th percentile. I would venture to say that he has since passed the 10-pound threshold, based on how heavy he feels when I lug him around in his car seat. He has also graduated to the 0-3 months size clothing.

Likes & Dislikes

Caleb continues to love looking at lights, although mirrors are pretty fascinating too. He quite enjoys admiring his own reflection! Peek-a-boo is now a favorite pastime as well; that’s my go-to strategy to snap him out of a cranky mood. As far as dislikes, Caleb generally doesn’t like not being held, which makes simple things like making lunch a tad difficult. He also puts up a fuss when he’s bored, so I’ve taken to talking to him all day long to keep him occupied. Just yesterday, I gave him a lecture on my smoothie ingredients and their nutrition benefits. #nerdalert

Eating & Sleeping

We’re still going strong on the breastfeeding front. I give him about one bottle of pumped breast milk per day to which I add probiotics drops (prescribed by the pediatrician to help with gastrointestinal issues). Caleb sleeps like a champ, which makes Seth and me very happy. It’s pretty typical for him to sleep from about 10:30PM to 7AM. Occasionally, he’ll wake up for a 3AM feeding, but for the most part, he has adapted to his parents’ sleeping schedule quite nicely! (I know I’m jinxing myself by typing that out).

Other Quirks

-Caleb gets the hiccups all the time. That in itself wouldn’t be so bad, but they prevent him from napping, which makes him pretty crabby!

-We bought an Ergo carrier with some gift card money, and Caleb seems to like it most of the time. I just have to remember not to wear nice shirts while wearing him–he tends to drool/snot/spit-up all over my chest. Mmm.

-Our little dude continues to look exactly like Seth. So I guess that’s why I think he’s so darn cute.

6 weeks in

This morning I had my postpartum check-up–it’s hard to believe it has already been 6 weeks since our little muchacho arrived. My appointment went smoothly–my blood pressure, BMI, and lady parts are all back to normal.

This milestone has gotten me motivated to get my pre-baby body back. I’m within about 4-5 pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’d like to regain some muscle tone and make sure my body is adequately fueled for breastfeeding. Accordingly, I’ve put together a meal plan and exercise plan for the week. Hopefully, this will help me achieve my goals!

MEAL PLAN

Su: lentil burgers + sriracha roasted cauliflower

M: orange sesame salmon (similar to this recipe) + cauliflower rice

Tu: zoodles w. pesto + feta

W: butternut squash hash + eggs

Th: peanut butter chili

F: take-out (?)

Sa: goddess garbanzo pitas + salad

EXERCISE PLAN

M: elliptical + abs

Tu: run + arms

W: elliptical + legs

Th: run + chest/back

F: elliptical + abs

Sa: run

Su: rest

Not the most exciting of fitness routines, but, with a colicky baby, my options right now are limited to what I can do in the house or with him in the stroller.

To any of you moms out there: any tips for sticking to a healthy eating and fitness routine?

caleb at 1 month

Somehow, our little boy is already 1 month old today!

Growth

We haven’t had our 1 month check-up at the pediatrician just yet, but based on our rudimentary at-home measurement, Caleb is currently about 9.5 pounds. He’s still wearing mostly newborn size clothing, although he’s too long for a few sets of pajamas.

Likes & Dislikes

Caleb has been completely fascinated by lights since day 1–Christmas trees were quite entertaining during the first few weeks of his life! He doesn’t like bedtime very much, but lullabies make it a bit more tolerable. We have a few that we play every night to soothe him to sleep. In terms of dislikes, Caleb is not a big fan of diaper changes or having his nails trimmed. Thank goodness Auntie Katie is a pro at baby manicures–otherwise, he might have some dangerous claws at this point!

Eating & Sleeping

Breastfeeding has gone relatively smoothly. I did get to meet with a lactation consultant in the hospital who was incredibly helpful–she gave me so many great tips for positioning and making sure Caleb stays awake long enough to feed (he tends to doze off about 5 minutes in…). Speaking of sleeping, Caleb can now last about 5-6 hours at a time at night. He hasn’t started sleeping in his crib just yet, although he does spend some of his waking hours there–hopefully that will ease the transition when the time comes.

Other Quirks

-When hungry, he makes a distinctive “oy oy oy” sound.

-He’s not perturbed by dogs at all–he sleeps right through all their barking, and he doesn’t mind when they lick his face.

-Caleb is a very “handsy” baby–if he’s not sucking on them, he is gesturing with them or yanking on my shirt.

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Although I want him to stay little forever, I’m excited to see what milestones month 2 may bring!

Top Mold Removal Companies in San Diego, And how to decide on which one

What to Look for in a Mold Removal Company

In the age of the internet and social media, it can be easy to choose among the many companies that offer mold removal services. But any industry or government authority will caution homeowners against randomly choosing a contractor off a list from the World Wide Web without doing a background check on the company.

Top Mold Removal Companies in San Diego, And how to decide on which one
Mold needs to be removed immediately, hire the right company that can do the job efficiently. (Photo Credits)

Doing so could aggravate the already stressful problem that is mold presence, because dealing with the wrong company means wasted time, money, and effort. Super Dry San Diego Flood Restoration – Insurance Claim Assistance

The Better Business Bureau came up with a guide on the top mold removal companies in San Diego, and how to decide on which one.

“Look for the BBB Accredited Business Seal. BBB Accredited businesses meet BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor their promises, be responsive to their customers, safeguard privacy and embody integrity. Track Record. Before you hire check out the contractor at bbb.org. Read what previous customers have to say, and see how the businesses respond to complaints. Select a business with a track record worthy of your support. Also search the contractor online adding the word “Complaint”, “Reviews” or “Scam” after their name for different search results. Also, check to see if they are a member of professional organizations such as the Restoration Industry Association.”

Read the rest of their guidelines here.

Guide in Hiring a Mold Restoration Contractor

House Logic also came up with its version of guide on how to hire one of the top mold removal contractors. In its article, they came up with a list of what to look for or what attributes to watch out in a prospective mold removal company. Mold Remediation San Diego

“When you need professional mold remediation, look for an independent consultant with credentials in mold remediation and investigation. Such professionals should: Demonstrate completion of industry-approved coursework in mold investigation given by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene or the American Council for Accredited Certification (formerly the American Indoor Air Quality Council). Provide a written report that includes lab results of air and surface samples.”

Print a copy of their whole guide here.

What to Ask Before Signing

The website Surviving Mold Ill ness meantime came up with a list of questions to ask from the prospective mold removal companies that made it to the homeowner’s shortlist.

“Do you guarantee your work? You must be sure that the company will stand behind their work and guarantee the results of their remediation. The thoroughness of the remediation can be tested by doing post-remediation testing through a certified mold inspector. If this testing does not show adequate resolution of the problem, then further remediation and/or cleaning should be done with subsequent testing to ensure that the environment will be safe for you.”

Read more here.

Hiring a mold removal contractor should be done cautiously to ensure that the home project will be worked on by competent professionals.

Everything you Need to Know about Water Damage

Water Damage can be one of the most devastating thing that can happen to any home or property. Yes it may start off small, and unassuming but it still can be very damaging especially when it is left untreated.

It is best to know information about water damage, so that it can be avoided or if it has occurred already, one can properly deal with it. Causes Of Water Damage

WikiPedia defines water damage in one of its entries. “Water damage describes a large number of possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood, and many others. The damage may be imperceptibly slow and minor such as water spots that could eventually mar a surface, or it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as flooding. However fast it occurs, water damage is a major contributor to loss of property.”

Read the rest of the definition here.

Everything you Need to Know about Water Damage

The website DisasterSafety.Org says plumbing failures is the most common cause of water damage incidents. “There are two common types of plumbing supply system failures. The first involves frozen pipes, which can burst due to a buildup in water pressure caused by freezing water in an adjacent section of pipe. These accounted for 18% of all plumbing supply system claims in the study. The second and most common type of failure occurs when the supply system material fails and results in a leaking or bursting pipe. This type of failure represents two of every three plumbing supply system claims in this study.” Read the rest of the article here.

The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC also shared important basic information on water damage in their official website in order to guide property owners about what can be done in case they would have to deal with water damage. Classifications of Water Damage

“Water can enter the home in a variety of ways, including foundation leaks, burst pipes, appliance valve failures or poor drainage around the home. Burst pipes, valve failures and sewage backups are particularly troublesome, as they can produce several inches of water within hours. What are the dangers associated with water damage? When water pools in the home, it will quickly soak through anything it comes in contact with. If it contains contaminants, all organic materials, like textiles and wood, will likely need to be restored. This is because contaminated liquid is the perfect environment for hosting a variety of microbes, including deadly viruses and bacteria. Floods, for example, are typically infested with cholera, hepatitis and other serious diseases.” Categories Of Water Damage

Check the continuation of the post here. 

Knowing even basic information about water damage can help any property owner to appropriately deal with such an occurrence. Hiring a professional restoration services is definitely the way to go to quickly and properly restore a water damaged home or commercial establishment.

How to Find an Electrical Contractor in Chula Vista

Ways to Find the Best Electrical Contractor

Finding the best electrician contractor for an electrical work in one’s property is not as easy as it seems. While it can be convenient to hire someone whose name or company turns out first in a Google, Facebook or Craigslist search, it is not as simple as it seems.

How to Find an Electrical Contractor in Chula Vista

Here are some tips on how to find an electrical contractor in Chula Vista:

  1. Utilize your social media account to get referrals. Ask family and friends who live in the same community if they can refer a good electrician contractor. Chances are they will not name someone who did a lousy job in their respective properties, nor an electrician who charged them exorbitantly.
  2. Check the local Better Business Bureau. Their website has a search section on the license and permits to operate of a potential contractor or licensed electrician. This step will save a property owner from dealing with unscrupulous service providers.
  3. Compare the offer of at least two or three providers. Never jump on the first offer without comparing the services being offered by two other electrician contractors.
  4. Check out service ratings website for feedbacks. The Internet provides very useful information in discerning whether to hire a contractor or not. The feedback in the Facebook page of a contractor cannot be deleted. Most service ratings website like Angie’s List and Yelp are transparent. Local community pages can also provide relevant information on a contractor a property owner is eyeing, so take advantage of these tools.

These are just four of the most logical steps to take in order to get hold of a good electrician in Chula Vista. Gforce Green Electric Solutions Online Website. In its official website, the Better Business Bureau shared more ways to ensure that only competent and accredited electricians are hired by property owners.

“ (1) Ask for References.  Always ask the electrician for a list of references. Contact a few of the previous customers to see if they were satisfied with the electrician’s work. (2) Check for Credentials.  Make sure the electrician has the necessary licenses and insurance required in your specific state. You can call your state’s Electrician’s Licensing Board to make sure the licenses are up to date. The electrician should be able to obtain any permits that are needed for the job. Choose another electrician if you are asked to acquire the permits yourself.”

Read more here. https://www.bbb.org/boston/industry-tips/read/tip/hiring-an-electrician-225

Hiring the best electrician is possible when one takes time if the property owner will at least make time to do some background research on a potential contractor.

Healthy Restaurant in Riverside CA has Major Standing Water and Moisture Issue

Property issues that may spring up from a moisture problem

Moisture problems in any home or commercial property can bring about tons of issues in the structure, the whole commercial property, as well as its occupants. When a property owner has noticed that moisture and humidity problems, it is but important to determine where the problem comes from. Apart from finding out about the root cause, it is also best to ensure that the problem be totally resolved at the root level to avoid recurrence of any nature. Commercial Restoration

For instance, if a healthy restaurant in Riverside CA has major standing water and moisture issue, it will be very likely that the structure and interiors of this restaurant will get affected by too much moisture and humidity levels. It is also very likely that mold and fungal growth may take place affecting the general well being of the employees and regular customers. And when such things happen, repercussions such as penalties from law enforcement authorities may be possible. Emergency Water Damage Pros Riverside CA

Healthy Restaurant in Riverside CA has Major Standing Water and

The website Thermalwindows.com gave a lowdown on how to find out the moisture and humidity levels inside a home. “To get an accurate reading, you can buy humidity-measuring instruments, called hygrometers, or sling psychrometers. Otherwise, watch your windows for symptoms of excess humidity. When excessive moisture collects on the inside glass in a living room or bedroom, you’re approaching the humidity danger level.” Check out the rest of the post here.

The Environmental Protection Agency for its part gave its readers tips on how to reduce indoor moisture and humidity levels. “Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible. (Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.) Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed. Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.” Read the rest of the article here.

Once a severe moisture issue is detected it is important to ask a restoration professional immediately address the situation. The Better Business Bureau came out with tips to consider when hiring professionals and contractors. “People at the greatest risk from mold are people with asthma, allergies or other breathing conditions. Also people with suppressed immune systems are at higher risk of mold infections. If there is mold in your home it must be cleaned up and the water problem that caused it must be fixed. Controlling moisture is the most critical factor for preventing mold growth. If you don’t control the moisture, the mold will return.” Read the rest of the Better Business Bureau’s tips here.

Moisture issues should always be kept under control and should be resoled right away. It will not only create physical and structural problems, it will also harm the health of the regular occupants of the structure.

Flood Damage Restoration Experts in SLC

Flood Damage and Indoor Moisture

Some households may have experienced minor indoor flooding that homeowners no longer felt the need to hire restoration professionals. The problem here though is that because troubleshooting on one’s own mean that equipment that have been used are not industrial in nature, moisture problems can creep up and slowly wreak havoc in the areas in the home that has been inundated by flood waters. Commercial Estimate

Flood Damage Restoration Experts in SLC

Flood Damage Restoration Experts in SLC are aplenty, and so there is no reason why a certain property cannot be able to hire one that can work within a family’s budget or insurance coverage. Salt Lake City after all has a number of flood and water damage repair contractors that are willing to go the extra mile in saving a property from massive flood and water damage destruction. slc.247waterdamagesaltlakecity.com – Free Estimate

When hiring Flood Damage Restoration Experts in SLC, these tips found in the Better Business Bureau’s homepage may be help. “Floods and other natural disasters can often bring out the best in people. Unfortunately, these stressful events attract unscrupulous or incompetent contractors out to make a fast buck from the misfortune of others. Your Better Business Bureau has the following suggestions for consumers needing to restore their homes after water damage: Don’t sign anything you don’t understand. Ask a friend, a relative, business person or an attorney to review any contract you do not understand. A second set of eyes reviewing a contract you are unsure about might save you lots of money and will not hurt in any event. If someone insists you have to sign on the spot, you need to go find another contractor. Hire only local contractors qualified in mold remediation and property restoration. To find local contractors and restorers check with the Cleaning and Restoration Association and the Restoration Industry Association for a list of contractors. When talking to a potential contractor for your restoration job, ask to see a list of references.” Read more here.

The website thebalance.com further stresses to homeowners, the steps to take when responding to flood damage. “If sudden water damage occurs to your property, such as with a storm, it is important to dry all wet areas and provide air circulation to aid in the drying process. Also, cover any areas with a tarp to prevent more water damage. Covering, drying, and dehumidifying wet areas can help minimize the possibility that mold will accompany water damage. Always contact your insurance agent immediately to start the homeowners insurance claims process.” Check out the rest of the article here.

Hiring a restoration contractor to help deal with flooding has immense benefits. Only flood restoration experts can properly address concerns that will help prevent moisture and water damage problems in the future.

How Does Internet Marketing Help Businesses

The Internet continues to take the marketing world by storm. It actually changed the business landscape in terms of marketing products and services to consumers.

Forbes.com explains, consumer habits have changed because of the internet, and so businesses have to adjust to this as well by employing San Diego SEO Internet Marketing as one of their strategies to get to their target customers. But how does internet marketing help businesses thrive?

Almost every American has access to and regularly uses the Internet. Most of us, when we hear of a business for the first time, immediately look for a website or social media profile where we can learn more. We don’t stop in for a visit. We don’t look you up in a phone book. We don’t consult a rolodex. People expect you to have a website, and if you don’t, they may doubt your legitimacy or discard you as a potential option altogether. There’s a “bare minimum” standard that consumers expect to see of businesses online, so strive to achieve at least that.”

Read the whole article here.

Business Media Outfit Bloomberg.com for its part says even local businesses tend to thrive with Internet marketing and startup services are taking advantage of these vast benefits.  “Small business marketing used to be simple. You could buy some space in the Yellow Pages, take out an ad in the local newspaper, and call it a day. The Internet has spawned innumerable new ways to reach customers, from search engines to social networks and business listings boards. But most small business owners don’t have time to understand which methods are best for them—let alone fine-tune strategies or even keep information updated across platforms.” Check out the continuation here.

To start harnessing the power of internet marketing, CNN Money gave business owners some tips on how to maximize Internet Marketing.

“Your Web site should be easy to navigate and right on target, and a “Contact Us” button should be prominent. Also, make sure your site appears high on search engines’ results pages. By including keywords and terms in the code, your site will appear higher up on Google and others. These days, any good web designer will be able to handle such search engine marketing as part of the design and programming package. Still, it’s up to you to know the best way to describe your product and service to potential customers and then turn them into qualified sales leads.”

Internet marketing indeed helps businesses stay within the radar of their target consumers.

How to Hire a Plumber

Hiring a plumber can be a bit tricky especially if the homeowner has just moved into a new community. After all plumbers have their own respective service areas. When new in a certain neighborhood, it is important to be aware of whom to get in touch with in terms of trades skills services like plumbing.

The website Angie’s List shared some tips on how to hire a plumber. “The plumber will know what he or she needs to do and will be able to give an accurate estimate, barring of course, any other major problems. Make sure to get at least three estimates, and be wary of any estimate that is much lower than the others. It could mean the plumber is cutting corners or plans to use inferior parts.” Read the whole article here.

And since plumbing work is critical in running a stress-free household, it is important to be choosy when it comes to commissioning a person or a contractor to do the plumbing work in a property. Apart from expertise in the job, it is important that the plumber and the company he represents operate with integrity. It is also important that necessary background checks, as well as drug tests (if applicable in the state they operate in) are undertaken from time to time to ensure the safety and security of the client.

The website This Old House also dispensed some advice from homeowners who want to know how to hire a San Diego Plumber in their area. “The best way to find a good plumber is to ask friends and neighbors, remodeling contractors, and real estate agents. Nothing holds up a home sale faster than plumbing problems, so realtors often have a list of reliable, fast-response plumbers. Once you find a plumber you’re satisfied with, keep his numbers (office, home, and cell phones, and beeper) handy for emergencies.” Here’s where you can find the continuation of the quoted post.

In the end, hiring a plumber is a serious business. Plumbing is an important aspect in any home or business, and installations, repairs or remodeling that will involve such work should only be entrusted to well-experienced professionals.

Why A Water Leak Must Be Fixed Immediately

A water leak may be easy to disregard especially if it is just a really minor drip in a faucet. It is even harder to detect when it happens in the basement, the attic, or a crawlspace which are places that are not usually frequented in a home.

This does not mean though that a homeowner can just leave the situation like that, and just wait for a convenient time to get the leak fixed.

There are a host of reasons why a water leak must be fixed immediately. Here are some:

  1. Water leaks bloat up utility bills. Arlingtonva.us says drips and leaks can cause an increase of a hundred to a thousand dollars per year. “A single faucet that drips just once every second wastes 8.6 gallons per day, or almost 800 gallons per quarter.” Read the published article here.
  2. Water leaks can cause accidents. Water causes floors to become slippery and if a person does not notice dripping water, he may slip and injure himself. This is even more dangerous for homes with young children or older residents.
  3. Water leaks can cause water damage. Water damage is one of the most damaging effects of a water leak, hence it should be fixed immediately. It is a gateway of even bigger problems like structural damage, mold growth, and damage on furniture and fixtures. Water damage restoration San Diego
  4. Water leaks can be a cause for electrical shocks. Electrical shocks happen when there is a source of water near home fixtures. Addressing leaks immediately can help prevent these very disastrous accidents.
  5. Water leaks can be a source of vector diseases. When leaks pool it is possible that mosquitoes carrying diseases like Dengue, Zika, Malaria and the like may lay eggs in that water and eventually cause illnesses within the home.

It is important to commission a professional plumbing contractor when having a leak fixed in the home. When bills sky rocket without a change in utility usage then it is possible that there is a leak or a drip in the home. Licensed plumbers can detect leakages easily, and fix it right away.

Wikihow.com shared some ways to detect a leak in the home. “Recognize that in many cases a leak can be very hard to locate. Not all of the leaks outlined in this article can be located and if you’re not used to plumbing positioning, you may miss something easily. All the same, if you try these steps, you should be able to find an approximate location and this is a most valuable exercise in itself because it will help the plumber (many plumbers do not like searching for a problem so anything you can do they will appreciate), making it time saving for the plumber and that translates into savings for you.” Read the whole article that they published here.

It is indeed very important to fix water leaks immediately.

How Safe Are Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes such as in Vape Chicago Yelp may have been regarded by some studies as a safe alternative versus traditional tobacco based cigarettes, but some people still want to make sure how safe e-cigarette smoking is.

For one, it is something new, it does not look like the usual cigarette, and at the same time it has its own formulation that is subject to the scrutiny of those who are still unsure about trying vaping.

An article published by British Broadcasting Company in its official website talked about the latest developments in vaping. It mentioned that one of the reasons that vaping is safe is because it does not involve inhaling something that is being physically burned Vape Chicago Yelp.

“David O’Reilly, Head of Research and Development at British American Tobacco says the danger in smoking is in the actual burning of the tobacco, which is why vaping is thought to be less unhealthy. ‘If you took lettuce, dried it, rolled it and set fire to it and inhaled it, you would inhale very similar toxicants to those you would get from tobacco.’ And we know lettuce is safe to eat.”

Read the whole article here.

In its website, the British based National Health Service meantime quoted an independent study stating that Electronic cigarettes from Vape Shop Chicago are 95% safer compared to traditional tobacco based cigarette smoking.

“E-cigarettes are not risk free, but based on current evidence they carry a fraction of the risk of cigarettes. Public Health England’s independent review of the latest evidence found that using an e-cigarette (known as ‘vaping’) is around 95% safer than smoking. As well as nicotine, e-cigarette liquid and vapour can contain potentially harmful chemicals, although these are either at much lower levels than seen in cigarette smoke or at levels not associated with health risk.”

Take a look at the whole article here.

Apart from the absence of smoke inhalation, electronic cigarettes are also seen as a safe alternative because it also helps in smoking cessation.

How To Hire An Electrical Contractor

How to Hire an Electric Contractor

Hiring a San Diego Electrician Contractor could be a challenging task especially when a homeowner is relatively new in the community. With the many contractor services being offered over the internet, it could still be a challenge to determine which among these electrician contractors are experts in their job, and at the same time can be considered reliable and trustworthy.

Here are some tips on How to Hire an Electric Contractor:

  1. Seek referrals and recommendations. Ask friends and neighbors about their trusted electric contractor. This is actually one of the best ways to hire a contractor, to seek for recommendations because people will never recommend someone who has done a lousy job for them.
  2. Harness the power of the internet. Having said this, it is not always the wisest idea to hire without even comparing. Come up with a shortlist of electric contractors and compare and contract the services that they offer. Check the companies as well in Better Business Bureau’s list to be sure that the company has appropriate license and permit to operate their business.
  3. Check for Feedback. Use reputable websites when seeking for feedback about a certain electric contractor. Websites like Angie’s List publishes feedback from customers of service providers and establishments. It will also not to hurt to check out the social media feedback on the contractor. The feedback section in Facebook, as well as comments in the company’s timeline can give a prospective customer a clue as to how the contractor does his job.
  4. Interview the prospective contractor. Nothing beats being able to talk to the contractor and ask about the specific services required. This way everything a prospective client wants to ask can be answered, and more clarifications can be made. Moreover, it is important to ask for a price quotation estimate so that it can be compared to another provider.

Here are some of the questions to ask during the interview:

  1. Are they Licensed and fully-insured?
  2. Are their electricians licensed as well?
  3. Do they offer emergency services?
  4. How much would they usually charge for the services needed, and how long would it usually take them to complete the job at hand?
  5. Do they offer a service warranty?

Once the interview has been concluded, it is then best to evaluate who among those in the shortlist could deliver a better job.