Peter McCarthy Electric Co., Inc. - Specializing in Older Buildings in Chicago
Adventures in Old House Wiring....

Customer reviews

New Yelp Review!

NEW YELP REVIEW!!!!
o    Gretchen R.
o    Chicago, IL


8/6/2014
Peter McCarthy, who specializes in older buildings, is the only electrician I would use for our vintage condo. We've had Peter and his team complete three jobs in our unit : a new pendant for our entryway, track lighting for the hallway, and pendants, cans, and under-cabinet lighting for our kitchen. He does impeccable work, as does everyone on his team, and they clean everything up at the end so that it doesn't even look like they were there. The one drawback: it will make you want to upgrade the lighting (and everything else) in your place!


THANK YOU GRETCHEN!  You are right, it does make you want to upgrade all the lighting in your place. And in MY place too!

5 Star Review from ANGIE'S LIST

A lovely client put this nice review in for us on Angie's List a couple weeks ago. I really appreciated it. Her old house needed a little attention in the basement. I was very glad to help out.   THANK YOU!!!!!

Review Date: June 04, 2014
Member: 
A.
 East 89th Place
CHICAGO, IL 60619
Category: 
Electrical
Services Performed: 
Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: 
June 04, 2014
Hire Again: 
Yes
Approximate Cost: 
$175.00
Description Of Work: 
Fixed light fixtures and ceiling fan.  
Member Comments: 
I got a quick response from Mr. McCarthy when I "messaged" him. The service provided was superior!  The cost was exactly as quoted; even repaired a couple of things seen, but of which I was not aware.  I will recommend highly to family and friends!! Very prompt!
Share on Band of Neighbors: 
Yes


OverallA PriceA QualityA ResponsivenessA PunctualityA ProfessionalismA

Two More 5-Star REview from Angie's List

  We were fortunate enough to receive two 5-Star Reviews on Angie's List this week.  THANK YOU FOLKS! The pleasure was all ours!


Review Date: May 28, 2013
Member: 
Barbara G.
E 53rd Street
Chicago, IL 60615
Category: 
Electrical
Services Performed: 
Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Approximate date of service (or last contact): 
May 20, 2013
Hire Again: 
Yes
Approximate Cost: 
$215.00
Description Of Work: 
Microwave wasn't working due to defective outlet.  Peter replaced it and installed it correctly and up to code unlike the person who installed it originally. 
Member Comments: 
No problems since Peter did the work.
Share on Band of Neighbors: 
Yes
Overall
A
Price
A
Quality
A
Responsiveness
A
Punctuality
A
Professionalism
A


Review Date: May 20, 2013
Member: 
Maura R.
South State Street
CHICAGO, IL 60605
Category: 
Electrical
Services Performed: 
No
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Approximate date of service (or last contact): 
May 16, 2013
Hire Again: 
Yes
Description Of Work: 
Peter was not able to do the work for me because he was busy so he recommended two other electricians he has worked with in the past whom he felt were honest and fairly priced.
Member Comments: 
We contacted one of the referred electricians and he came out the next day and did a great job!
Share on Band of Neighbors: 
Yes
Overall
A
Price
N/A
Quality
N/A
Responsiveness
A
Punctuality
N/A
Professionalism
A

5 Stars Reviews

WE were fortunate enough to receive two new reviews this week, one from Angie's List and one from Yelp. I thank these clients for both their patronage and the taking the time to submit reviews on us. You are VERY APPRECIATED!!!


Angie’s List Review 2-18-13
39xx N. HERMITAGE AVE.
CHICAGO, IL 60613
Category: 
Electrical
Services Performed: 
Yes
* More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date: 
February 16, 2013
Hire Again: 
Yes
Approximate Cost: 
$150.00
Description Of Work: 
Replaced faulty switch
Member Comments: 
Great!  Pete is very professional.  I was interested in learning something about electricity.  Pete was more than willing to spend the time teaching as he replaced the switch.
Overall A
Price A
Quality A
Responsiveness A
Punctuality A
Professionalism A




Chicago, IL 1/29/2013
Peter is super super nice!!! He answered emergency questions late in the evening, worked me through all the possible steps to fix my electricity problem so I can save money if the problem can be fixed by myself! He is really helpful and I am so glad that I found him online! I am happy that now I have someone who I can completely rely on and trust when it comes to future electricity problems!


Thanks again Folks! It's clients like you that make me happy to be in this business!

Peter

Thank you!

Received this lovely note from a client a few weeks back after finishing up her job.

I like to believe people are pleased with our work, but it's always extra nice when they say it to you so enthusiastically.

Thank You!


New 5-Star Review on YELP!

New 5-Star Review on YELP!


Jeremiah K.
Chicago, IL
10/28/2012
Our condo building hired Peter to replace the light fixtures around the perimeter of our building and are thoroughly pleased with the work he and his team did. Peter helped us find affordable fixtures that were more effective, durable and efficient. His service prices seemed fair.  He was very easy to schedule appointments with.  Peter and his team were very professional.

THANK YOU Jeremiah!!!

You were a pleasure to work for and the new lights are a big improvement!

Two Fresh Angie's List Reviews

Here are two fresh Reviews from Angie's list.

THANK YOU!!!


Review Date: September 21, 2012
Member:
Emily K
3333 S  Ave Apt 1S
CHICAGO, IL 60616
Category:
Electrical
Services Performed:
Yes

Work Completed Date:
May 17, 2012
Hire Again:
Yes
Approximate Cost:
$215.00
Description Of Work:
Half our home's electrical was out. Peter came out promptly found the issue and explained exactly what went wrong and how he was going to fix it.
Member Comments:
Peter was great and I will definitely use him for all future electoral needs and would highly recommend him.
Share on Our Block:
Yes   
Overall    A
Price    A
Quality    A
Responsiveness    A
Punctuality    A
Professionalism    A


Review Date: September 13, 2012
Member:
Seth R.
5420 S
CHICAGO, IL 60615
Categories:
Ceiling Fans
Electrical
Lighting
Services Performed:
Yes

Work Completed Date:
August 26, 2012
Hire Again:
Yes
Approximate Cost:
$500.00
Description Of Work:
A laundry list of small electrical chores, ceiling lamp installation, re-lamping basement and safety issues.
Member Comments:
Peter's guy, Matthew, was prompt, efficient, knowledgeable and creative in solving problems. This service was great!
Share on Our Block:
Yes   

Angie's List Review

It must be "Report Card Day!"  

Report Date: August 27, 2012
Member:
Drew & Jeanette A
35xx S King Dr.
CHICAGO, IL 60653
Categories:
Electrical
Lighting
Services Performed:
Yes
* More Weight is given to a report where work has been completed.
Work Completed Date:
July 25, 2012
Hire Again:
Yes
Approximate Cost:
$1,384.00
Home Build Year:
1880
Description Of Work:
1. Installed net new light fixture in kitchen (cut new hole, ran conduit and wiring, installed new wiring box and switch, hung fixture);2. Replaced a light fixture and installed ceiling medallion over bar; 3. Repaired/rewired doorbell4. Installed a new combination phone/internet outlet in study (cut hole, ran wiring, installed new wiring box and outlet);5. Replaced 4 outlets in study (replaced white outlets with brown, to match wood paneling); 6. Moved thermostat to new location; 7. Replaced a light fixture and fan in the bathroom (cut out and remove old fan unit, and replace with new fan & light).
Member Comments:
Peter came out and did an estimate, and advised us on our options and the best ways to accomplish what we were trying to do (main challenge we had was how to brighten a dark area in our kitchen, though we had numerous straightforward projects in the project, too). He also did a good job setting expectations that our work would involve cutting open several walls, and that we might have to alter our plans if we encountered obstructions behind the walls.
Although it took a little longer than we would have liked to set up the initial appointment (due to the heat wave in July Peter was especially busy), once we got engaged, Peter was very responsive and communicative. He turned around his proposal shortly after coming out to estimate the work, and he began work shortly after that. We were especially appreciative of him fitting us into his schedule on such short notice because we had painters working on our house simultaneously, and we wanted to get the electrical work finished before the painters left, so they could patch and paint any areas where we had to cut open or drill holes into the walls for the electrical repairs.
Peter's crew was courteous, professional, and quick, getting the work done in 2 - 3 days. They were very careful with our house and belongings, and installed all the fixtures, outlets, wiring, and switches precisely, lining them up perfectly with existing switches, or centering/placing them exactly where we wanted them. All the lights, fans, internet and phone lines, and doorbell repairs worked perfectly.
We did have one surprise on the job: We had originally wanted to install recessed lighting in our kitchen over the bar, but when Peter's crew drilled a pilot hole to see if there would be enough room for the cans, they discovered an air duct blocking the way. They helped us come up with a "Plan B" that involved installing a wall sconce on the soffit over the bar instead. That worked out fine, and adds a nice look to the room as well.
We had used Peter McCarthy Electric once before and had been very pleased with his work. Happy to report that he's still doing excellent work. We're very pleased with his service, accountability, professionalism, knowledge/skill, the pride that he and his crew take in their work, and the personal touch Peter shows with his customers, such as by sending us a hand-written note thanking us for hiring him.
Report Photos:

    Wall sconce installed over bar in kitchen
    Wall sconce installed over bar in...
    Light fixture and ceiling medallion installed over bar
    Light fixture and ceiling medallion...
    Thermostat moved from old location (hole on left) to new location. Doorbell being repaired.
    Thermostat moved from old location...
    Thermostat & doorbell after the painters patched the holes.
    Thermostat & doorbell after the...


Overall    A
Price    A
Quality    A
Responsiveness    B
Punctuality    A
Professionalism    A
Additional Questions Answered when completing this report

How much did the final cost compare to the original estimate? right on

How does the value of the work compare to the price? I got exactly what I paid for

How far in advance did you schedule the work? 1-2 weeks

Did you find the company through Angie's List? yes

If yes, which source(s)? website

Why did you choose this contractor? location, reputation

Have you used this company before? I've used this company before

What did you like most about this contractor? High quality work, consultative approach, handwritten thank you note

What did you like least about this contractor? Had to pester him a bit to schedule the initial estimate

What surprises came up during the course of the work? Couldn't install recessed lights where we had hoped to, but we found a good workaround installing a wall sconce instead.

What words of advice would you give other members considering this contractor? You can't go wrong with Peter McCarthy Electric!

What words of advice would you give this contractor? Keep up the great work, Peter! Thanks for helping us get the electrical work done before our painters finished their work.

New 4 Star Review on Yelp!

Here is a new review that I found on Yelp this morning. Very nice to find such kind words on a Monday morning.


8/27/2012
I highly recommend Peter McCarthy Electric Co..  Peter's extensive experience and knowledge served my condo and me well when what was believed to be a simple outlet replacement turned into a major investigation into the ancient and faulty wiring behind the walls.  His expert and prompt action alleviated a very dangerous situation.  He was also very helpful and patient, being proactive about working with the high-rise building management to get the proper permissions to access and work in the building and my unit.  Above all, he is fair, honest, trustworthy and just a good cheerful person to work with.   When I need electical work done in the future I will call on Peter McCarthy Electric first, for ease and for peace of mind.


Thanks Laurie!

Yelp Review

Here is a recent Yelp review from one of out very lovely clients on South Calumet Ave.  THANK YOU!!!

Category: Electricians
Neighborhood: Hyde Park
7/29/2012
We are extremely happy and satisfied with Peter McCarthy Electric!  We first met him three years ago when we needed wiring for additional recessed lighting in our kitchen and living rooms.   I called Peter McCarthy (by way of Angie's List) and got an appointment for him to come and give us an estimate. We were in a hurry to finish this work as we were also doing a lot of other larger projects in preparation for the arrival of our twins, which could be started only after we finished the electrical end of things.

I gave Peter five stars right on that first day when he showed up not just on time but ahead of time. I explained to Peter about what needed to be done.  While talking, I realised that he was completely booked for the next month with large projects in Hyde Park.  However, Peter agreed to start the work within two days, in between projects and only asked that we be a tad flexible since he and his team would have a sporadic schedule. Peter and his associate, Matt, made sure that the work was done in a timely manner. They were extremely professional, respectful and left the areas clean with no hint that they had been there!

After they finished that project, we had some other smaller ones that arose throughout the years.  I emailed them again without any hesitation and most recently a few weeks ago to add an outlet in our children's closet to keep things as cord-free as possible in their room.  Peter and his team are consistently a pleasure to work with and fair in pricing...

I have had a lot of good but a few bad experiences with my other contractors during several remodeling processes throughout the years.  But there is no doubt one can definitely learn about professionalism from Peter McCarthy Electric.  Thank you Peter and your team!  I always glowingly refer you guys to our neighbours/friends for any electrical needs!


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