It’s always advisable to properly vet your electrical contractors regardless of the kind of electrical work you want to be done. Electricity is dangerous so getting the right person to do the job is critical. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, 82% of professionals surveyed said surge protection is needed to protect expensive equipment. What are the things you need to know before hiring an electrical contractor?
What Job You Need
Find out as much as you can about your job beforehand. It will enable you to explain the job to electrical contractors and put you in a better position to gauge which contractor is the right one for you.
If They Have Recommendations
People you trust can point you in the right direction. These include family, friends, fellow business owners, and local hardware stores. Whether you need commercial or residential work, you can often find someone you know who has worked with electrical contractors in your area. In addition to recommendations, read online reviews to make the right choice.
If They Have Licensing, Certification, and Insurance
Is your electrical contractor licensed to work in your state? A licensed electrician is an insured electrician, and while they may cost more, they are worth it as you can rest easy knowing that their work is safe and up to code. Hiring insured electrical contractors also covers compensation in case an accident happens during the job. If a worker is injured or your property is damaged on the job, you won’t be the one to foot the bill. You should also ask for documents (licensing, certification, insurance) indicating they are qualified to handle your needs. They should easily be able to produce them.
If They Have Experience
Discuss with your electrical contractor their area of expertise to ensure they have worked on jobs like yours before. Ask them for your portfolio and perhaps take a step further and speak to previous clients about their experience.
Can They Provide Detailed Estimates and Timeframe
All costs involved should be laid out in the open and in writing. You don’t want to be surprised by hidden charges halfway through the job. Ask them to provide price and timeframe guarantees in writing, so you know how much the job will cost and how long it will take to complete.
Always do your due diligence when hiring electrical contractors for the best experience. If you need an electrical contractor, call us today.