14 Mar 8 Questions to Ask an Electrician Before Hiring
Are you looking to hire an electrician to wire your new home or simply add an outlet to your living room? Choosing a reliable and experienced electrician is key to ensuring that you receive high-quality work for a fair price. Today, we are going to share with you 8 questions to ask an electrician before hiring.
#1: Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
A professional electrician should be licensed, bonded, and insured in most states. It would be best if you asked for evidence of each before proceeding with any other questions.
#2: What training have you completed?
If you have a project that involves specialized knowledge, be sure to ask the electrician what kind of training they have had in this area of expertise. You want to make sure that they aren’t just figuring it out as they go but have completed training on it.
#3: How many years of experience do you have?
While education is essential, the experience is just as important. Make sure to ask how long they have been working in the field and how often they do projects similar to yours. Experienced electricians will understand and have a plan of attack to handle your project.
#4: Can you provide references?
The world goes ‘round with references. Any electrician who cannot provide at least three references should not be considered for the job. In addition, don’t just ask for references and do nothing. Follow up by calling each of the references to ask about the electrician’s quality of work, pricing, and customer service.
#5: Who will be doing the work?
When hiring a company, you want to know who you will be getting. Are you getting the owner? If not, are you getting employees or subcontractors? If you get one of these, ask about their licensing, training, and experience. You should make sure that you at least get a journeyman electrician, not a solo apprentice.
#6: Do they offer a warranty?
Before hiring, ask if the parts, labor, or both are under warranty. If so, for how long? A good electrician will offer a warranty, so it is a red flag if he does not.
#7: What does the estimate include?
Before asking for an estimate, see what it includes. An estimate should include more than just the price of the materials and labor. A proper estimate should include:
- A project summary
- Detailed project costs
- Labor and employees
- Permits (if needed)
- Pay structure and timeline
#8: What will I need to provide?
As a home or business owner, you may be new to the world of repairs or renovations. If so, ask the electrician what will be needed from you during this project. An electrician may require you to apply for a permit, provide access to the work area, move furniture in advance, etc.
Now that you understand how to do your due diligence, don’t just choose the first electrician you find. Shop around until you find an electrician that meets all the standards above. If you would like to ask us any of the questions above, please contact us today for more information!
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