Questions to Ask Your Residential Electrical Contractor

Posted on: September 16, 2018

Hiring a residential electrical contractor can be easy. Asking the right questions gives you more information about the contractor and what they offer to their clients. So, knowing what questions to ask puts you in the best position to hire the correct professional. Hearing their answer and expertise will help you make the right decision. 

Always hire professionals for all electrical work throughout the home. This system is one of the most important and one of the most dangerous. With that in mind, here are a few questions to ask.

Questions to Ask When Hiring an Electrical Contractor

Are they licensed, bonded and insured?

Asking the residential electrical contractor if they have a license, are bonded and have insurance is a big must. This should be the first question to ask. These are all important for any professional to have, especially one working on residential properties. Licensure shows they have the training and knowledge to do the job. Insurance and bonding show that they protect not only themselves while on the job, but their clients and their clients' homes.

What exactly is their electrical experience?

Asking about their electrical experience, past reviews, and previous clients recommendations give you, the homeowner, a sense of confidence when hiring someone. While a newcomer to the industry may be skilled, hiring a contractor with a decent history always brings comfort.

Do they pull all the required permits?

Having a residential electrical contractor that pulls the required permits and knows the codes is ideal. Homeowners often do not understand what documents are required for specific jobs. The professional should have enough knowledge of the area and the rules and regulations to pull the permits, get them accepted and keep the electrical work up to city ordinances and codes.

How long has the company been in business?

Hiring a local, long time company is ideal. They have experience with the homes in the area, and many of the local families may know them. Chances are, the company has been passed down from generation to generation, making it even better as the years pass. Newer companies may not have made a name for themselves yet, but checking first into a long-standing, positive company is ideal.

What is their estimated rate and do they work on contract?

These are important because an estimate gives an idea of how much will be spent on the project. The contract covers the professional, as well as the homeowner should there be any issues. Having a contract that outlines all the agreed-upon terms helps everyone do the job they are meant to do and ensures a positive and seamless experience. 

You have the right to ask questions

By speaking with the professionals, the homeowner is essentially learning more about them. Having an idea of what they are capable of helping to make a more informed decision on who to hire for a residential electrical job. A professional should always be happy to answer any questions that are asked, and we always are!

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