You Should Be Asking Question Before and After You Hire an Electrician

Choosing an electrical contractor should be done carefully. Before you meet with an electrician you should have a list of questions prepared and carefully consider the answers they give.

In choosing an electrician, hopefully you’ll be beginning a long-lasting relationship built on trust and honesty. By asking the right questions, you will be able to find the electrical contractor with whom you you’ll feel comfortable working with.

We’ve divided the questions into two categories, questions to be asked in choosing an electrician and questions to be asked about the specific job you’re hiring them to perform.

 

Questions about the Electricians Qualifications and Work History

The first two questions should go a long way toward narrowing the field of candidates. Ask the electrician whether they are licenced to perform electrical work and whether they are insured to perform that work. They should be happy to produce documents showing their qualifications on both questions.

If they pass the first two questions, ask them about their work experience and any references they have. (Be sure to make a note of the references and follow up by contacting them for confirmation.)

They should be able to produce a portfolio of their past jobs and prove their experience and expertise in performing the job that you are hiring them to do. If they have plenty of work experience, but not the right type of experience for your particular job, that can be a disqualifier as well.

 

Questions about the Job You are Hiring them to Perform

Once you have whittled down the field of candidates, it’s time to get an idea of how they work, and specifically, how they will work on your job.

The first questions to ask in this area deal with the financial side of things. How will the electrician be billing you for their work?

Most contractors are willing to either work on an hourly rate or charge a fixed rate for the complete job. It can be a bit of a head-scratcher trying to figure out what would be the best option for you to choose.

The general rule of thumb is to choose the hourly rate when it’s a small job and the fixed rate when it’s a larger one. You may have set up a particular budget for a large job. Asking if they are able to complete the work within the budget is a good place to start any negotiations that may be necessary.

Also ask about a warrantee on their work. And be sure to get all warrantees in writing.

Finally, ask them about their day to day work habits – who will be performing the work and what times will they be starting and finishing their work days. You should be comfortable with all their answers before signing the contract.

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