As far as electrical work goes, whether for your home or for your business, it’s crucial that you get the right person to work for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a simple repair job or something more complicated, such as rewiring or installing an entire electrical system.
The saying “You get what you pay for,” applies to electrical work as well; you may save money at first by going with a low-cost electrician, but you’ll end up shelling out more to fix any problems arising later on. So how can you find the best one for the job? Here are the most important questions to ask electrical contractors before choosing and hiring one of them.
Are you licensed?
Yes, we’re serious. This might seem like an obvious question, but you may be surprised to learn there are commercial electricians who aren’t licensed. As you can tell, that spells trouble for anyone who hires them. If the electrician is licensed and they’ve maintained that license, it tells you two important things.
First, they’ve passed a test that shows they know the bare minimum for the job and that they’re competent enough. That may not sound like a big deal, but if you think about it, would you work with someone who didn’t know the basics and wasn’t competent with the work you’re hiring them for?
Second, they’re diligent and put in the effort needed to stay abreast of standards in the business, not to mention they can consistently perform to those standards.
Are you insured?
If an electrician’s license is the brand of, say, a gadget, then insurance on electrical work is the equivalent of a warranty on that gadget. In other words, in the worst-case scenario if something goes wrong, the electrical contractor or the company they work for won’t just fix the problem, but will pay for damages as well. Just like you can return a faulty gadget and get a replacement without having to pay again.
Do you have references?
Whether you’re thinking of working with a small operation or a big one, get to know their past projects. Don’t just ask for names of the people they’ve worked with or job addresses. Go one step further and ask for job descriptions, too. Ask about which jobs went well and which ones didn’t, and why.
Their answers will tell you what they specialise in – commercial versus residential, for example – how many jobs they’ve had, and the quality of their work.
Remember: you’re trying to find the best electrical contractor for the job you have in mind, so the more information you have, the easier it will be for you to compare and contrast your best choices. From there, it won’t be hard for you to make an informed decision – one that is sure to lead to the best possible result.