What You Should Consider When Hiring An Electrical Contractor

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Electrical problems are some of the leading causes of accidents, fires, and deaths in homes and industries. Usually, this happens when an incompetent electrician carries out the installations, repairs or upgrades of electrical systems or equipment. For this reason, electrical services should only be offered by licensed and professional electrical contractors. While system faults are inevitable, planning and implementation of electrical projects require the industry expertise of an individual or contractor who has been doing these types of jobs for several years. Apart from experience, there are many things to put into consideration when looking for a reliable and trustworthy electrical contractor.

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Factors to consider

#1. Cost of Service

This is a very important factor to consider. It may not be so wise to hire the first contractor you meet. Instead, meet several other contractors and get quotations for the scope of work to be done. Interview the contractors separately and shortlist few (say three) that closely match your expectations. Proceed with the one offering a better bargain with possible discounts; however, be careful with the very low quotation as this may translate to low-quality workmanship.

#2. Quality of Work

It is critical to check for how long the electrical company has been operating with proven expertise. Well, there may be no definite measure of the quality of service before the actual work is done but, clear indicators may include genuine customer reviews, feedback, the reputation of the firm as well as neighbours and friends who may have hired and recommended the electric company.

#3. Legitimate Licensing and Insurance

Is the contractor licensed, bonded, and insured? Ensure that the prospective firm is state recognised and has liability insurance so that the client can be assured that financing the repair or replacement can be done should anything go wrong with the work he did. This way, you’ll save yourself the trouble of working with sloppy and unprofessional contractors and avoid wasting time and money on sub-par individuals or firms.

#4. Professionalism

It is crucial to confirm the level of professionalism before entering the contract; expect all contracts to be in writing. A professional electrician should stick to project time frame, be respectful, always clean up the work area, remove all debris, dirt, scrap parts, and leave your premises free of any obstacle. It is imperative that the employees or the firms have the right technical skills and training to offer professional services. Ask questions whether the electricians attend seminars and workshops to sharpen their skill set and acquire up-to-date knowledge, especially on electrical safety. In some case, inquire how thorough criminal background check is on their employees and the screening of prospective employees. This will help you gauge the suitability of the firm in delivering professional and compliant electrical services.

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Finding an excellent electrician should be a thorough process, but not necessarily daunting. Picking the contractor with the best estimate for his reputation, safety credentials, service warranty, and reliable services, you will be on your way to a successful electrical project, whether residential, commercial or industrial.