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What You Need to Know Before You Hire an Electrician

What You Need to Know Before You Hire an Electrician

Electrical work isn’t easy. While some small-scale projects can be tackled on your own at home, others require the help of a professional from start to finish. Instead of going ahead and starting on your at-home electrical work, it’s best to assess the situation from an outsider’s perspective. Ask yourself if you have the skills to complete the electrical project and if you have the appropriate tools. If the answer to these questions is, “no” – then you know that you need to hire a professional electrician. Since there are so many companies that you can choose from, irrelevant of your city or neighborhood, it’s important to think through the project before you hire an electrician.

Below are some of the important things that you need to know before you hire an electrician for your residential or commercial electrical project.

What’s my Budget?

First off, determine your budget for your electrical project. You’re going to need to know the absolute maximum you’re willing to spend on your project, before you can go out and get electricians to bid on your project. If you don’t have a handle on your budget, you could get swindled, as you don’t know what you’re project should cost. Make sure you’re very clear with your project specs and scale when you’re speaking to electricians so that they can quote your project accurately. There’s nothing worse than having an electrician submit a bid, signing off, and then realizing that the electrician can’t actually perform the job he or she was hired to do. The more clear you are with your budget and job outline from the beginning, the more successful you’ll be in getting your job to come in on budget. 

Also, make sure that you and your electrician have outlined a payment plan from the beginning of the job as it is often necessary to pay for a portion of the job up front, depending on what the job entails.

Will You Get my Permit?

Ask your chosen electrician about the permit for your electrical work from the get-go. Your electrician should be responsible for obtaining the permit for your electrical project and this should be done from the beginning. If you decide you don’t want to take a permit out for your large-scale electrical job, the electrician should not work on the project, so that is a good indicator of the type of electrician you’re looking at.

Appearance Matters

If your electrician turns up at your house to evaluate your project in a nice and tidy van with a clean uniform and a business card for you, odds are they will complete their work in a tidy and organized fashion, which is exactly what you want from your electrician. You don’t want to be cleaning up after your electrician’s work, since you’ve got enough on your plate and you’re paying good money for the work to be completed properly and neatly. It’s important that you feel comfortable with the electrician that you are going to hire for your project, since they will be working on a project that pertains to the safety of your residential or commercial space. 

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