Questions To Ask Before Hiring An Electrician

Posted on: 17 February 2016

Have you recently purchased a home? Did you discover only afterwards that there are issues with the electrical system? Hiring someone else to take care of this unexpected electrical work can save you both time and money in the long run. But choosing a good electrician isn't always easy. Here are some questions to ask before you hire anyone:

Are you licensed and insured? While many municipalities require anyone who does electrical work professionally to be licensed and certified, this isn't true of all municipalities. If you hire an electrician who isn't certified or licensed, he or she may know little more about the job than you do. As a result, you could wind up with badly done or unsafe repairs in your home. Because it can be difficult or impossible for an unlicensed electrician to get insurance that covers their work, confirming that they have a current insurance policy can be an easy shortcut to making sure that the electrician knows what he or she is doing.

What materials will you be using? Even though you may not understand the differences between 16 and 18 gauge wire or how to properly ground an outlet, you should still ask questions about the electrical work that will be done on your home. Asking questions about the materials being used will help to give you a better idea of how long the whole process will take and whether you will need to wait for the electrician to begin. For example, if part of the process includes your main electrical panel being replaced with a more modern version, is this something that your electrician can simply pick up from the store or is it a special order that must arrive before work can begin? 

What does the estimate include? Some electricians may only include a certain number of hours in their estimate and then charge you if their work happens to go over that allotted time. Other electricians will give you an estimate that is a flat fee based on the type of projects that you're having done. If the electrical work happens to take more time than they expected, these electricians won't charge you any additional money. Before you agree to any prices, make sure that you know exactly what type of estimate that you're getting. While the first type of estimate may seem lower, it may wind up being significantly higher than the flat-rate estimate, if the electrician has knowingly or accidentally underestimated the amount of time that the various projects will take. Contact a business, such as O Toole Electrical Services Inc, for more information.