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Electrical Contractor

Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Electrical Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with an Electrical Contractor, every homeowner needs to know: What services does an Electrical Contractor commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Electrical Contractor? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Electrical Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Electrical Contractor - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Electrical Service at a fair price?First, decide on ALL product / service options. Compile a list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have at least 2 qualified pros complete detailed bids on the work. Use a written contract that ties payment to verifyable results. Download the Electrical Contractor Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Electrical Service?Most Electrical Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for an Electrical Contractor ranges from $48 to $71. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Electrical Contractor.
Do I need to use a licensed Electrical Contractor for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Electrical Contractor must be licensed to provide most Electrical Services. To check an Electrical Contractor's license status, search the telephone directory or online for your state's professional license board or department. Contact the licensing authority to verify license standing and history for the business and individual.
Should I use an insured Electrical Contractor for my project?Your Electrical Contractor should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Electrical Contractor should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Electrical Contractor need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Electrical Contractor. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Electrical Contractor's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Electrical Contractor - Services

An Electrical Contractor can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Electrical Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Electrical Contractor - Finding and Hiring

Not every Electrical Contractor has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding an Electrical Contractor matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Electrical Contractor to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Electrical Contractor - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with an Electrical Contractor. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Electrical Contractor. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Electrical Contractor's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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Electrical Contractor Hiring Guide

How to hire an Electrical Contractor

Use this notebook ready hiring guide to:

  • Find & hire great help
  • Get fair, complete bids
  • Get quality work
  • Make a strong contract

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