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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Electrical Installation, Maintenance And Repair Service

January 2014

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

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

Electrician - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Electrical Installation, Maintenance And Repair 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 Electrician Hiring Guide for step-by-step details.
What should I expect to pay for Electrical Installation, Maintenance And Repair Service?Most Electrical Installation, Maintenance And Repair Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for an Electrician 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 Electrician.
Do I need to use a licensed Electrician for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?A professional Electrician must be licensed to provide most Electrical Installation, Maintenance And Repair Services. To check an Electrician'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 Electrician for my project?Your Electrician should carry adequate liability insurance for work related damages. Your Electrician should also have workman's compensation insurance for job related injury or health risks.
Does my Electrician need to be bonded?A bond will protect the homeowner if the terms of the contract are not met by the Electrician. A bond is recommended for any work over $500. Make sure that your Electrician's bond is valid and that the bond limit will cover the cost of completing or re-doing the work, before any work begins.

Electrician - Services

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

Electrician - Finding and Hiring

Not every Electrician 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 Electrician 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 Electrician to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Electrician - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

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



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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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