Questions to Ask a Residential Electrician Before Working with Them

January 10, 2022 3:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

In need of some electrical work around your home? If you don’t already have a relationship with a residential electrician you know you can trust, you’ll need to do some research and due diligence before hiring someone to take on the job.

Most electricians will be happy to provide you with quotes for the work—but beyond asking about prices, there are some other questions you should ask to gauge their competence and whether you’ll work well with them.

Here are a few examples of some of the questions you can ask before home electrical repair.

Are you licensed?

You should never work with an electrician who is not licensed. Work performed by unlicensed electricians might not meet code in your area or inspection requirements for your state. It could also result in voided warranties for specific products used.

Do you have experience with this type of work?

Not every electrician handles every type of electrical job. Be sure to discuss the full scope of the job with the electrician before hiring them so you can be certain it’s a job they’re able to handle and that falls within their services offered.

Do you have any warranties or service guarantees?

Most contractors will guarantee labor and also honor any manufacturer warranties that exist on fixtures or devices purchased from them. Make sure you get all these guarantees in writing so you can use them as a reference for any potential future claims.

Is this work designed to be a long-term solution?

If you have an older electrical panel in your home but aren’t ready to redo your home’s wiring, your electrician may be able to design less-invasive and expensive repairs; however, such a repair would not be a long-term solution to your problem. Make sure you clarify with an electrician before they take on repairs or other such work whether the work they’re performing will stand the test of time.

Who will handle repairs associated with the work?

Depending on the type of electrical job in question, the electrician may need to cut access holes in your walls to get to the wiring or outlets. Discuss these requirements in detail with your electrician before beginning the job so you know how much of this work will need to be done and who will be handling the repairs. You may need to arrange drywall repairs separately, or the electrician might handle it themselves. Get whatever agreement you reach in writing in your contract.

Will my electrical service be disrupted?

Some types of jobs require electricity to the home or certain rooms or circuits to be shut off. You should ask about this ahead of time so you have time to plan around the loss of service.

These are just a few examples of some of the questions you should ask an electrician to get greater clarity about their services before hiring them for a project. For more information about hiring an electrician or to inquire about our services, contact us at Eavenson Electric Co.

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