Questions to Ask When Hiring an Electrician

Have you decided to finally add a light fixture to that dark room, or found something in your home that needs an electrical update? If you’re looking to hire an electrician, make sure to do your homework ahead of time. When you’ve narrowed down the list through websites and online reviews for local Denver, CO electricians, ask these questions when they come out to quote the job:

1.Are your electricians licensed? Is your company insured?

These are deal breaker questions. When an electrician holds a valid electrical contractor’s license, it means they have completed the necessary education and are registered with a governing body at the state or local level.

Because of the potentially high liability of electrical work, you should also make sure that the electrician is insured. Electrical contractors should carry at least $500,000 in liability and workers' compensation insurance.

2.Who’s doing the work?

Similar to the first question, you want to be sure that the person doing the work has an electrical contractor’s license as well. If the electrician giving you the quote won’t be the one doing the work, ask about the experience and qualifications of the one who will be completing the job. You can also ask about their typical work and request references.

3.What’s the total cost?

The electrician should provide you with a quote that includes materials, labor, and a contingency in case they come across any problems. The quote should also include whether the labor charge is hourly or a flat rate, and how long the work is expected to take. You should also ask about related costs affected by electrical work, such as drywall repair.

The quote should also state the electrician’s payment terms. Some electricians ask for a percentage of payment upon reaching certain project milestones.

4.Will I need to replace my electrical panel?

If you have an older home, you may not have the electrical system you need to power a modern, electrical device-driven household. Ask about whether your system is up to code and whether the circuits are designed for typical use.

5.Do I need a permit?

Some electrical projects require a permit, which ensures that the electrical work will be checked by a local inspector. This is an important safety measure designed to protect homeowners. Electricians are typically responsible for pulling permits with the appropriate agency.

6.Is there a warranty if something breaks?

It’s a good idea to find out what kind of guarantee the electrician offers if something breaks or doesn’t work as expected. Some electricians will come back and fix problems within a year of completion. Do make sure that the warranty or guarantee is in writing.

Asking these questions will help you hire someone who knows electrical systems, does good work, and will leave you with a completed project as expected. Quality electricians anticipate that you will ask these questions and should have their responses and documentation ready to share.

Call (303) 309-4239 to have an experienced, licensed electrician at Absolute Electrical Services check out your project and provide a quote.