Outdated or shoddy electrical work can spell disaster for your home or business. Updating or repairing your electrical system should be left to a professional, but not every contractor who calls themselves an electrician is trained and licensed to perform these services. Avoid bad work by asking anyone you’re thinking about hiring these five questions first.
5 Essential Questions to Ask an Electrician Before You Hire Them
1. Are You Licensed, Bonded, & Insured?
All electricians must have a valid electrical contractor’s license, bonding, and insurance. Not only is it illegal to hire an unlicensed contractor, but it also puts you at risk for poor-quality work and scams. Make sure the contractor has a current license to operate a business in your area. West Virginia maintains a database of all licensed businesses on the Secretary of State’s website—a quick search will show you a potential electrician’s status.
2. How Many Years of Experience Do You Have?
An experienced electrician will have the necessary education and training as well as years of experience working in the field. Successful business owners will also prioritize customer service and avoid unnecessary expenses and repairs.
3. Who Does the Work?
Does the owner do the work? Does the electrical company hire employees or subcontractors? It’s important to understand the legal responsibilities you may have. Any subcontractors an electrician hires might not be covered by their insurance. Additionally, if the owner is not on-site, the people they send should be journeyman electricians, not apprentices in training, who must be supervised.
4. How Long Will the Job Take?
Before you hire an electrician, make sure you understand exactly how long the job will take and when the work will begin. The same is true for pricing—ask about the policy and whether the price increases for a service that takes longer than expected to complete. Get both the scope of the project and the pricing policy in writing.
5. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Generally, electrical parts will have at least a one-year warranty, but many electricians also guarantee their services. Find out if the parts, labor, or both are covered under any guarantee or warranty. A good electrician is confident in their work and will always offer one.
Hylton’s Electric Connection is West Virginia’s go-to electrician for homes and businesses: Their long list of satisfied customers proves it! While they’re located in Bluefield, they proudly serve clients across the state, as well as in Virginia and Tennessee. Call them today at (304) 325-3101 to schedule an appointment. To view their list of references or find out more about their services, visit their website.