The Internet is a great place to look and find electricians in your area. Though a good portion of the work has been done for you, you still have to compare services and pricing. In fact, many home improvement blogs urge you to look at the hiring process almost like a job interview. In some aspects, it is. Here are three questions to always ask potential electrical contractors:
1. Do you carry valid insurance?
As we already know, dealing with electricity is fraught with danger. It’s rare that an electrician gets hurt on the job, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. For these instances, insurance would cover the medical expenses of the contractor. Likewise, if your property also incurred damage, insurance would reimburse you. For these reasons, always ask if a company has valid insurance and for them to provide proof.
2. Does your company perform extensive background checks?
So much emphasis is placed on burglars casing your home that we often forget the more easy-access culprits. Electricians have access to your home for however long they need to work on your electrical wiring. You need a peace of mind knowing that the company does extensive background checks on all employees and would never let a criminal wander around your property.
3. Do you offer a guarantee on the work?
You don’t want to spend a good deal of money to find out that the work carried out doesn’t work days later. An honest company will offer a guarantee and send back contractors to address the problems at no extra cost. You should also ask about potential warranties that the company may offer for long-term performance.
Hiring electrical contractors is not as easy as it looks. You really have to dig deep and ask the right questions before choosing to hire a company.