7 Tips When Hiring an Electrical Contractor
Thinking about remodeling your home but not sure where to start? Here are 7 tips that will prepare you for your next project.
1. Identify the desired end result
Clearly articulate what success looks like at the end of the project. Identify what you want in the space as well as how it will be used.
2. Hire a reputable electrical contractor that is licensed and insured
The quality of the finished project is a direct reflection of the contractor doing the work. Confirm they are licensed and insured to avoid negligence and protect against accidents.
3. Follow up on References
Take the time to ask for and call the Contractor's references to ensure the contractor has the qualities you are looking for. Some qualities you may want to consider are: quality of work, communicates effectively, industry and standards knowledge, payment structure, ability to stay on schedule, adheres to the budget, etc.
4. Obtain quotes
Clearly identify the work that you would like to get done and obtain a couple of quotes to understand the value of the work. Note, this is an industry where you get what you pay for. Work must be done correctly to maintain safety and longevity; another reason to check up on the Contractor's references... see point #2. Do it right the first time.
5. Use a mutually agreeable contract
The Contract should include the scope of work, key milestones, and the payment schedule. Consider payments for completed milestones, and ensure you understand and are in agreement with the full contract before signing. Follow the contract through the life of the project, including timely payment.
6. Obtain signatures of changes in writing
Changes happen often and it's easy to get verbal agreement; however, verbal agreement does not stand in the court of law. Always put changes in writing and have both parties sign it. When changing scope, ask how it may impact timelines and budgets.
7. Be prepared to make decisions quickly
The contractor may ask for your input throughout the build. Making these decisions quickly will help avoid delays. Review the work frequently and provide feedback to the contractor right away.
In conclusion, following these guidelines will help prepare you for your project and make it a pleasant experience.