The Ins and Outs of Hiring an Electrician: Part One The ‘Interview.' - Parker & Sons

Here on the Parker & Sons blog, we talk a lot about the importance of maintenance, both self and professional. The regular servicing of your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems are paramount to keeping your health and comfort in your home year-round. When it comes time to hire a contractor for work around the home what do you look for? What about an electrician? Well, we’re here to offer you some insider tips, so you are never left in the dark.

First look into your prospective electricians just like you would any prospective employee. While they are absolutely providing you a service, they are working for you. Thinking about the electrician/contractor in this way will get you off on the right foot to at least find one that is the best fit for you.  This means having some questions ready, but specifically, ones that matter to you and you have an acceptable answer in mind. If you don’t need commercial electrical services, then there is no reason to pursue an electrician who primarily works in that field.

An example of questions that might help you find the right Electrician for you:

  • “Are you licensed, bonded, and insured? May I see the documentation?”
    • Any electrician worth their salt will be, and they shouldn’t hesitate to offer documentation showing their expertise. This is equivalent to having references for a job (though you could always ask for those too!)
  • “How long have you been working in the field?”
    • If you’re looking for an experienced hand, it won’t hurt you to ask. You’ll get an answer and have a better idea of what your electrician experience will be.
  • Discuss pricing!
    • Ask your prospects if they charge by the job or hourly. Having a clear understanding of how the price will break down will benefit both you and the electrician, preventing any unnecessary confusion once it comes time to pay.
  • Ask any other questions that may be important to you specifically. Do they offer guarantees of their work? Price estimates? 24 hour servicing? It behooves you to know what your needs may be to better align an electrician (or any contractor) to fit those precisely.

These have been just a few common questions to get answers to early in your hiring process. Ensure that you’re satisfied with those answers, what services they offer, what the price and time estimate is for the job, etc. Moving forward if unsatisfied with any of those will only lead to frustration down the line.


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