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Important Factors To
Consider When Choosing
A Qualified Electrician
Introduction
• There are currently more than 78,000 licensed electricians
working in the country. These individuals generate over $5
billion in revenue each year.
• These professionals are responsible for installing, repairing
and maintaining the electrical systems in homes, businesses
and industrial facilities.
• Choosing a contractor from this large workforce can be
difficult. There are several points to consider that will make it
easier to choose a qualified professional.
Previous Experience
• Part of finding a qualified professional involves asking
questions during one or more interviews. Some of the most
important questions should be about previous work
experience.
• It is best to choose someone who has worked on multiple jobs
in the past.
• This provides experience that allows the technician to avoid
any number of potential problems.
Previous Experience
• It is also important to ask what
type of work was mainly
performed during past jobs. It is
helpful to choose a professional
who has worked on similar
projects.
• This is especially true for people
who need electrical work
completed in a commercial
property.
Licensing
• It is important to hire an electrician that has earned a license.
The process of acquiring a license involves taking a number of
tests and then working with other professionals for a certain
amount of time.
• It is the most basic qualification that any person should have
before performing electrical work in a building.
Licensing
• Contractors who do not hold a license should be avoided since
unlicensed work could invalidate insurance policies or
warranties.
• Additionally, a person without a valid license is not allowed to
perform work professionally as a contractor.
References
• A qualified professional electrician will have a few references
for potential clients.
• References serve several important functions. References will
help to confirm the work history of the technician.
• A reference will also know exactly how the completed work
functioned in the months or years after the job.
References
• A reference might be able to answer questions about the
personality, work habits and customer service policies of the
contractor that are not always obvious during an initial
interview.
• It is sometimes helpful to visit references when choosing
between different contractors. Looking at fixtures or other
systems could show the quality of the work.
Contracts
• It is important to choose a professional for electrical work
who uses a contract.
• Hiring an electrician based on nothing more than a verbal
agreement or a handshake could create problems when the
final invoice arrives.
• A contract lists every part of the job that must be completed
including information about what happens if problems occur.
Contracts
• The document allows the client to
calculate predictable rates as the
work progresses.
• Additionally, a contract usually
defines any warranties and
guarantees on the work. This is very
important in case unexpected
problems occur after the technician
has left.
Schedule
• The schedule of the electrician should be considered before
making a decision about who to hire. Some professionals have
strict schedules or must juggle time between several different
jobs.
• This could cause a job to take much longer than expected
because the contractor cannot arrive during a convenient
time.
• Business owners and homeowners will want to discuss
scheduling before signing a contract in order to make certain
that no conflicts will occur.

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Tips To Hiring A Qualified Electrical Technician

  • 1. Important Factors To Consider When Choosing A Qualified Electrician
  • 2. Introduction • There are currently more than 78,000 licensed electricians working in the country. These individuals generate over $5 billion in revenue each year. • These professionals are responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining the electrical systems in homes, businesses and industrial facilities. • Choosing a contractor from this large workforce can be difficult. There are several points to consider that will make it easier to choose a qualified professional.
  • 3. Previous Experience • Part of finding a qualified professional involves asking questions during one or more interviews. Some of the most important questions should be about previous work experience. • It is best to choose someone who has worked on multiple jobs in the past. • This provides experience that allows the technician to avoid any number of potential problems.
  • 4. Previous Experience • It is also important to ask what type of work was mainly performed during past jobs. It is helpful to choose a professional who has worked on similar projects. • This is especially true for people who need electrical work completed in a commercial property.
  • 5. Licensing • It is important to hire an electrician that has earned a license. The process of acquiring a license involves taking a number of tests and then working with other professionals for a certain amount of time. • It is the most basic qualification that any person should have before performing electrical work in a building.
  • 6. Licensing • Contractors who do not hold a license should be avoided since unlicensed work could invalidate insurance policies or warranties. • Additionally, a person without a valid license is not allowed to perform work professionally as a contractor.
  • 7. References • A qualified professional electrician will have a few references for potential clients. • References serve several important functions. References will help to confirm the work history of the technician. • A reference will also know exactly how the completed work functioned in the months or years after the job.
  • 8. References • A reference might be able to answer questions about the personality, work habits and customer service policies of the contractor that are not always obvious during an initial interview. • It is sometimes helpful to visit references when choosing between different contractors. Looking at fixtures or other systems could show the quality of the work.
  • 9. Contracts • It is important to choose a professional for electrical work who uses a contract. • Hiring an electrician based on nothing more than a verbal agreement or a handshake could create problems when the final invoice arrives. • A contract lists every part of the job that must be completed including information about what happens if problems occur.
  • 10. Contracts • The document allows the client to calculate predictable rates as the work progresses. • Additionally, a contract usually defines any warranties and guarantees on the work. This is very important in case unexpected problems occur after the technician has left.
  • 11. Schedule • The schedule of the electrician should be considered before making a decision about who to hire. Some professionals have strict schedules or must juggle time between several different jobs. • This could cause a job to take much longer than expected because the contractor cannot arrive during a convenient time. • Business owners and homeowners will want to discuss scheduling before signing a contract in order to make certain that no conflicts will occur.