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7 Mandatory Questions You Can Ask Before Hiring an Electrician

Mandatory Questions You Can Ask Before Hiring an Electrician

It can be so frustrating when you turn on your electrical outlet only for it to let out a loud spark. Although the appliances may function optimally, chances are that something is amiss. And if you ignore those little signs, they could compound to become a serious electrical issue in your home.

As an observant and security-conscious homeowner, one of the things you can do when you have such electrical challenges is to call an electrician. Most of the time, you don’t know how to describe the issues you have. Even when you do, you are not so certain that the electrician is the right fit for the job.

Don’t worry anymore. In this article, I talk about the seven (7) most important questions to ask an electrician before allowing him to work on your home electrical outlets.

Question #1: What is Your Certification?

So, your electrical outlet sparked as you turned it on. After getting over the initial panic, you picked up your phone and looked up the electricians near you. With just a call, you contacted one of them and he agreed to come over.

In a few minutes, he shows up at your doorstep. Before letting the electrician into your house, ask for his certifications. This can save you a lot of trouble because you don’t want to hire an unlicensed electrician to work on your electrical outlets.

The licenses tend to vary by municipality and state. So, your best bet is to hire an electrician that possesses the relevant licenses and permits to operate in that location.

Here are some of the licenses:

Journeyman

A journeyman is a license issued to electricians that work only on installations of electrical appliances. Also, the holder of the license can be permitted to work alongside an electrician that holds the Master’s license.

Master Electrician

A Master Electrician can handle a variety of electrical jobs, including installation and design of electric features.

Regional and County Electricians

As the name suggests, these types of electricians are only limited to working on electric projects in specific regions or locations.

Question #2: What Training do You have for This Kind of Work?

Experience beats theory most of the time. Ask the electrician if he has any relevant experience or has taken any special training for that kind of job.

Asking for this gives you clarity on the type of electric-related job the electrician can handle. Also, you get to know the areas of specialty and see if they relate to the job at hand.

Question #3: Who will Handle this Project?

The chances are that the electrician you contacted is not the one to handle the job. For example, if you by chance called an Electrical Contractor, he may, in turn, call a Journeyman who specializes in installing electric features. Most of the time, the Journeyman works alongside the Electrical Contractor and the Master Electrician.

Question #4: What does the Job Require?

Asking this question helps you to get a heads-up on the things to expect during the phase of the job. For example, the electrician can tell you that the power needs to be turned off to avoid any interruptions in the course of fixing the damages.

Question #5: Is this Job Going to be Inspected?

Some electrical repairs are subject to inspections, especially by the City Inspector. For this reason, you want to be sure of whether a permit is required for it or not.

Typically, smaller electrical jobs like updating light fixtures may not require a permit. The electrician only needs to fix them in a few minutes.

However, if the job is going to take a lot of time and is a bit complex, it may require a permit.

Have in mind that it is not in your place as the homeowner to provide the permit. Rather, the electrician sees to that.

Question #6: What is Your Quotation for this Job?

Ask the electrician how much it is going to cost to get the job done. There is no harm in asking for a quotation, besides, you don’t want to hire an electrician that you cannot afford his services.

Things can be tricky here too. Your best bet is to make market research to get an idea of the rate or service fee to pay.

If the electrician charges higher than the required amount, it might be a good idea to discontinue negotiations because the electrician may be charging more than ought to. Likewise, don’t hire an electrician that charges below the recommended service fee because that could mean the person is unfamiliar with that kind of work. Thus, an average work may be the outcome at the end of the day.

Another question to ask here is what is covered by the service fee. Examples are:

  • Travel fees for the electrician
  • Cost of buying replacements parts to fix the damages.

Question #7: What is Your Warranty?

Last but not least is asking the electrician for a service guarantee. This is more like having the word that the job is done well and if there are any challenges, you can be sure of getting them fixed at no additional cost.

The electrician is also expected to assume responsibility for the durability of the replacement parts and fixtures on your devices.

Final Thoughts

Learn to ask your electrician questions before hiring. This can help you know what to expect from the electrician in terms of expertise and the cost of hiring his service. Good electricians are hard to find but with these questions, you can be able to sift through them all and pick the best man for your home electrical jobs.

Chukwukadibia Abah
CHUKWUKADIBIA ABAH is a passionate freelance writer and contributor to the Entrepreneur Business Blog. You can follow him on: Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/ChukwukadibiaAbah1/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Chukwukadibia01 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chukwukadibiaabah/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/chukwukadibia_abah

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