How to Choose the Best Electrical Contractor for Your Project

The time has come to update your property’s electrical systems.

There are a million different contractors to choose from, so it can be difficult to pick the right one.

There are a few things you need to consider when choosing an electrical contractor.

Here are Nooter’s tips on how to choose the best electrical contractor for your project.

Make Sure The Contractor Is Licensed And Insured

When looking for an electrical contractor, it is important to make sure that they are licensed and insured. This will protect you in case of any accidents or damages that may occur during the project.

Being licensed and insured means that the contractor you are seeking is:

  1. Liable for their damages
    1. You are protected from risks if you hire only insured contractors who have both worker’s compensation and general liability policies.
  2. They are credible
    1. Licenses and insurance indicate your contractor is legitimate and committed to the long term. It shows that they care about quality.
  3. They produce quality work
    1. Obtaining a license requires that you have proper insurance, a minimum level of competency, and the willingness to take responsibility for your work. A licensed contractor may lose his or her license if he or she fails to do the job properly.
  4. Lower costs in the long-term
    1. Someone who is insured may cost more at the time of the job, but they are usually cheaper afterward. Why? It is more likely that an uninsured, unqualified contractor will make mistakes that must be corrected later. If the contractor does not have adequate insurance, you will be responsible for any injuries or property damage.
  5. Protect the value of your property
    1. Unlicensed contractors who fail to obtain a permit must disclose this information to future buyers. Licensed vendors will also provide a greater return on investment when it comes time to sell your property


Find Out How Long They’ve Been In Business

Some business owners go with their instinct, but we think your list of qualifications must have something other than gut feel.  A good electrical contractor can be hard to find. The first step is researching how long they have been in business. You want to make sure that they have experience and know what they are doing so that you don’t end up with problems down the road.

It is easier to make adjustments mid-project when you have an electrical contractor with experience who keeps everyone on schedule. In case of unforeseen hiccups, this can be helpful. It will, however, be easier to resolve these hurdles when you are working with an experienced contractor.

Check The Qualifications/Certifications Of Their Labor Force

The work performed by an electrician with specific qualifications and certifications will be of a high standard and quality. If you’re a customer, you should be aware of this. Choosing an electrician who is certified is just as important as choosing one who is licensed.

Are they union? If so, know that you’re in good hands. For union members to even qualify for employment, they must be licensed and certified. Using a union contractor that pulls talent from an electrical union will reassure you that the craftspeople on your jobsite take their work seriously.

Check Their Reputation/Track Record

When hiring a contractor, a good reputation is crucial. Your project’s outcome is greatly influenced by the contractor’s reputation. A contractor’s ability to deliver quality work and resolve any issues that may arise after the project is complete is vitally important.

Checking a professional’s online reputation is one of the best ways to ensure that they are a true professional. You can learn what kind of service to expect from a company based on reviews from past customers. Before making a decision, do some research online.

  1. Check their website
  2. Check their social profiles
  3. Look at reviews

Ask your trusted peers about the contractor you are seeking. Chances are, someone they know has worked with them in the past.

Do you have a large electrical project coming up?  The team at Nooter has over 126 years of experience delivering value to our client’s projects around the world.

Contact Nooter today!

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