Questions to Ask an Electrician Before Hiring

Ever wonder what you should be asking an electrician before you decide to hire them for your job?
Here are the top questions you should be asking any contractor you hire to work on your home, not just an electrician.

1. Are you licensed?

Electricians are required to be licensed in most states and municipalities, so don’t consider one who isn’t properly licensed.

2. What kind of work do you do most?

Like many contractors, electricians often specialize in one area or another. It is good to know that the electrician or any other contractor has experience in the project before hiring them.

3. What does your estimate include?

In addition to pricing structure, be sure to discuss incidentals, like repairing drywall and other things affected by the electrical work. Chances are, you’ll be responsible for them, however, knowing is the most important thing.

4. Do I need a permit? Who will obtain it?

A permit ensures electrical work will be checked by a city inspector-an important safeguard for homeowners. It’s standard for electricians (not homeowners) to pull permits.

Like any other expert, like a doctor, plumber, or auto mechanic, a trusted electrician is a valuable member of household maintenance team. As you review the list of electrician questions; keep in mind you also want someone who will explain what he is doing and why, one who will help you understand the essentials of your system. Ideally, the electrician you hire now will be a good source to call for emergencies and other projects down the road.


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  • My wife and I need to hire an electrician to help us wire up the lights in our basement but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you suggest discussing the pricing and incidentals like repairing the drywall. We’ll be sure to check who is responsible for these types of damages if they occur. Thanks for sharing!


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