The electrical contractor you hire is an essential element of the success – of failure – of a project. Finding the right contractor for the job will directly impact the amount of time it takes to complete the project, as well as the quality of work provided. It will also impact the financial and emotional stress you will have to deal with.
In order to ensure you are getting the best possible results from any contractor, be sure to ask the right questions. Some questions to ask are found here. Remember to listen how the potential contractor answers you questions. If they have issues communicating, it will likely impact the job negatively at some point.
Will they itemize their bid?
There are some contractors who will prefer to provide you with a bottom-line, single price for the project; however, this is going to leave you in the dark regarding what they are charging for each part of the job. For example, if your original plans call for new lighting fixtures in the bathroom, but you later decide not to go with new fixtures, just updated wiring, how do you know what the price difference is? If they provide a single price for the entire job, you will have no idea what you are being charged for.
Itemized estimates also make it easier to compare various prices from different contractors. This allows you to see where you may be able to cut some costs, as well.
Is the bid a fixed price or estimate?
There are some contractors who offer a bid as an estimate, which means the bills may wind up being higher in the long run. It is essential that you request a fixed price instead. If they claim they are unable to offer this type of bid due to unknowns in the project, try to eliminate these. If you are unable to resolve all the unknowns, then you can have the contractor describe what they have plans to do.
Taking the time to find the right contractor will pay off in the long run. It will ensure that you get the results that you are looking for and that all the electrical work that is done is up to code and does not pose any type of hazard or risk to you or to your home. To learn more about electric service and why it is so important to hire a professional, contact the team from Gavin Electric.