4 Questions to Ask Before You Hire Any Electrical Contractor:

Posted on December 7, 2010

Often when home owners need to get a electrical renovation done they lack the know-how of the ‘right’ questions to ask electrical contractors.   well, here is a quick list of 4 major questions you need to electricians before making a hiring decision.

  1. Do you have an ESA contractors licence? (and ask to see it) ESA stands for the “Electrical Safety Authority”.  All licensed electricians in Ontario should belong to this Assosciation.  It helps electrical contractors stay up to date on new Ontario Electrical Safety Codes.  If fact, All electrical work requires a Certificate of Inspection from the Electrical Safety Authority in Ontario.
  2. How long have you been in business? This question is often over-looked.  I know for a fact after being involved in home renovations and being a licensed contractor for over 30 years, that I bring a lot more to the table.  Experience is very important when having electrical work done.
  3. Can you give me a written estimate of the cost of the job? never ever except a verbal estimate.  It’s the contractors word against yours and any electrical contractor who has enough experience should be able to give you a written estimate of expected costs  associated with your electrical renovation. Not only that, but you want to make sure the estimate gives very specific details as to to the work to be completed.  Make sure you are 100% clear on the work that needs to be completed.
  4. What are the payment arrangements? Never ever pay for a job upfront.  Any electrical contractor requesting, just say, “thanks, but no thanks” and run the other way.  Now what is standard by most electrical contractors is a deposit and depending on how large the renovation is you may need to break payments into sections as each step is completed. Again deposits are fine, but never pay the total cost until the job has been satisfactorily completed.

If you follow the above steps while searching for a electrical contractor, then you should be able to make a very educated decision on which electrician is best for your reno.

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Super Job!

Ireton Electric master electrician Dave Ireton took care of some dimmer and circuit issues for us. He came recommend by a friend who had extensive renos done to his house. Dave is very professional, timely, tidy and communicates well. He had our issues sorted out in no time at all. Very highly recommended. We will use his services again when needed.

- Bob Kawecki from Ottawa