If you are in the process of building a new house, then one of the most important decisions you will make is deciding what kind of generator to install. The same is true for current homeowners as well. Generators are necessary for many reasons, such as power outages and natural disasters. However, there are many different options on generators, that it can be challenging to choose which one is best for your situation. This blog post will discuss strategies you should follow when hiring an electrical contractor to get precisely what you need.
The first step in hiring an electrical contractor for your new generator is to do your research. Searching online and asking friends, family members, or colleagues who have had a generator installed before are two good resources for finding qualified contractors.
Once you’ve found three or four potential candidates, you should interview them and find a quality one by following the following strategies:
- Prepare Your Questions
Before your meeting, make sure to have a list of questions that will help narrow down which contractor is right for you. You should ask about their experience in installing generators and offering warranties on installation work or parts installed during construction. Ask them how long it takes from start-to time finish when working with other contractors who are doing different aspects such as excavation/foundation preparation, electrical wiring inside walls, etc., so there are no surprises later. Be clear, upfront, and determine whether this person needs an operating license by state law since some states require one while others don’t need any qualification at all. Finally, be specific. Find out things such as do they provide customer service after hours? Can they be reached easily via phone?
The electrician should be able to provide references. If they are unable or unwilling, it may indicate a lack of professionalism and competence, which is not something you want in your home when dealing with electrical work! The potential contractor must have legitimate referrals from people who can speak about how well this person does business as an indication for what type of service one might expect if hired by themself too – so ask around before making any decisions here (or anywhere else).
- Customer Reviews
References are essential, and so are the reviews previous customers have written about the potential electrician. One of the first things to check is, do they have a website or social media pages? If so, what are the customers saying about them? What’s their star rating? What’s important is to check that friends of theirs don’t just post these reviews. You should check their Google Reviews, as well as any other major review platforms. We do, however, recommend that you do not check yelp. Yelp is notorious for leaving negative reviews if the business owner does not want to pay yelp for ads. So for all intents and purposes, yelp should always be avoided when searching for anything really.
- Get Quotes
Get a written estimate from at least four contractors. The estimate should include the cost of labor, materials, and any other fees. The contractor you choose to work with will make a more accurate quote after they have inspected your property in person, so this must be done before making an appointment for them to come out on site.
- Research Requirements
Research your local licensing requirements for electrical contractors in your area before you hire one. Live in a state like California, for example. The licensing requirements are strict, and there is no reciprocity with other states; your contractor must have their license before they start work on-site to avoid any issues down the line.
It’s essential to negotiate the project’s price, terms, and time frame before hiring an electrical contractor. It’s necessary to know your budget and how much time they will need on-site for this particular job so that there are no surprises down the line. Cost overruns or delays in completing work due to a lack of resources from their side could have been avoided if you negotiated these details beforehand with them. Such things can be worked out during negotiation sessions. Both parties come together at one table instead of having all communication happen over email back-and-forth between two different parties without any misunderstandings.
- Proposal Review
Once you’ve received a proposal, you must review it thoroughly before you make a decision. It’s crucial that when you receive a proposal that you understand what you and the contractor agree with before signing off on anything or making any payments upfront to avoid being taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors looking only out of their interests. Failure to read everything twice can lead to some very costly mistakes down the line when things don’t go as planned because there was no clear understanding from both parties at first about expectations in the future.
While the 7 tips we provided above may not cover every situation, it’s a great starting point for most homeowners. Let us know what other things you may have done when hiring a contractor or installing solar in your house.