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Choosing the Right Electrical Contractor


Errors in electrical work aren’t just a hassle, they can be a serious threat to your business and your people. Vetting your contractors before you sign them won’t just help create a healthy professional relationship with them but give you peace of mind knowing you have the right team for the job. Before settling on the first contractor to show up in a Google search, make sure you ask these four questions.

May I Verify Your License and Insurance?

The first step to finding the right contractor is to make sure that they have the proper licensing and insurance for the task, in this case, electrical work. Just because they advertise themselves as being professionals, doesn’t mean they have the paperwork to back it up. Clear this up by asking for their credentials. Keep in mind that in Alberta, electrical contractors and electricians both require licensing.

Do You Have Specialized Experience?

Not all electricians have the same wheelhouse. For the most basic categorization, their experience can be divided into residential, commercial, and industrial projects. That being said, electrical aptitude will vary across industries. For example, the needs of an elementary school may look different than a chemical processing plant. It’s important to ask potential contractors if they have experience working with your specific needs.

What Do Previous Clients Have to Say?

Once you’ve verified credentials and past work experience, find out what their previous clients have to say. You can either do this by checking to see if they have a Better Business Bureau profile, performing a Google review search, or asking the contractor if they will provide references. This will give you an idea of what the company is like to work with.

Can You Provide a Detailed Quote?

At this point, you have probably narrowed down the list quite substantially. Now it’s time to crunch some numbers. Have your potential contractors provide a detailed quote on the job at hand. Once received, comb through it to ensure it is within your budget and meets all your needs.

Ask these questions when choosing an electrical contractor to help match your needs with the right professional. For commercial and residential work in the Calgary area, our team would love to be considered for the job! Contact us today and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have for your project.

Written by 4-Star Electric

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