Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Electrician

If you are doing a home remodel or need electrical repairs, who are you going to call? An electrician! They can do several projects, including installing a ceiling fan, updating an electrical panel, adding an outlet, and putting in a light fixture. Here are what questions to ask before hiring an electrician, which will help you pick the right one and ensure you have a quality experience

The Electrician Cost Factor

Make sure you factor in the costs before you hire an electrician.  A highly-skilled electrician with proper equipment will likely charge more. Don’t try to save money by hiring an inexperienced but less expensive professional. A trained electrician will also get the job done faster.

Take a look at travel charges as well. Many electricians add an extra fee to cover their travel expenses. Determine what works best for you and your budget. A professional who charges more for travel but has a lower hourly rate can save you money on longer jobs. For shorter jobs, a higher hourly rate is best if it includes travel costs.

You can also save money and time by bundling jobs together. When your electrical “to-do” list starts to grow, call an electrician.

How to Interview an Electrician

There are some key questions you will want to ask an electrician before you hire them.

Electrician Legal Requirements

Almost every state requires an electrician to be bonded, licensed and insured. A bond will protect you financially if claims of fraud or misconduct are made against the electrician. Make sure the electrician is properly licensed to do the job. Insurance protects your home if something goes wrong during the electrical project, or after the work is done.

Ask for References

Get at least three references and ask those customers about their experience. Do this even if the electrician comes highly recommended.

Electrician Work Experience

Find out what kind of training and experience an electrician has had. There are different levels of electrical certification. Make sure your electrician has specific experience for the job you want done. Also, determine what type of projects they are most familiar with. Some electricians focus on smaller residential projects, while others prefer larger commercial jobs.

Ask about Subcontractors

Electricians typically do the job themselves, but sometimes subcontractors are necessary for larger projects. Ask how many subcontractors they plan to bring in, how long they have known them, and if their liability insurance covers subcontractors.

Permits and Inspections

These may be necessary for larger electrical projects. Most highly rated contractors will schedule inspections and take care of the permits for you.

Work Schedule/Warranty

Find out what work schedule you can expect from the electrician. Ask how long the job will take, daily start and stop times, and what happens in case of a delay.  Also, determine what type of guarantee or warranty is offered.

Preparing for the Electrician

Get yourself prepared to save time. Thoroughly describe your needs to your contractor. Prepare a list of specific items you want serviced. Make sure the electrician can get to the electrical panel box and easily access work areas.  Move your stuff out of the way. If you have questions about the project, ask them before the work begins. Be prepared for power outages. Find out how you can pay for the job.

Contact Us for all of Your Electrical Needs

The folks at CKElectric can handle all of your electrical projects, big or small! We can help you with electrical upgrades, repairs and wiring. We serve Sykesville, Eldersburg, Frederick, and all of Central Maryland. Call us at 443-920-3078 or email us at  We are happy to serve you!