Home ownership comes with several difficult maintenance tasks, and some of those may fall outside of your comfort zone. If you have an electrical issue in your home that requires an extensive repair, there's no shame in seeking out a professional electrician to complete that task. It's important, however, that you stay informed about the process and engaged with what's happening.
Below, you'll find a guide to some questions that you should be sure to ask your electrician. Having the answers to these questions will allow you to have a great deal of comfort with the repairs being conducted, and can make sure you're in a position to be as well informed as possible.
Ask About Insurance
Electrical work affects one of the most important systems in your home, and can also be some of the most dangerous work. Even the most cautious electricians may run into issues if your system is seriously damaged, so making sure that all liabilities are covered is an important task.
Your electrician is sure to carry insurance with him or her that will provide you both with protection in the event of an on the job incident. Asking about this coverage and the way it may interact with your home owner's policy will allow you to be prepared for any eventualities.
Ask About Permits
Because your home's electrical system is likely directly plugged into a broader utility network, any electrical work is typically overseen by your local government. In many cases, you need to secure a permit before a major electrical overhaul, and you may face serious fines and penalties without one.
Make sure to ask your electrician about which of you will be responsible for securing the proper permits and, indeed, about whether or not a permit is necessary at all. Even if you believe you're simply hiring out for a minor repair, it can't hurt to make sure that you've fulfilled all of your necessary obligations.
Ask About Warranties
Even the most successful electricians may find themselves dealing with faults in completed work. Electrical systems are highly complex, and a fix in one area may reveal previously hidden damage in another. In order to make sure you're protected from any eventualities, you should ask your electrician about his or her warranty policy. Having a guarantee associated with their work will provide you with cost certainty as well as the confidence of knowing that any potential issues can be swiftly addressed