What Is an Electrical Contractor?
Gone are the days when fresh food, pure water, clean air, and shelter were the basic requirements of a human being. As any native would be quick to point out, we should add “electricity” to the list of basic essentials needed to lead a good life.
In order to protect your family from electricity related hazards, it is important that you hire the services of an experienced electrical contractor to ensure that all your home wiring is safely installed.
The term electrical contractor refers to a firm or a business person who performs specialized construction work which is related to the design, installation, and maintenance of electrical systems. Electrical contractors function as project managers or coordinators, ensuring compliance with all regulations dealing with the electrical systems.
Different types of electrical contractors
These professionals can be broadly classified into three categories based on the work they perform:
‘Outside’ or ‘line’ contractors are responsible for dealing with high-voltage power transmission and distribution lines.
Insider contractors’ job is to provide electricity to any structure within the boundary lines of a property.
Integrated building systems contractors deal with the installation, upgrade, and maintenance of low voltage lines.
The various tasks performed by these contractors include construction and renovation of new electrical systems, as well as modifying existing wiring, rewiring, upgrading electrical systems, or designing electrical systems for new buildings and constructions. All electrical contractors must be well aware of all regulations related to electrical installations in new and existing buildings.
These contractors are responsible for getting the electrical project completed within the given budget and timeframe. They also have to conduct research and find out about the changes in the electrical code before they start with any remodeling work. Electrical contractors are responsible for providing the estimates for a project and obtaining a permit for carrying out the work on the customer’s premises.
A quick search on the internet and via the Yellow Pages will show you the names of hundreds of electrical contractors. There are a number of factors you should keep in mind before you hire one:
Verify how long a firm has been in business
Ask them for a written estimate
Read client testimonials and ask for client references
Check whether the electricians sent by these contractors are certified and are licensed
An experienced electrical contractor might not come cheap, but will provide you with true value for money by correctly inspecting and safely installing, as well as upgrading your home electrical circuits.