Q: How do I find a good electrician?
A: When hiring any contractor, it is a good idea to interview several, and do your homework. Also, be sure to check that their license is in good standing with the state: https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/licensing/licensing.aspx
You may also want to ask for references from previous customers and search the Better Business Bureau’s site to see if they have any complaints. At: http://minnesota.bbb.org/
To help you choose the
best contractor, the following is a list of questions you may also want to ask before hiring any electrician:
Is the company licensed?
Is the company insured?
Are employees covered by workers compensation?
Will they pull a permit for your job (in order to have an inspector check the job to make sure it meets code, you will need to have a permit. A legitimate contractor will pull your permits through their company; they should NOT ask the homeowner to pull a homeowner’s permit)?
Are all workers on the job licensed or registered with the state(all electricians are required to carry their license or registration card on their person at all times – ask to see their license when they show up at your job)?
Are employees paid on commission (some companies charge a trip fee in order to give you an estimate, and then try to sell you electrical work that you don’t necessarily need. You might find you’re talking to more of a salesman than an electrician)?
What kind of warranty do they offer?
Will they give you a written proposal (this should be a detailed description of the work that will be done, outlining exactly what is and is not included)?
Will they need money up front (beware of any contractor who asks for more than 10% up front)?
Who is the company’s Master Electrician and what is his/her title (This question is important, because some Master Electricians are not involved in the daily operations of the company)?