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How much should I expect to pay for an electrician?

March, 28th, 2016

As a homeowner it is important for you to understand how electrical jobs are priced so that you don’t get overcharged for the work you need done. Having a basic knowledge of what all is or should be included in a quote will help you in making sure you aren’t overpaying.

When an electrician gives you a quote for a job, you need to review it closely to see what all is included in the price. Look for the following:

  • Labor costs
  • Cost of permits
  • Materials and supply costs
  • Any needed sub-contractors
  • Equipment rentals

Be sure that the labor costs include information on whether things such as overtime, working weekends, or the job taking longer that written can increase the labor cost and by how much.

Permits are very important. Be sure the bid states whether you have to obtain the permits yourself or if the electrician is responsible for getting all needed permits. Without the proper permits, certain governmental agencies can stop or delay the progress of the work and can also impose fines for not having the right permits.

The cost of materials and supplies can add up quick. This quote should be inclusive of all needed materials. As with all costs, there needs to be written disclosures that pertain to the cost of needed materials and supplies that come up after the job is started.

If the electrical contractor will need sub-contractors to complete the job, that cost needs to be written in the contract so that there are no surprises.

Generally electrical contractors have all the equipment the need. However, if the job is unique a special piece of equipment may be needed. Be sure to ask about the needed equipment so that you are assured of its necessity.

No matter what the job is, it is important for you to have a basic understanding of what you are getting into. Be sure that the contract mandates that the contractor get written permission for any additional expenses prior to incurring them, and if written permission is not obtained the additional expenses fall on the contractor, not the homeowner.

If you are in need of an honest, professional electrician, call Corley Plumbing Air Electric at 864-416-7492 today.As a homeowner it is important for you to understand how electrical jobs are priced so that you don’t get overcharged for the work you need done. Having a basic knowledge of what all is or should be included in a quote will help you in making sure you aren’t overpaying.

When an electrician gives you a quote for a job, you need to review it closely to see what all is included in the price. Look for the following:

  • Labor costs
  • Cost of permits
  • Materials and supply costs
  • Any needed sub-contractors
  • Equipment rentals

Be sure that the labor costs include information on whether things such as overtime, working weekends, or the job taking longer that written can increase the labor cost and by how much.

Permits are very important. Be sure the bid states whether you have to obtain the permits yourself or if the electrician is responsible for getting all needed permits. Without the proper permits, certain governmental agencies can stop or delay the progress of the work and can also impose fines for not having the right permits.

The cost of materials and supplies can add up quick. This quote should be inclusive of all needed materials. As with all costs, there needs to be written disclosures that pertain to the cost of needed materials and supplies that come up after the job is started.

If the electrical contractor will need sub-contractors to complete the job, that cost needs to be written in the contract so that there are no surprises.

Generally electrical contractors have all the equipment the need. However, if the job is unique a special piece of equipment may be needed. Be sure to ask about the needed equipment so that you are assured of its necessity.

No matter what the job is, it is important for you to have a basic understanding of what you are getting into. Be sure that the contract mandates that the contractor get written permission for any additional expenses prior to incurring them, and if written permission is not obtained the additional expenses fall on the contractor, not the homeowner.

If you are in need of an honest, professional electrician, call Corley Plumbing Air Electric at 864-416-7492 today.