As a homeowner, there are a lot of DIY projects you feel confident enough to tackle on your own, from landscaping to painting to even installing appliances like a ceiling fan. However, when it comes to electrical work, it may not be the best idea to go it alone, no matter how easy the YouTube tutorial makes it seem. This is because electrical work is critical to your everyday life and can be dangerous when not done properly. That’s where Wolverine Electrical’s contractors come in.
When it comes time to choose a contractor in the Metro Detroit, Grand Rapids or Michiana area, here’s what to look and ask for to make sure the person you’re talking to is legit.
Ask About Education and Training
The most well-respected and trustworthy electrical contracting firms are up-to-date on critical best practices and industry compliance standards. This mainly involves the National Electrical Code, which is modified every three years to stay current. In addition, it’s also important to know what kind of continuing education the contractors receive and what kind of programs they’ve completed recently to be sure they know what they’re doing.
Similarly, Michigan requires electricians to apply for specific licenses to prove their expertise at various levels. You should make sure the lead contractor has attained at least a Master Electrician license and that everyone who may be involved in the work is also properly licensed.
Find the Right Scale of Contracting
One hurdle you may face when choosing a contractor is finding the right size company for your intended electrical work. Contractors can work on anything from single-family homes to massive development projects like skyscrapers and apartment complexes. Do at least a little research ahead of time so that you don’t waste your own time calling around to places that don’t perform work at the scale you’re requesting, whether simply installing a few new outlets or rewiring your home.
Verify Insurance Coverage
Contractors should provide the details of their insurance policy when quoting a project, including general liability coverage as well as workers’ compensation. Insurance should also be provided by subcontractors if they will be performing some of the work. This insurance protects you from having to pay for injuries that may be sustained on the job.
Ask About Warranties
Some electrical contractors provide warranties on the parts and/or labor of the job to, in essence, guarantee that the work they do will be quality and not need to be re-done by them or others. It’s another way you can be sure that your project will be completed correctly or you won’t have to pay for some or all of the work.
Electrical Contractors in Michigan
At Wolverine Electrical, we strive to be transparent, honest, and upfront with you about the cost and timeline of your projects, whether an emergency or scheduled upgrade to your home’s electrical systems. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us today to ask us any questions you may have about your project or our expertise, and we’ll be happy to answer you as quickly as possible. We are located in Niles, Clarkston and Grand Rapids, Michigan.