Finding electrical contractors is an easy job, right? All you have to do is call around a bit, set up some meetings for an estimate and then compare pricing and customer service. Unfortunately, choosing the right Viva | Huntersville NC contractor can be a rather intensive job that can quickly leave you in information overload. Choosing a contractor may not be such an easy task. One contractor may have a seemingly higher level of polish and customer service, while another is a bit rougher, but came to you by way of reference. How do you decide which is the better choice? By doing your due diligence and following through on reference checks, you can find the contractor that is perfect for the job.
Here are a few warning signs that a contractor is substandard:
They ask you to pull a permit
Your electrical contractor should never insist that you pull a permit or say that a particular permit is not necessary. If you are not sure whether or not a permit is needed, call the building inspector in your area to find out what permits you will need to complete the job that you have in mind. This is a good thing to do even before you start the process of finding a contractor. Being asked by a contractor to pull a permit can be a sign that your chosen contractor does not have the license required to do the work properly.
They don’t return phone calls and turn up late to work
One of the biggest complaints that people have about contractors is that they leave the job without fully finishing a job. This happens with large and small jobs alike. Poor electrical contractors will be bad at returning phone calls. They also have the habit of showing up late, leaving early and working sporadically. This can leave to missing deadlines or a contractor who just stops showing up after they get their check.
The contractor does not give you a full contract
Another sign that your contractor may not have the skills and professional mindset to complete your job properly is that they do not provide a full contract. A full contract should include everything that will, and will not be completed in detail. If a quote or other assessment is very vague, you should be worried that the work they do will match. When choosing an electrical contractor, you should choose someone who is not afraid to tell you exactly what they will and will not be doing throughout the process.