The Pitfalls of Using An Unlicensed Electrical Contractor

Meeting Local Municipal Code Provisions

When considering new bathroom construction or a bath remodeling project, one of the most important aspects is that the electrical portion of the work meets the code.

While many homeowners do some of the electrical work themselves, it is wise to enlist the services of a licensed electrical contractor. Improper installation can wreak havoc on your property with fire or injury.

Electrical wiring, circuit boxes, and fixtures can represent a severe hazard if not properly assembled and installed, so it is extremely important to select a qualified electrical contractor for your next renovation project.

Just so that you are aware, most local building authorities require that even residential electrical wiring meet local municipal code provisions.

An inspection of your electrical wiring must be performed upon completion of construction work before your bathroom drywall is installed, and a certificate of inspection provided by the inspector or licensed electrician should be acquired before you proceed further.

So the question still remains, how do you find the right contractor. Here is a short list you can use when hiring an electrical contractor. Just make sure they meet these guidelines: One of the first things that your electrical contractor should do is provide a written quote for the price of the work they will be doing so if there is any discrepancy with the final price you can refer back to the written binding contract.

This one should go without saying, the proof is in pudding. Your contractor should provide references of completed projects, and proof of current liability insurance. If he or she refuses to do so then thank them for their time and quickly walk away.

Ability to Work in Your Locale Does Matter

Another thing that we should mention that most home owners sometimes forget to ask is whether or not their electrical contractor is actually licensed to work in their locality. They may have all the qualifications, but if they are not cleared to work locally, then the legal issues that may arise if something goes wrong is just not worth the hassle.

Before any work begins make sure they are able to obtain the necessary permits and application for inspection. It’s also a good idea to get it in writing that they will provide the signed certificate of inspection upon completion or your bath renovation project.

So you have selected a contractor, what’s next. Well for starters, when drawing up the reno contract, make sure to include comprehensive information on the project parameters such as start and finish dates, specifications of fixtures and materials, and an outlined detailed payment plan.

Based upon traditional contractor terms, they will usually ask from 10 to 33 percent of the project cost in advance as the initial down payment to start your remodeling project.

Co-ordination is the key to a smooth transition from project to project. Believe it or not, timing the inspection process to coincide with the beginning or end of other things that need to be done in your bathroom will help to speed up the whole renovation process.

Because wiring, circuit boxes, and fixtures must meet electrical codes and be inspected previous to other aspects of your refurbishment project can be completed, it is always a good idea to meet with all the other contractors on the project when planning and scheduling specific work tasks.

Approach any household electrical work with caution and respect. Finding a qualified electrical professional will not only protect your bathroom home investment, but it will also insulate you from legal and safety issues that may arise if you select an unqualified person for the job.

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