Electrical Contractor Red Flags

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If your electrical system malfunctions, you will need to call an electrician to fix the problem as soon as possible. Although you will naturally want to get the issue repaired right away, you should still take the time to vet each candidate before you decide who to hire. Unfortunately, not every electrical contractor is equally honest, so it’s important to watch out for red flags. In this article, our team at Strategic Electrical Solutions Inc. will go over a few warning signs to watch out for when comparing contractors.

Electrical Contractor Red Flags

  • Excessive Jargon – All professions have their own specific vocabulary. Using industry terms allows professionals to communicate with each other more efficiently, as they can use fewer words to describe complicated situations. However, a good electrical contractor will be able to drop the jargon and explain the problem in everyday language everyone can understand. If a contractor overloads you with specialized vocabulary and can’t or won’t give you the simplified version, that’s a red flag.
  • Demand Full Payment Upfront – Another red flag to watch out for when selecting an electrical contractor is a demand to be paid in full upfront. Reputable electrical contractors like us never demand 100% payment before the work is complete—instead, we will ask for a down payment to cover the costs of materials, then negotiate a payment plan for the rest of the amount.
  • Lowball Quotes – Conversely, it’s also a red flag when an electrical contractor gives you an unusually low quote for the project. In our experience, contractors who offer exceedingly low prices like this can’t be depended upon to do quality work. Instead, look for a contractor who knows the value of their labor and charges a fair price for it.

Don’t ignore the red flags – choose a contractor who you can trust to be honest, professional, and who has your best interests in mind. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a service.