Top 10 Questions You Should Ask When Hiring a Contractor 

  • By Josh Morphew
  • 20 Mar, 2017

Some of the greatest lessons are learned through the experience of other people. As commercial electrical contractors , we have heard some horror stories about contractor encounters gone bad. Based on some of the stories that our clients have shared with us, developed the following set of questions you might want to ask before hiring your next contractor:

1.  Will you provide me with recent references I can speak with? Ideally, references should be from clients in a similar industry or type of situation.

2.  Ask for a certificate of insurance coverage and validate it. We are constantly amazed by how few people ask us for this information.

3.  For licensed trades, check the status of their license. In Oklahoma, the Construction Industries Board regulates licensed trades and provides a free online tool here .

4.  Ask if the project requires permitting.

5.  If the project requires permitting, what are other inspection issues that could arise? Sometimes a repair will require related items to be brought up to code for the repaired item to pass inspection.

6.  Ask if you were to call the city inspector and ask about the contractor’s last job, what would they say? There is a good chance no one has ever asked them this question. Most city inspection departments are relatively small, and inspectors may tell you how often they have to re-inspect work for a specific contractor.

7.  Ask if the electrical contractor completes background checks and drug tests on employees. Follow up by asking how these tests are conducted. For instance, do they just conduct a casual Google search or do they pull a full OSBI check including sex offender? This is especially important for contractors working in child care and senior living centers.

8.  Ask about the size of the company – how many technicians do they employ? How many trucks do they have on the roads to service their clients?

9.  Ask how long they have been in business under the current name and location? It’s important to hire a contractor who has been in business for a long time as new business have an 80% failure rate in the first 5 years. If the contractor has a warranty on their work, will they be around to honor that?

10.Ask if their technicians wear uniforms. This allows for easy identification and is a sign the contractor takes pride in their brand.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list. If there are questions you’ve found helpful to ask, please comment below and share them with other business decision makers.

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