Handy Tips for choosing your contractor
Check the License
Electrical Contractors must hold a current, valid license to work in Nova
Scotia. Ask to see the electrician's pocket license and another form of
identification. The name on the pocket license should be the same as the
electrician (or the name of the business). Remember, it is illegal for an
electrician to use another electrician's license, just as it is illegal for
someone to use another's driver's license.
Ask the electrical contractor for local references. Call to see if they were
satisfied with the work. A reputable electrical contractor will be proud
to list their references. If possible, visit a job in progress to see how
the contractor works. Talk to the customer about work habits, costs, and
the contractor's level of cooperation. Find out if the electrical contractor
has maintained the work schedule and honored the terms of the contract.
Is the Electrical Contractor Insured?
In Nova Scotia, the law requires workers compensation insurance coverage
for licensed electrical contractors. Ask the contractor if his company is
insured against property damage, and personal liability in case of accidents.
Ask to see a copy of the certificate of insurance (or ask for the name of
your electrical contractor's insurance carrier and agency) to verify that
the contractor has insurance.
Get Competitive Bids
Do not automatically accept the electrical contractor with the lowest price.
First, make sure all bids are based on the same set of service and equipment
specifications. Discuss the bids in detail with each contractor and make
sure you understand the reasons for variations in price. A higher price may
be your lowest overall cost if the materials used are of higher quality or
the work is more complete.
Beware of a bid that is substantially lower than others. It indicates the
electrical contractor has made a mistake or is not including all of the work
(and/or material) quoted by competitors. You are sure to have a dispute with
an electrical contractor if you accept a low bid based on an error or