What is an Electrical Contractor?
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Electrical Contractors

What is an Electrical Contractor?

An electrical contractor is one step above a licensed electrician. Once you become an electrician, you then need to spend a certain number of hours (at least 2,000 in most states) working under the direction of a master electrician. After this, you too can take your master’s exam and get your master electrician’s license which helps you qualify as an electrical contractor.

Someone with this level of knowledge not only installs the usual electric systems and repairs electrical problems, they usually work hand in hand with building contractorson large jobs. They will help design lighting for a certain type of ambience, make suggestions, and they will be able to provide eco-friendly and energy efficient solutions and products.

Depending on the job at hand, you may not need to hire a full fledged contractor. If the lights in your garage have stopped working, for instance, you will be fine with calling a licensed electrician. However, if you are going to be doing some serious remodeling, and that remodeling includes lighting, segregating areas, outdoor lighting, pool lighting, or even ripping down walls and ceilings to add or change lighting, you need an experienced electrical contractor

Think of them as the electrical manager for your household. Along with installing eco-friendly recessed lighting in your library or office, they will also be able to go through your entire home to suggest energy savings, find trouble spots that could causes surges through appliances, TVs, computers, etc., and make your home safer.

If your project is large, the contractor will hire additional help. These are either his present employees, or he will find subcontractors with whom he has probably worked in the past.

Even electricians can specialize. Some contractors prefer whole house remodels, others like outdoor projects instead. If their advertisement doesn’t specific, ask when you call.

One really cool advantage to hiring a real contractor is that they get unbelievable discounts on lighting fixtures. That chandelier you saw for $5,000 can probably be purchased by your contractor for a good 20% less. If you do want new fixtures, make sure you ask the contractors as you collect your estimates what type of arrangement they might have for discounted products.

Before you decide, however, make sure you understand if you live in a state that mandates the use of “union” electricians. If you are forced into using a union electrician (or plumber, etc.) your fees will skyrocket and your project could take longer simply because union employees take breaks, take lunches, and work set hours each day. No “overtime” favors without being paid.

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