FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Electricians, New Jersey
What should I consider when hiring an electrician?Electrical work should not be performed by a handyman but by a New Jersey Licensed Electrician. You can verify license data at New Jersey Consumer Affairs for electricians and for electricical contractor businesses. Some New Jersey municipalities and counties require their own licenses. Find out if the electrician has the insurance that you need (more on that below.)
Ask the right questions. Do you warranty your work? What is the price for all the work to be performed? If it will be necessary to cut into walls, ceilings or floors, exactly what will be cut? Will you pull a permit if appropriate?
Check references. Make sure that all labor, materials and cost to pull permit are included in the quote. Once you have established the specs for the job, have qualified contractors bid on the same specs. The cheapest contractor isnt always the best value.
A general rule of thumb dont try to save money by buying electrical materials yourself if the electrician buys the material, he is responsible if it is the wrong product.
Can a Licensed & Insured Electrician Help Improve Safety and Lower My Energy Costs? In addition to the immediate task at hand, there are other important questions that you should ask a Licensed Electrical Contractor. Are the fixtures and wiring energy efficient and safe throughout my property? Could I save energy cost or improve safety by replacing obsolete fuse boxes, receptacles, wiring or fixtures?
Why Should I Hire Only a Licensed & Insured New Jersey Electrician?
Licensed electricians can pull permits. Damage or injury caused by a non-licensed electrician can result in denial of coverage. Electrical work is dangerous. OSHA reports almost 300 deaths and over 4,000 injuries per year per year due to electrical injuries.
Improper wiring or electrical work can cause fires and expensive property damage. Professional Property Managers won't assume the liability of hiring an uninsured Electrical contractor - smart homeowners don't either.
Bonding can cover costs of repairing problems caused by electrician error. Talk to your Insurance Agent about what you need to require from your electrical contractor.
The law requires that all New Jersey employers, not covered by Federal programs, have Workers Compensation coverage or be approved for self-insurance. To confirm your contractor's Workers Compensation in New Jersey, call 609-292-2515 or visit the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.