The first thing you should remember before taking anyone in working on your project is to never hire an electrician with no license. To make sure that an electrician in Toronto is qualified, ask if he or she has a state license with permission to operate. Another thing you should as is an insurance policy for the residential electrician to make sure all projects done by them will be properly compensated in case of damage or injury. A copy of these proofs must be requested before scheduling your first estimate with the company. This will give you peace of mind and assurance that the team you will be hiring knows the safety techniques and standards required.
If you are considering a certain company for the project you have, it is advisable that you ask the contractor for references of the previous clients they have – preferably one with projects done similar to the one you want to hire them for. These references will give you an idea of the quality of work they have done, the work ethics of the workers, as well as get unbiased reviews from previous clients. It is also important that you do some background checks online on the electrician or the company you plan to hire to see customer reviews and opinions regarding their services.
Ask in writing for the estimate and the time frame of the job. A qualified electrician will know how to give an appropriate estimate and an accurate timeline for the job required. You should also know that there are permits required before doing any major electrical renovations which can be procured from the local building department. The building inspector will need to sign the permits for the electrical works to make sure that they will meet the standards required.
A qualified electrician can do a variety of electrical projects ranging from simple repairs to commercial projects while there are some who specializes in more advanced area such as machines used in certain businesses and industries. Depending on the project that needs to be done, the specialty of the contractor must match the job description to make sure that it will be done efficiently.
If you are uncertain of whom to hire then you could ask for recommendations from friends and family members. There are also association where you can inquire regarding your local home builders and have them recommend various electricians fit for your project, the timeframe it needs to be done, the requirements you need and the budget you are willing to spend.