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5 Things Electricians Look for During an Estimate

  • Blue Collar Electricians
  • July 11, 2019

What are they going to charge me for now?

We’ve all felt that way when getting an estimate. When you don’t know the ins and outs of someone else’s trade, it’s easy to assume that they are walking around your home just looking for ways to squeeze a little more money out of your pockets. The more they look, the more it will cost. Even though most local electricians are hardworking, honest folks, it can still feel like an estimate is just a way to run up the tab before it’s time for us to cash out.
So, let’s remove some of the mystery.
Here are 5 things that are going through your electrician’s mind as he or she inspects your home. (Hint: None of them involve overcharging you!)

1. Is this job going to work for my team?

The last thing your electrician wants to do is get into a job that is too big for their resources. If it is out of the scope of what they can handle, they are thinking about what additional resources they would need to complete the project. Yes, in some cases that might mean additional charges, but this estimate is about finding that out ahead of time and not after the fact.

2. Do these specs seem right?

Now is the time to catch any anomalies or inconsistencies. If they need to be adjusted, now is the time to do it. The longer you wait, the more expensive those change orders get!

3. What kind of specialty equipment and fixtures will I need?

Not only is this important for knowing what a project’s materials will cost, but not having specialty items in time can lead to time estimates and labor costs being off. This step helps prevent that.

4. Speaking of labor costs…

How many hours will this project take if all goes well? What can I run into that might extend that time? Are there any logistic/environmental issues that might cause that number to escalate?

5. What do I need to include in my paperwork?

What will the itemized list look like? An electrician will also want to make sure that everything is laid out in an easy-to-understand format. Believe it or not, ambiguity is not the friend of the electrician either. The better the estimate, the less confusion come time to resolve payment.

Blue Collar Electricians understands that trusting a contractor isn’t easy. When you are in an emergency repair situation, it’s easy to resolve yourself to the fact that you are going to pay a premium for your vulnerability. That stops with us. Unlike other contractors, Blue Collar does not pass along an additional fee or increased rate for emergency services. We are here to remove your fear of receiving a dishonest electrical quote. What we quote your project for is what you pay – there are no hidden costs. Contact Blue Collar Electricians for a free estimate today and find out why so many people trust Blue Collar Electricians for their electrical needs!