4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Electrician for a Remodel

Remodeling Your Home? Here’s How to Vet Your Electrician

If you’re looking to rejuvenate and transform your Vancouver home, a remodel of the electrical systems throughout your house may be in order. Whether it’s new appliances, decorative lighting, or smart technology—or a combination of all these and more!—a home remodel can go a long way toward achieving your dream home without ever having to move.

Here at TCA Electric, house remodel projects are some of the most exciting jobs we get to complete as Vancouver electricians. Before getting started, though, it’s important to plan carefully and make sure you’re hiring the right electrician for the job. To get the right Vancouver electrical contractor for your house remodel, here are 4 important questions to ask.

Do you have liability insurance?

This is a bit of a trick question, but it’s important to ask. The answer you want to hear is “yes.” Any electrical contractor that lacks proper credentials is likely not to be trusted. Some electricians will avoid purchasing insurance to cut corners and offer lower rates, but their customers are the ones who will be hurt in the end. If you hire an electrician that lacks insurance, you can be held liable for any injuries or accidents that occur while they work on your property.

Do I need to pull an electrical permit for this project?

Once again, this is somewhat of a trick question—but instead of a wrong and right answer, there’s wrong, right, and even more right! Any professional electrician should answer “yes” to this question. We’ve covered City of Vancouver electrical permits in a previous post, but the bottom line is that permits will be needed any time you’re making significant alterations to your home’s electrical system. If an electrician claims they can complete the work without permits, you should turn elsewhere.

The best answer to this question, however, is “yes, you will need permits, and we will pull them.” While homeowners can certainly pull their own Vancouver electrical permits for a house remodel, the best electricians will take care of this step on your behalf. Electricians will know much better which permits are necessary, as well as how to complete the steps to apply for them.

Are there any problems you foresee?

An experienced electrician always has a plan! While it isn’t possible to foresee all potential problems with a major electrical project, those with more years spent in the industry will be able to identify potential hurdles and come up with a plan to overcome them. More importantly, the best electricians will be those who communicate that plan with you in detail and seek your approval. No electrician can predict all the problems that may appear when they open up your walls—but a true electrical partner will guide you through the process every step of the way.

Do you have any recommendations to add to the project for future proofing?

The best Vancouver electricians for your house remodel will not only come up with a plan for your current electrical needs, but your future needs as well. This means it’s a good idea to ask your electrical contractor if they recommend any other upgrades during your current remodel. 

Opening up your home’s walls to upgrade your electrical systems is an involved process. By completing more upgrades now—that you anticipate needing in the future—you’ll likely save money in the long run, as you won’t have to call your electrician back in a couple years down the line to start the process over again. With more electrical expertise on your side, your electrician will be able to help ensure your remodel matches your vision not just now, but years into the future!

Call TCA Electric to Start Planning Your Vancouver House Remodel!

TCA Electric is the leading expert in electrical remodel services in Vancouver, transforming many properties into the house their owners have always dreamed of. Our team of licensed and professional electricians loves to solve new and unique electrical puzzles, and home remodels are a great opportunity to put our skills to the test. We’ve delivered on many stunning house remodel projects here in Vancouver, such as the Nelson Street project or this complete modern home renovation in North Vancouver.

If you have dreams of transforming your home into a modern wonder, TCA Electric can help make your vision a reality! Contact us today to start planning your Vancouver house remodel.

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