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Why You Need a Qualified Electrician

In our previous electrical maintenance articles, we’ve mentioned the importance of hiring a qualified electrical contractor to perform maintenance and repairs. Electrical work is generally not a recommended do-it-yourself project, and while hiring a professional may cost more up front, it’s a smart choice that can end up saving you a lot of money and worry in the long run.

So what’s a qualified electrician?

In short, a qualified electrician is a licensed electrician who has the field work experience and continued training to best install, repair and evaluate electrical systems. This professional will be able to guide your facility to an effective electrical preventive maintenance program that will ensure your facility functions safely and efficiently.

Is it really worth it to outsource electrical work?

Yes. Qualified contractors have the trained people, expertise and technology to support your needs in a cost-effective manner. They will also be up to date on electrical codes and requirements.

How do I find a qualified electrician?

To ensure you find the right electrician for the job, obtain multiple bids and check references before making any decisions. You can learn a lot by talking to other churches and worship facilities. Also make sure your chosen candidate is:

  • Licensed
  • Insured for liability and workers’ compensation
  • Experienced – check with other church contacts for a referral if you aren’t having any luck with your electrician search
  • Able to provide a list of items to be repaired or replaced and list them in the order of priority

For more tips on selecting and working with outside contractors, read this article

This is the fifth article in the Electrical Loss Prevention series that GuideOne Insurance is doing in conjunction with Hartford Steam Boiler, our equipment breakdown reinsurer. Here are the others:

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