An electrician quote (much like quotes in other fields) can best be defined as a contract between electrical contractors and customers. Electrical quotes are usually provided by the contractor before the work begins, after the electrical problem has been inspected and its extent and duration have been determined.
As opposed to electrician estimates, which specify non-binding costs that are likely to change as the electrical work progresses, electrical price quotes are binding, and should therefore be calculated accurately and carefully. Electricians usually opt to provide quotes when the job at hand is pretty straightforward in terms of its technical aspects, including labor costs, materials to be used and time costs. The quote should clearly describe the job which is to be carried out, the start and finish dates, the electrician's hourly rates and the expected cost of material. Since it is a contract, the quote should be supplied as a written document. Your electrical contractor may ask you to in turn provide a written confirmation that the price and additional details are acceptable with you.
When it comes to electrician estimates and quotes, it is always advisable to compare between at least three offers before making a decision. The quote electricians provide should usually indicate the exact period it is valid for, at the end of which you will be required to decide whether you would like to hire a specific electrician.
Of course, as in every area of life, we should always expect the unexpected… Sometimes the electrical job at hand may turn out to be more complicated than anticipated, which in turn may affect the determined price. If the scope of the work changes, your electrician will most probably update the quote accordingly. In such cases, it is recommended to once again compare price offers from other contractors, just to make sure the change is reasonable and will not take a heavy toll on your budget.
Free electrical quotes
Many electrical contractors do not charge fees for electrical repair quotes. In fact, you can now receive online electrical quotes free of charge, after you submit forms in which you are required to describe the precise job at hand. Bear in mind that since electrical quotes should be as accurate as possible, it is best to ask for one only after the electrician has visited your premises and has inspected the malfunction.
If the specific problem in your electrical system is complex and involves many factors and considerations, the quote may take a while to prepare, and the contractor may therefore ask for a small fee for this service. If he does, however, he is required to say so in advance, and specify the price.
Remember that when it comes to electrical quotes, high prices usually mean high quality of work. Electrical repairs are not something you should settle or compromise on. While it is certainly encouraged to ask for multiple offers to compare between, make sure your final decision is first and foremost based on the professionalism and experience of the electrician.