Electrical Contractors must be licensed in Minnesota and hold a current, valid license from the Department of Labor and Industry. Ask to see the electrician's pocket license and another form of identification. The name on the pocket license should be the same as the electrician (or the name of the business). To find out if an Electrical Contractor is licensed in Minnesota, call the Department of Labor and Industry (651) 284-5005 or go to http://www.electricity.state.mn.us/E_contrs/index.html and look up the license. Remember, it is illegal for an electrician to use another electrician's license, just as it is illegal for someone to use another's driver's license.
Multitech Electric, Inc., License #CA04211
Ask the electrical contractor for local references. Call to see if they were satisfied with the work. A reputable electrical contractor will be proud to list their references. If possible, visit a job in progress to see how the contractor works. Talk to the customer about work habits, costs, and the contractor's level of cooperation. Find out if the electrical contractor has maintained the work schedule and honored the terms of the contract.
Multitech Electric, Inc., Contact Us or call (612) 325-1181 for a list of Customer References.
Ask the contractor if his company is insured against property damage, and personal liability in case of accidents. Ask to see a copy of the certificate of insurance (or ask for the name of your electrical contractor's insurance carrier and agency) to verify that the contractor has insurance.
Multitech Electric, Inc., Insurance through AdvisorNet Property & Casualty, Agent: Julie Pelischek (612) 436-3720.
Do not automatically accept the electrical contractor with the lowest price.
First, make sure all bids are based on the same set of service and equipment specifications. Discuss the bids in detail with each contractor and make sure you understand the reasons for variations in price. A higher price may be your lowest overall cost if the materials used are of higher quality or the work is more complete.
Beware of a bid that is substantially lower than others. It indicates the electrical contractor has made a mistake or is not including all of the work (and/or material) quoted by competitors. You are sure to have a dispute with an electrical contractor if you accept a low bid based on an error or misunderstanding.
Multitech Electric, Inc., Call (612) 325-1181 or request a free online Estimate.
Multitech Electric, Inc. MN Contractor License #CA04211