Most local building authorities require that even residential electrical wiring meet local code specifications. An inspection must be performed upon completion of work before drywall is installed, and a certificate of inspection provided by the inspector or licensed electrician.
Finding the Right Contractor
When hiring an electrical contractor, make sure they meet these guidelines:
- Provide a written quote for the price of the work they will be doing.
- Provide references of completed projects, and proof of current liability insurance.
- Are licensed for work in your locality
- They will obtain the necessary permits and application for inspection
- They will provide the signed certificate of inspection upon completion
The Inspection Process
Because wiring, circuit boxes, and fixtures must meet electrical code and be inspected before other aspects of the project can be completed, it is important to meet with all other contractors when planning and scheduling work, to insure the project progresses smoothly.
In addition to the mentioned inspections, if there will be any buried cable involved, that will also need to be inspected before trenching is backfilled. Wiring to the meter, the main disconnect, and grounding must also be inspected.