The responsibility of an electrician cannot be undermined because of the potential danger in the outcome of his work. An electrician cannot be at fault all the time and a homeowner has no right to nonchalantly accuse the former without basis if problems arise in the electrical works. As such, both homeowner and electrician must enter into a contract for the protection of both parties.
To write an electrical contract, follow these tips:
- Seek the advice of a lawyer on the contract form. A contract must have a format that should be uniformly followed and a lawyer is the best person who can provide you with advice and guidance.
- State all the facts involved in the contract. First, give the title of the contract – “ “Electrical Contract” followed by the premise of the contract. The premise should state: “This contract is entered to between (mention the name of the electrician and the name of the person hiring the services of the electrician). If the contractor works under a company, mention the name of the company as well. State the designation of each party as: Contractor and Employer.
- Illustrate the range of work involved in the project. Identify the areas to be worked on as well as the materials to be used. Specify the nature of work to be done as well as its extent. Include the start date of the project and its target date of completion. Also, do not fail to mention the kind of tools and equipment to be used and how the contractor intends to use or mount the machines in the building.
- Be explicit with the purchases of materials. Indicate in the contract as to which of the contracting parties will shoulder the purchases of certain materials. Ordinarily the contractor does the installation and repairs only but it is the employer who provides the materials such as fuse box, circuit breakers, electrical wires, lights and so on. Nonetheless, you should still indicate said purchases for the contract to be clear and faultless, so that when a misunderstanding arises regarding the purchases, the contract will settle the differences.
- Describe the exact place of the project. State the complete address and the owner of the house or building. Electrical contracts are covered by federal rules hence a blueprint of the vicinity map will be required. Mention in the agreement that a blueprint is included as an appendage to the contract.
- Include agreed terms of payments and schedule of project completion. Most electrical contracts allow partial advance payments for the contractor so that the can have some mobility funds to start the project.
- Attach liability provisions. State the obligations of each party should certain areas in the terms and conditions of the contract are not followed.
- Denote that all the materials installed are of good condition. This should be attested to by both contracting parties to exempt the contractor from any liability should any of the installed items break down from normal use.
- Allot spaces for signatures. The signatures should be affixed above the printed names of the contracting parties. Identification numbers, tax identification numbers and other relevant identification methods should be indicated.
After both the contractor and the employer sign the contract, the said document may be brought to a lawyer for attestation. The contract is binding even without a lawyer’s signature but for the peace of mind and security of the contractor and employer, affixing a lawyer’s certification will strengthen the validity of the agreement.