Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What kind of work do you do?
  2. Do you offer free estimates?
  3. How much do you charge?
  4. Why do you mark up materials?
  5. Can I buy the materials myself?
  6. Are you insured?
  7. Who takes care of securing a municipal electrical permit?
  8. Do you take credit cards?
  9. Do you charge tax?
  10. Does the owner do the work?
  11. Do you work on weekends?

1. What kind of work do you do?

We do all kinds of electrical work – except installing solar systems. Our residential work ranges from installing ceiling fans and recessed lights to full-scale wiring. We also replace knob and tube wiring. Our commercial work ranges from churches and country clubs to municipal sewer pump stations. For more information, visit our "Clients" page.

2. Do you offer free estimates?

Yes. We offer estimates for any job for which you would like an estimate.

3. How much do you charge?

We have two ways of charging our customers – time and materials or through an estimate.

Time and materials – If you call and have us do work without an estimate, we will charge you $72 per hour for labor ($125 per hour for two employees) and will charge you the cost of materials plus 25%. The first hour of labor will cost $125 even if there is only one employee on site. Even if the job takes less than an hour, you will be charged $125. If we come to your house and find that the problem does not require our work, you will still be charged $125 for the service call. If we come to your location and work for more than three hours, the $125 for the first hour will be reduced to the regular hourly rate. Payment is due upon completion of our work.

Estimated Jobs – If we give you an estimate, we are guaranteeing that the job will not exceed the estimated price. If, however, we discover the problem is more complicated than we were able to detect during our estimate, we will alert you to the situation and let you decide whether you would like to proceed.

4. Why do you mark up materials?

It costs us money to buy materials. We must pay our employees to travel to the supply house, buy the materials and travel back to your location. It also requires fuel. The markup is intended to cover the cost of procuring materials.

5. Can I buy the materials myself?

You are welcome to buy your own materials. However, we are not responsible for their quality and will not replace them for free.

6. Are you insured?

Yes, we are fully insured against any damage or liability that may arise from our work.

7. Who takes care of securing a municipal electrical permit?

Permits are required for any work that is not considered a repair. If your job requires a permit, we will secure on for you. You, however, are responsible for permit fees. You are also responsible for making sure your electrical work is inspected by your town. We will not be on site for electrical inspections unless the inspector requires it. If our work does not pass inspection, we will satisfactorily correct the problems.

8. Do you take credit cards?

We do not take credit cards. We take checks and cash.

9. Do you charge tax?

Yes. New Jersey requires we charge state sales tax on labor for all repairs and maintenance . Jobs that do not require paying sales tax are considered to be "capital improvements." If you believe your job qualifies as a capital improvement as outlined by the State of New Jersey, you can fill out an ST-8 form and return it with your invoice payment. At that time, you may deduct sales tax from your bill.  You can access an ST-8 form here.

10. Does the owner do the work?

Our owner is involved in all jobs. That does not, mean, however, that he will be on site while the work is being performed. All of our electricians have been with the company for a decade or more. We trust they would do a good job or we would not employ them. Rick is always available via phone if you have any concerns.

11. Do you work on weekends?

Generally, we do not work or provide estimates on weekends. However, we do occasionally do weekend work at a higher hourly rate.