How to Write an Electrical Contract
Electricians who wish to provide services for a homeowner or building contractor use electrical contracts to explain the agreement's terms, the project's start date, associated fees and costs, and an official statement to perform all work as discussed within the electrical contract. The electrical installation agreement is a contract and serves as a legal document in case of lawsuits or problems that may arise from the project. It is always a good idea to have legal documents reviewed by an attorney before signing.
Create spaces for the name of electrical contractor and the individual or company who will be hiring the contractor in the contract. Identify the contractor by stating her name, followed by the term "Contractor." Identify the name of the individual hiring the contractor with his full name and the term "Employer."
Define the scope of the electrical project. The first section explains exactly what type of electrical work will be performed, identified as "the Works." Write this as a paragraph or as a bulleted list. The list may include information such as: rooms in need of electrical repair or wiring; specific machines or equipment that require electrical repair; fuse box modification or repair work; and other wiring projects.
Indicate the location of plans and addenda. If the project requires blueprints or specifications that will not be listed in the agreement, make a statement after the "Works" section about their location. Ideally, the plans and addenda appear in a separate section at the end of the electrical contract in PDF or Microsoft Word document form.
Explain where the electrical project will be carried out. Indicate the property address, and the name of the contact person in charge of the property.
State the payment schedule. Write out the exact amount agreed upon for the electrical work, and specify due dates and invoice terms. Electricians typically charge by the hour, but they sometimes price electrical repair work per project.
List completion dates and schedules. Outline exactly when the electrical work is expected to be performed and completed. You may include a statement that the contractor will not be responsible for delays outside of his control.
This may include items such as client negligence or general wear and tear of the fuse box; natural disasters that affect the project's timeline; or delays that result from a builder's or customer's negligence to obtain appropriate licenses or documents to authorize the work.
Explain who is in charge of fees for licenses and other expenses. Both parties need to agree on who will pay for any license or fee expenses that may arise over the course of the electrical project.
Explain the electrical contractor's safety protocol and statement of intent. State that the contractor will use reasonable skill, diligence and care when performing the work. This section may also include the contractor's satisfaction guarantee and other information about the quality of the work performed.
Explain liability protection. This section indicates who is responsible for any losses or damages at the site, or any personal injuries that occur over the course of the project. Include insurance information for the electrical contractors here.
Provide spaces for signatures and contact information. Begin this section with the terms, "In Witness Whereof, the parties have signed this Agreement on this day and year as indicated in this contract and agreed to all terms." List the names of the contractor and employer, leaving spaces for signatures, addresses and phone numbers.
Electrical contracts are typically just one to two pages. You may add a photocopy of the electrician's insurance card as an addendum to the contract.