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Take charge with an electrical contract.

From cabling to low-voltage installations and everything in between, set clear expectations about pricing, scope of work, and more for any electrical project.

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Spark a new project with an electrical contract.

Electrical contracts are legally binding service agreements that electricians use when they work with homeowners or building supervisors. Used throughout the construction industry, this type of contract includes services such as electrical construction, electrical installation of objects like fiber optics, and maintenance of electrical services and systems.

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When you need electrical contracts.

Contracts provide clarity to both parties about the exact nature of the work being done. They can also provide peace of mind by verbalizing the contractor’s standard safety procedures and providing legal protection in case something goes wrong or there’s a breach in contract.

Electrical contracts can also serve as a bid or estimate of prospective work. Most electricians require a physical inspection before writing a contract so they can give clients an accurate forecast of the times and tools needed to complete the project.

Before you agree to finalized terms and sign any contract, have either a lawyer or legal firm review your document to ensure it meets your expectations and follows local laws and ordinances.

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What powers a good electrical contract.

Whether you’re a master electrician, a subcontractor, or a homeowner who needs to make improvements on your property, make sure to include these components for a comprehensive contract:

Contact info: Indicate the contact details of both parties, including the hiring party’s name, name of company or electrical contractor, and any phone numbers and email addresses for both. After this section, parties will be referred to as “Contractor” and “Employer.”

Define the scope of work: List as many specifics of the job as possible. Identify exactly what type of electrical work needs to be done so there can be an accurate measure of materials needed and estimate of the time the project will take.

Plans and specifications: If your electrical project needs additional blueprints or specifications not listed in the principal agreement, create an addendum with them included. Indicate where the work will take place, including the property address and the project manager.

Payment information: List the details of payment, including the exact amount agreed upon for the electrical work, due dates, payment schedule, and specifics about invoicing. If the project pays hourly, as it is for most electricians, list the hourly rate in a section that requires written proof of hours worked, as well as an option to pay once completed.

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Schedule: Outline the time frame of the project and estimated completion dates. Add a brief statement about how the contractor is not responsible for delays due to something outside their control.

Licensing and fees: Clarify who will pay for licenses, certifications, and other expenses during the course of the job. Both parties need to come to an agreement before any work is done.

Safety measures: Provide a written explanation of the safety standards and protocols of the worksite, and a clause about how the contractor must abide by those regulations. You can also include information about the quality of the work itself, like a satisfaction guarantee.

Liability agreement: Identify the liability insurance provider for the electrical contractor and which party will be responsible for any damages, losses, or injuries that occur over the course of the work’s time frame.

Signature and additional info: Add a space for signatures and the contact info of both parties.

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Create and manage an electrical contract.

Make sure to seek legal counsel to review the contract and finalize the terms to your liking. Then you can use Adobe Acrobat Pro powered by Acrobat Sign to help you create a high-quality legal document in a few simple steps.

  1. In the upper-left corner of the Acrobat app, click Tools.
  2. In the category Forms and Signatures, select Prepare Forms.
  3. Either upload a file, scan a document, or click Create New to create a blank, customizable contract.
  4. Fill out your form according to your needs and then click the Sign button. Select Request Signatures in the upper-right corner of the navigation bar.
  5. Enter the email addresses of all the signees, add any special instructions they may need to complete, and then click Specify Where to Sign.
  6. Select where you want others to sign and then press Send.

Save your contract to make an electrical contract template — readily available to you through cloud storage for use on future jobs.

Once you send it off, keep tabs on where you are in the contract process in the Settings tab of Acrobat Sign. When all signees have completed their section, don’t wait hours or days to close the loop; receive a notification immediately, on any device, and get the ball rolling on new projects.

Track and set reminders for your electrical contracts