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FAQ: “Can I Pay Your Employees Directly to Do a Side Job for Me?”

IMG_7741This a question that our technicians often hear, and we want to address it in this post because the answer will help you understand how working with a professional company like Kilowatt not only ensures you receive the best job possible, but also financially protects you.

“Can you do this as a side job?” A homeowner might ask this to one of our technicians, planning to pay them directly rather than through the company. On the surface, this seems to make sense. After all, our technicians are highly trained and certified to work with heating, air conditioning, electrical systems, water heaters, solar energy systems, and more. They are factory-trained and background-checked, and we only hire people who are trustworthy—the sort of technicians you want in your home working on a project like attaching a surge protector to the electrical panel or fixing a malfunctioning air conditioner. Customers believe that they might be able to save a few dollars if they pay the technicians to take on the job “off the clock.”

However, our technicians ­care about you and your home… and that is the exact reason why they won’t take on a job as an outside project.

California Personal Injury Law is clear on this: A homeowner is liable if an uninsured worker—i.e. a technician who is doing a job on the side rather than through an insured contractor—receives an injury while on the homeowner’s property. Although experienced technicians take every precaution necessary to avoid injury while on a job, working with electrical and gas-powered systems present some level of risk: even a cracked elbow or a spider bit might turn into a “loss of career” lawsuit in the future. Homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover these types of injuries. (This is also one of the reasons that you never want to hire an uninsured amateur to do this type of work.)

Kilowatt is a fully insured contractor and we carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance, so you don’t have to worry about paying for an injury that might occur during a job. Our technicians are looking out for your best interests when they come to your house.

Trust to Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical in Burbank, CA.

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