Four Questions You Should Ask Before Partnering With A Commercial Electrician
A commercial electrician has special expertise. To ensure you have the right electrical contractors working on your business, ask these four questions:
1. Do they have specific experience as a commercial electrician? Commercial electrical work is very different to domestic electrical work. Everything is on a larger scale – the cable runs are longer, the data cabinets are bigger and the time pressures are often greater. Good commercial electrical contractors will be familiar with all of those different factors and work efficiently and safely within your business’s preferred time frames. When you are discussing your electrical job, ask the electrical contractor if he’s done your specific job before and where it was done.
2. Are they insured? A reputable commercial electrician will have good quality insurance to cover the ‘what ifs’ that sometimes occur on a job. Ensuring your electrician is insured is a non-negotiable. If one electrician is a lot cheaper than others don’t be tempted to go with them without first checking if they have the correct level of insurance for your job. There are many ongoing costs involved in running a quality electrical business and one of these is insurance.
3. Do they guarantee their work? Having the confidence that you’ll be able contact your commercial electrician again should a problem arise with their original workmanship is important. So ask if they offer a workmanship guarantee and satisfy yourself as much as possible that they a reputable long-standing firm that are likely to still be in operation in a year’s time. A Master Electrician-certified company offers an automatic 12 month guarantee on workmanship.
4. Are they going to be able to help you out in the event of an after-hours emergency? Developing a good working relationship with your commercial electrician will hopefully ensure that if an electrical problem occurs out of regular hours, you will be able to contact them for help. After the first job has been completed, ask how you might contact them in an emergency situation.