How to find the right commercial electrician for your project
When it comes to hiring the right commercial electrician to carry out work at your business premises, there are a number of important factors to consider which will ensure that the work is carried out as smoothly as possible.
Here we offer some tips to help you find the right commercial electrician for your project.
It’s really important that you choose contractor who is properly trained and experienced in commercial electrical work. Ask to see their qualifications and evidence of membership of associations or trade bodies, such as the electrical inspection organisation NICEIC, or the Electrical Contractors Association for England and Wales (ECA). Ensure that they have a full health and safety policy and comprehensive insurance covering both public and product liability. Any work they carry out must also be commissioned and tested according to British Standards and adhering to the electrical code of practice.
2. Communication and other people skills
Due to the nature of commercial electrical contracting, an electrician needs to be able to work well alongside other contractors on a project, as well as being practical and flexible. For example, an electrician in a commercial setting may have to interact with both construction workers and office employees. Do they have good communication skills and are they personable? Be a good judge of character when speaking to them on the phone or face-to-face.
Don’t underestimate the value of experience and the length of time a commercial electrician has been in business. Ask them to provide details of previous projects they’ve been involved in, preferably ones that are similar to the work you’d like carried out. If you can, talk to their former clients about levels of satisfaction with the work. Was it high-quality, did it fit the initial specification, and was it delivered on time and to budget? Was the contractor reliable and personable?
Carry out an online search for electrical contractors in your area, and check out their reviews. If you come across more one star ratings than five stars, then it is obviously best to avoid them. Ask them to explain why someone might have made a negative comment, it may not always be how it looks.
If you don’t understand something, or if you need to know more, don’t be afraid to ask questions. The response you get can tell you a lot about a commercial electrician’s communication skills, professionalism, expertise, and enthusiasm for your project.
6. The basics
Cost is often one of the deciding factors when appointing a commercial electrical contractor. It’s essential to get a quote from at least three different companies. Make sure the quote is in writing and gives details of the elements involved and the relevant costs.
Of course, cost is not always the main reason for hiring a particular commercial electrician over another. Other essentials need to be established before you spend too much time looking into the details. Find out if they’re actually available on the dates you require, and if they have other jobs on the go at the same time that may detract from yours.
DRF Electrical has over 40 years’ experience in providing electrical installation, maintenance and testing to organisations in the retail, commercial, industrial and leisure sectors.
Contact us to find out how we can help your project on 0113 257 8212.