Generally speaking, commercial electricians are no more qualified than those who work primarily in residential properties, but they inevitably gain a vast amount of experience concerning electrical work in large commercial projects. Let’s not forget, businesses are subject to different laws and regulations, and the electrical systems they work on are often considerably more complex that those found in the typical household.
Despite the fact that humans have been relying on electricity for centuries already, the average person has very little knowledge regarding the subject. Even certified electricians don’t always know everything there is to know, and especially when it comes to large commercial projects. For example, an electrician who has spent most of his or her life rewiring houses or flats would be completely lost if they suddenly found themselves working on the London Underground, or maintaining subsea electrical equipment used in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Electrical work in commercial enterprises often involves extremely high voltages, and particularly stringent rules and regulations. Without the necessary experience and knowledge, contractors can very easily cause a catastrophe, even if unintentional. If an electrical contractor doesn’t follow proper procedures, it can also cause a huge financial loss due to fines and penalties, some of which can amount to millions of pounds.
When choosing an electrical contractor that specialises in commercial properties, it’s vital that you get clarification regarding certain issues before you go ahead and hire them. You need to determine their level of legitimacy. One way to do this is by asking certain questions.
To begin with, does your preferred contractor require a deposit before work commences? How long have they been in business, and what sort of checks and balances are in place to ensure that those electricians working on site have got the necessary qualifications and expertise? Lastly, is the company able to provide references, and more importantly, do they guarantee their work?
Established electrical companies typically don’t ask for any deposit because they already have all the material and equipment they need. If their work is good, and it’s completed in a timely manner, they’ll get paid on full, on time, and that should be sufficient for any legitimate contractor unless you’re hiring them for a particularly big project.
A reputable company should also have adequate insurance cover to safeguard against any mishap. Let’s not forget, when electrical contractors get things wrong, the consequences can be catastrophic. Finally, your chosen company should have no qualms about offering a solid guarantee. If they have used good quality materials and their workmanship is up to standard, then there’ll be very little chance of them having to honour any guarantee or warranty.
Likewise, if they consistently deliver a high standard of work, then they should be more than happy to refer you to some of their past clients. After all, glittering testimonials are more effective than any other form of advertising.
Commercial electricians carry a massive burden on their shoulders, but at the end of the day, it’s the profession they themselves have chosen. The best advice anyone can give you, is that you choose your electrical contractor carefully. If you’re fortunate, and you strike gold on your first hit, then you really want to stick with the company you’ve chosen