If you're just opening up your first business, you want to make sure that you have crossed all of your T's and dotted all of your I's. In other words, you want to make sure that all aspects of your business are in tip-top shape so that you can start off on the right foot.
Of all of the elements that are important to a business, electricity is one that is often overlooked. Sure, you know that you need electricity to run your computers, your lights, your machines and anything else that needs to be powered; but, like many first-time business owners, you may not give the source of your electricity a second thought. However, to properly power your business, you need to have the right type of wiring, electrical panels and more – and a commercial electrician can ensure that all of your electrical needs are met.
Before you hire any commercial electrician, here's a look at some tips that will help you hire the cream of the crop:
Once you've collected a list of potential contractors, schedule meetings with each one. Sit down with them and discuss the following:
- Their experience
- What they're capable of doing
- What type of insurance coverage they have
- What types of projects they've worked on
Some questions to ask commercial electricians during a pre-screening include:
- Are you licensed and how long have you been licensed?
- What will you do if something goes wrong? Would you put your guarantee in writing?
- Are you a member of a well-known group, such as the Better Business Bureau?
2. Check References
References are crucial. If a commercial electrician does not have any references, that should be an automatic red flag. Even if the contractor has just started working professionally in the business, he or she should still be able to provide references from the foreman that he or she worked under while training, for example.
Check out the references. If you learn any information that makes you question the electrician's work or professionalism, move onto the next person.
3. Ask for Estimates
Once you've selected about two or three candidates, discuss estimates for the job. Have each potential commercial electrician review the scope of the work you need done and provide an estimate for that work. And remember, the lowest bid isn't always a great value. If the low price equates to poor quality work, you'll end up paying more in the long run. Additionally, check to see if the contractors offer free estimates; they have the right to charge for giving an estimate and you'll want to know if you need to pay a fee so you aren't blindsided.
Use these tips when looking for a commercial electrician and you'll be able to find the best person for the job.
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