Essential Checklist to Finding a Professional Commercial and Domestic Electrician
There are a lot of jobs you can DIY around your home or workplace, such as painting and gardening, and even putting up a few shelves. However, no matter how handy you are, you should never attempt your own electrical work. Qualified electricians go through four years of on-the-job training before they become licensed – and even then, things can go wrong. Unfortunately, that leaves you with the task of finding a professional commercial or domestic electrician who is up to the task. Use this checklist to make sure you’ve found the right trade for the job.
- Have you done your own research?
Like many other situations, it isn’t always the best idea to use the first electrician you find. We recommend starting with friends and family who have recently had work done. If they liked the company, they can pass on the details, and if they didn’t, then it may be best to avoid that electrician. From there, head to the internet. It’s amazing what you can find with a simple google search, including reviews and testimonials. Make sure the company you’re using has a high-quality website, as this can be a testament to the type of business they run.
- Are they experienced?
Whilst everyone has to start somewhere, you don’t want your home or business to become a trial and error site. The vast majority of electrical companies employ apprentices but make sure the person who will be completing the job is up to the task.
- Are they licensed and insured?
Just as you want your electrician to be experienced, you also need them to be licensed. This tells you that they are fully qualified and capable of the jobs they are taking on, and their insurance will cover anything that may inadvertently go wrong.
- Can they meet your needs?
This is a big question you need to ask, especially when looking for commercial electricians, as the projects you need them to work on are often far bigger than anything they may do in a home. You need to ensure the company is up to the task and has enough employees to complete the job in a reasonable amount of time. Even if you’re looking for an electrician for your home, make sure they specialise in what you need. For instance, some businesses only work on new constructions and others specialise in solar installation – make sure you’re looking at companies who can and will help you.
- Can you check their references?
Just as you would read reviews online, speaking with recent customers will give you a good idea of what they are like to work with – especially if the job you’re asking them to undertake is bigger or more challenging. If they are a reputable company with nothing to hide, they should be more than willing to organise references for you.
- Have you considered prices?
We all love a bargain, and it’s important to consider prices while looking for a professional commercial or domestic electrician – after all, that’s why we ask for quotes. Yet a price shouldn’t be the only thing you’re considering, and if a quote seems too low, you should ask yourself why. They may end up charging you more in the long run with additional work not included in the original breakdown, or you could be paying less for sup-par work.
If you’re looking for a professional commercial or domestic electrician, it pays to shop around. You should do your own research and ask plenty of questions – especially for those challenging projects. Contact the team at Smillie for a free quote, you can be confident we’re up to any task.