Hiring a commercial electrician can be a daunting task, which is why we’ve compiled a list of essential points or factors to help make your decision making the process a bit easier and quicker.
1. Experience Trumps
It is critical to hire a commercial electrician with experience in all aspects of commercial electrical requirements – from fault diagnosis, power factor correction, 3 phase power, data communications, electrical maintenance, energy management, commercial switchboard upgrades, routine servicing and repairs of all electrical components.
Having an experienced electrical team can not only save costs in the short run, having the right advise can often mitigate risks and financial costs in the long run as well.
References go hand in hand with experience. Therefore it is important to find an electrician with a portfolio of credible references . You need someone who isn’t just talk and can actually back up their claims that they are capable of doing first-rate work.
In short, if your electrician can’t supply you with good references, then you’re taking a risk.
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3. Availability and Reliability
It doesn’t matter if you are a small or large business owner – speed is the variable for success and downtime can be costly. Not only do downtimes leads to lost sales and profits, it can also seriously impact your business reputation.
It is therefore essential to have the right team of commercial electricians with the capacity to handle urgent or emergency electrical work with a quick response time.
Smaller electrical companies often find it difficult to manage delays due to team size which can often lead to financial consequences for businesses or projects relying on multiple contractors to work in sync or simultaneously.
Always ask about team size, response times and capacity to short notice requirements before committing to a commercial electrician.
4. Quotes and Communication
Getting quotes and estimates are contributing factor in helping you make your mind up on who you want to hire. Of course price is top of that list however what you should also consider is communication.
You can gauge the professionalism and reliability of an electrical contractor by how well they communicate with you during this part of the procedure. Alarm bells should always ring if they are dubious and unwilling to provide a quote. The best outcome would include a written quote as well as the electrician setting out how exactly they will communicate with you about costs in the event of any unexpected charges.
5. Registrations, Licences and Qualifications
Always ensure all your tradies, including electricians, carry the right registration, licenses and qualifications related to their field of specialisation.
Being a Registered Master Electrician is the hallmark of quality in New Zealand, requiring electricians to meet strict criteria to gain membership.
Registered Master Electricians also have solid knowledge of electrical code of compliance (CCC), Auckland city council requirements, electrical building maintenance strategies, product recalls and the latest technology and solutions.
Since commercial projects involve huge safety and financial risks, we recommend always choosing quality over price.
Last but not least, always check that your commercial electrical company carries Public Liability Insurance specifically for commercial projects. Risk mitigation should be a priority in choosing the right electrical contractor and shouldn’t be an afterthought.
Northern Lights – Master Commercial Electricians in Auckland
Northern Lights are amongst Auckland’s most reputable Registered Master Electricians with expertise in commercial electrical work of all types and sizes. With over 20 years of experience, a large team of (qualified, experienced, reliable and friendly!) electricians, full Public Liability Insurance and references to back us up, we’re your obvious choice for commercial electrical work.