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Powering Your Project: How To Choose The Right Electrical Contractor

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Planned and preventive maintenance is vital to all businesses’ electrical strategies, helping them keep their infrastructure safe, efficient, and compliant. However, as electrical maintenance is not something that your premises staff can legally undertake, it is essential to appoint a local electrical contractor who has the knowledge, skills, and experience to complete the work.


In this article, we’ll explain what you can do to ensure that you choose the right electrical contractor for your project without making a costly mistake.


Inspect Their Credentials And Qualifications

Firstly, check the electrical contractor’s professional qualifications and credentials. No two electrical installations are alike, so it is essential to ensure that the contractor is fully qualified and accredited to work on your specific project. Request a comprehensive list of their accreditations and verify these credentials with the appropriate industry bodies. By ensuring that the contractor is equipped with the knowledge and skills to undertake the work, you’ll also buy yourself much-needed peace of mind that your business is in safe hands.


Assess Their Experience

Experience is invaluable in electrical contracting, not only because it is evidence that a contractor has the knowledge and skills to undertake the work but also because they are more likely to overcome any problems they encounter. Seek a contractor with an extensive project portfolio with similar work experience; ask for examples of their previous work, paying special attention to large, complex, or specialist projects. An experienced contractor will bring technical expertise to your project and be adept at problem-solving if challenges arise.


Check Their Commitment To Customer Service

The importance of excellent customer service cannot be overstated. A contractor who is responsive, communicative, and attentive to your needs can greatly enhance the overall experience and ensure that you are always updated about progress, problems, and timelines. Look for a company highly regarded for the quality of its customer service: for example, it should be committed to promptly answering your queries and maintaining open lines of communication throughout the project.


Request References And Reviews

In the digital age, online reviews and customer testimonials are rich sources of information about potential electrical contractors. Rather than blindly entering into an agreement, research online reviews and ask the contractor for independent references from previous clients. These can provide invaluable insights into the contractor’s reliability, quality of work, and ability to meet deadlines and budgets. Whereas a contractor reluctant to share their testimonials should be regarded with suspicion, one offering a trail of satisfied customers is likely to be a safe bet.


Prioritise Safety

Given the obvious risks associated with poor-quality electrical work, particularly in commercial settings, choosing a contractor who takes safety seriously is critical. Investigate your chosen contractor’s safety record and compliance with industry standards. An electrical specialist who clearly understands their obligations to health and safety will ensure that their team is safeguarded and that your employees, property, and assets are protected from danger.


What Next?

To find out more about our electrical contractor services for commercial projects, please send us a message or call Orion Technical Services on 02922 710772.

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