When you are looking for an electrical contractor to complete a project for you, it can be difficult to work out what you need to be looking for exactly. What should they be able to do? What is going to make your project and job a little easier? To help you make an informed choice, we’ve pulled together the key things to think about when it comes to choosing the right electrical contractor for you and your project.
Accredited Electrical Contractors
First and foremost, the electrical contractor you choose to work with needs to have the appropriate accreditations. This is probably the most important aspect when it comes to making your decision, as that indicates the standard of work you will receive.
Is the Electrical contractor certified by the NICEIC, the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting. The NICEIC assessment process covers everything from the competency to the equipment and a review of site visits undertaken by the company, requiring everything to be of a high standard in order for them to be accredited.
Other accreditations worth looking out for are the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme ( CHAS ) , SafeContractor, and UKAS Management Assessments ( ISO 9001 for quality and ISO 14001 for the environment ). Essentially the more accreditations a company has, the better.
Can the electrical contractor provide all the services you need for your project? Do they provide an end to end service, from design, to installation and through to maintenance? Finding a contractor that can complete your project from start to finish will help you to streamline the process, ultimately saving your business time and money.
For example if your project is to upgrade your lighting or power solutions in your offices, you will need to find a contractor who is able to correctly design in your exact needs, taking into consideration the average usage, the times of day your needs are optimum for maximum demand of your circuits and always factor in your specific requirements. They will then need to undertake the installation, working with you to be as flexible and versatile as your business needs. Finally, the contractor that you choose should have the right structure to be a long-term partner for you and your business, rather than finding a contractor for each project you undertake.
Scale and Fit
The final aspect to consider is the scale of the project you are looking to be completed. Look at other projects the electrical contractor has undertaken. Are they similar to the work you need done? Is it to the same or similar scale? Finding an electrical contractor who has delivered projects similar to yours will help make sure the project runs as smoothly as possible, as they will have experience in the area.
If you have an electrical project you are looking to get started with and need an experienced, versatile end-to-end contractor, then get in touch.