The vast majority of property owners assume electrical contractors to be just typical electricians. However, even though both professionals deal with matters of electricity, they are not the same. An electrician is an individual tradesman who offers his or her services as an individual. On the other hand, electrical contractors are firms or business people offering their services through employees. Thus, with electrical contractors, aspects of electrical systems designs, installation and maintenance are usually handled by paid employees.
As you can appreciate, the factors that you should consider while hiring electrician are not necessarily the same factors that you should consider when hiring an electrical contractor. Herein we will explore considerations that you should have in mind whenever you want to hire an electrical contractor.
Typically, while looking for any kind of contractor, you begin by shortlisting viable contractors. You might use search engines or seek referrals from friends, work mates, and family. Thereafter, the process of process of deciding which contractor to go for ensues. These are the consideration that you should have in mind.
#1. License And Insurance Coverage – The very first consideration to have in mind while picking a contractor should be whether the potential contractor is licensed and bonded. There are many run-of-the-mill contractors out there, many of whom operate without licenses and insurance coverage. While such contractor may render their services at lower price points, their services tend to be sub-par and oftentimes dangerous to the occupants of the property as well as to the property itself.
Hiring licensed and insured contractors negates the possibility of receiving poor quality of workmanship and products. Additionally, it protects your right to seek recourse if anything goes amiss during and after the project.
#2. Contractor’s Specialization And Capabilities – There are many categories of electricians and contractors. With this in mind, it important to ensure that the contractor you hire has the requisite expertise to see through your project. For instance, commercial property owners seeking electrician services will be best served by hiring a contractor with “Inside Electrician” and “Integrated Building Systems” capabilities. As for residential property owners, a contractor that specializes in Integrated Building Systems will adequately meet their needs with regards to designing, installing, and repairing lighting and telecommunications appliances.
#3. Experience – Experience also matters a great deal. Considering that each and every project is unique with unique challenges, experience helps in coming up with efficient and cost effective solutions. Thus, while reviewing the various contractors, ensure that you understand their experience in the field, over and above their specialization.
#4. Reviews And Testimony – You should also acquaint yourself with customer reviews of each contractor. Doing so give you a gist of how the contractor operates which in turn helps you understand what you can expect to receive, with regards to quality of workmanship, attention to detail, and the cost of their services.
#5. Level Of Customer Service – Finally, you should also consider the quality of customer service. Great customer services and customer experience are a paramount foundation of customer-centric service delivery, something you should seek. You want the electrical services you receive to be tailored and thus meet your every need.
To this end, take note of the quality of customer service that a contractor renders while interacting with them, especially when seeking quotes.