Hiring a commercial electrician is not a task to be taken lightly. You want to make sure that the electrician is qualified and has a good background. If you need to get electrical work done on your building or equipment and you’ve never hired an electrician before, here are three things you should look for to make sure you get a good electrician who won’t disappoint you.
Replacing electrical outlets is a lot different than working on an HVAC system or manufacturing equipment. Electricians get trained, certified, and licensed so they can work on specific electrical projects. Make sure you see their licenses and certifications for the type of work you want to get done. You should also take the time to verify the certifications and licenses by contacting the schools and agencies that have provided the training and licensing.
Never hire an electrician who can’t provide references, and make sure you check the references on the ones who do. You want the references to be from people who you can call and verify that the work they performed was done on time and done well. The best references are from people who you might know and who will give you an honest assessment of the electrician.
You want to make sure an electrician has a general liability insurance policy that protects you in case something goes wrong. You especially want to see proof of product liability and completed operations insurance policy, and the dollar amount the policies cover in case of damage or fire resulting from the electrical work. The insurance will cover the costs of damage and/or repair so you don’t have to pay for the damage yourself or use your insurance policy (which will likely lead to higher premium costs for you going forward).