Electricity supply and maintenance is a large part of the budget for any strata managed building or body corporate. Choosing the wrong electrical contractor can blow that budget sky-high.
Have you chosen the right electrical contractor to partner with you?
You’re putting your building and the lives and homes of others into the hands of the electrical contractor so it’s critical you’re confident in their abilities. Before partnering with a contractor, you need to do your research.
Here are 9 tips for choosing the best electrical contractor for your business.
- Ask for recommendations.
There’s nothing more convincing than a recommendation from a member of your network. Speak with other strata or body corporate managers about their experiences with electrical contractors. What worked and what didn’t? Who is reliable and who isn’t? Which contractor did the best job and why? Can they recommend someone to do your piece of work – someone with demonstrated expertise? You can contact local industry associations for a list of qualified contractors.
- Check that the contractor is licensed.
All electricians must be licensed to do their job. It’s easy to find an electrician listed in a directory but you need to know they can legally undertake the work. Regulations vary between the states but there are a number of sites which can help you find a licenced electrical contractor in your area.
Your state government will hold records of licenced contractor. For example, Worksafe Queensland allows you to search for records in the state.
We’ve already mentioned contacting industry associations, but you can also visit the Master Electricians website which lists licensed and accredited electricians across Australia.
- Check that the contractor is insured.
Ask for proof of insurance to check the level of cover your contractor holds. Look for insurance which protects the contractor, you, people occupying the buildings, and any damaged incurred to the property itself. You are entitled to ask to see documentary proof.
- What experience and training does the contractor have?
If your electrical contractor is recognised as a Master Electrician, he or she has met the high standards of this industry body, achieving accreditation. In addition, you should talk with the contractor about the previous experience working on projects similar to yours. This will give you an insight into the way you might work together.
- Ask for references.
You can ask potential electrical partners for references from their previous clients, especially clients in your industry. If they are confident in their work, they should have no hesitation in supplying details of people to speak to.
- Check the contractor’s experience with Strata and Body Corporate work.
The demands of this role are quite different from those of domestic work. Look for a contractor or electrical team with proven experience in this area.
- Clarify who will do the work.
If you are hiring a business rather than an individual contractor, find out which members of the team will do the work and confirm their insurance and qualifications. The person you speak to at interview may not be the final supplier.
- Consider the contractor’s communication skills.
Not surprisingly, this is an important factor in ensuring the right work is done at the right time, and that you, as a manager, understand everything that is being completed by the contractor.
- Ask for a quote for the work.
Make sure you know what the quote covers. Does it include travel time and materials? Try to avoid nasty surprises at invoicing. Remember that the cheapest quote is not always the best.
Once you’ve chosen your contractor, monitor the work and ask for feedback from the occupiers of the building. If you’re satisfied, only then should you enter a long-term agreement with your electrical contractor.
Ours is a team which is highly experienced in commercial electrical work, including strata and body corporate projects. Contact Safe and Sure today to be your partner in all of your commercial electrical needs.