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Things to Consider When Choosing a Commercial Electrician

Val Chisolm

Electricity can be very dangerous when it goes wrong. Electrical work on your premises is not the kind of thing you want or can afford to have done badly. Poor workmanship, cheap components, or unfinished jobs can be inconvenient and even cause serious risks. How would your business cope if someone received a serious electric shock or the premises caught fire due to a faulty electrical installation? There could be serious financial and criminal penalties.

Avoiding accidents and injuries isn’t the only reason to think carefully when choosing a commercial electrician in Edinburgh. The wrong company could overcharge you, fail to perform the work specified, turn up late, or have a bad attitude. It’s far better for your business, the safety of everyone inside it, and your own stress levels to spend a while making a careful decision to ensure you hire the right people first time around.

Here are some pointers to help you decide.

Ask them how much they charge

Price is likely to be one of the first criteria that springs to mind, so we’ll address it first. While you do want to compare commercial electricians in Edinburgh based upon price, the company offering the lowest fees is not necessarily going to provide the best service.

Rather than just finding out what the price is, ask exactly what it covers. Make sure you know what you need and find out if everything is included in the quote provided. Ask to have the quote broken down if necessary. Also consider the long-term cost of working with a particular company. It may be that their installation fees are higher, but in the long term a regular maintenance contract with them will save you money.

Check they have the right qualifications

Unless you are also a professional electrician, it will be very easy for a company to sound like they know what they’re talking about. Choosing a Edinburgh electrician that has the required qualifications ensures you get someone who isn’t just talking themselves up. The last thing you want to do with your electrics is let an unqualified, unprofessional person mess around with them.

At the very least any commercial electrician in Edinburgh should hold an electrical installation NVQ level 3 qualification.

Ask for proof of previous projects

Being qualified shows that commercial electricians in Edinburgh will have the correct training; having completed similar jobs shows that they have experience. Make sure that the electrician you are thinking of choosing has carried out similar projects before, and ask to see details of those projects. They should be happy to provide you with this information – any company who seems to be trying to keep you away from their previous customers probably has something to hide.

Check what insurance they have

Not only do you want them to tell you that they are insured, you also want them to prove it. Imagine if something did go wrong with the work they have carried out, damaging your property or causing someone on the premises harm. You could be facing serious financial consequences through no fault of your own. Commercial electricians in Edinburgh should have liability insurance at the minimum. Find out the value of their insurance as well: you want to make sure that they have a policy with a large enough pay-out to adequately compensate you in the event something goes wrong.

If you're looking for commercial electricians in Edinburgh VC Electrical are experienced, qualified, and come with plenty of happy clients. Get in touch today to hear why we are the perfect commercial electricians for you.