Whether you are building a new home or business, making repairs or renovating, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing the right electrical contractor. This one decision can make or break your construction budget and timeframe causing you more than just a pain in the neck! Here are some of the recommendations that the pros give for choosing the right electrical contractor:
1. Gather recommendations from your network
It’s safe to assume that you know other people in your line of work, friends or family that have used an electrical contractor. Ask them for recommendations! Specifically, make sure to ask about the employees and whether or not the company does background checks.
2. Verify licensing and insurance
This is by far the most important part of your decision making. Ever heard, “you get what you pay for?” The lowest bid isn’t always the best. Ask for their TECL number, which they’re supposed to carry at all times. You can also check https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/LicenseSearch/ for licensing. Also, most companies carry insurance and workers comp on their employees, but it never hurts to ask.
3. Assess credentials and training
Don’t be afraid to ask questions regarding their previous jobs, especially ones similar to what you are needing. Make sure the company is financially stable enough to purchase the materials needed for the job. It’s also wise to ask what license they hold as there are different levels of experience that coincide with licensing.
4. Check reviews and references
It’s still important to businesses to get good reviews. Look online and be sure to see what recent customers have to say. You can also check the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any disputes pending and/or their rating with them.
5. Check the electrician’s experience with commercial projects
Typically, an electrical inspector will know of most companies and can even tell you how many permits they have pulled. Remember cost is only one part of the decision-making process and unfortunately, if you choose the wrong contractor, the project could end up costing you way more than you anticipated.
We hope this information helps you make a decision when you need to hire an electrical contractor.
Although we started out as a small residential electric company, we also are experienced in large commercial manufacturing projects. Our website has a few examples of our work, but don’t hesitate to reach out to us when you need an experienced electrical contractor.