Electricity is the absolute lifeblood for every commercial building and premises. It powers up your operations and allows you to conduct business – you serve your customers, employees and business stakeholders. Electricity impacts everything from your workshop machines to technology, communications to lighting and the temperature of heating and air-conditioning with the comfort of your employees and customers. This ultimately affects the productivity of your staff and in the end your bottom line as a business owner or commercial manager. When you need to undertake a project that affects the lifeblood of your building, only the very best commercial electrician in Sydney will do.

That’s why trying to choose a commercial electrician for your projects and maintenance isn’t a decision you should take lightly. The electrician you hire can ultimately affect the entire outcome of your project. Your electrical contractor must know about building codes to make sure everything is above board, to help you avoid being fined, and of course they should put safety at the forefront to prevent risks to people and property. They should also have a good idea of what the project will cost, how long it will take and also if there are any upfront concerns that may cause an issue within the project duration. Last but not least, they should be able to deliver the desired results within the timeframe so that you business can continue to operate and thrive.

Here’s what you need to know about hiring a commercial electrician in Sydney so that you’re able to make an informed decision for your next project.

 

Commercial Electrician vs. Residential Electrician – What’s the difference?

Before we get to the downlow on hiring, there are a few important differences between residential and commercial electricians that are worth noting.

Some electricians will only cater to one type of customer, whereas other companies offer both commercial and residential work. A commercial project will typically require a greater breadth and depth of experience, which is why you should only work with a company who is experienced in commercial electrical work. Due to the unique requirements of business facilities, such as different building code requirements, licensing needs, and challenges not usually found in the average home, commercial electricians have the right knowledge and know-how to make your project successful from day one.

As a general rule, electricians who cater to businesses can also be an excellent choice for homeowners. Because they handle the large-scale needs of many companies, they’ve usually “seen it all” and have the expertise to solve any electrical problems in a home.

However the reverse of this statement certainly doesn’t hold the same truth. Those who work mostly on small residential jobs may not have the skills or experience needed to handle larger commercial projects. We have come across these issues time and time again with our clients.

 

When do I need a commercial electrician?

Indeed some small maintenance jobs don’t need the expertise of an experienced commercial electrician. For example, you may be able to replace a small light fixture or install a new light without calling in an electrician.

However you need to keep in mind that the ones who attempt minor electrical work themselves are usually those who have some existing knowledge on how electricity works and have the tools and safety equipment they need to get the job done. Oftentimes it isn’t an undertaking for the average d-i-y guru, and for a good reason: one wrong step and you could be putting your entire business at risk, not to mention your life.

Commercial electrical services cover a wide range of projects, which includes the following:

  • Lighting and electrical maintenance
  • Cable or wire repairs and replacements
  • Light fixture, socket, and switch installation
  • Remodeling and rewiring services
  • Generator installations
  • Electrical safety inspections
  • Datacenter installations
  • Energy-efficient lighting projects
  • Parking lot lighting projects
  • Timer and sensor installations
  • Code updates and corrections
  • Surge protection installations

There are many more projects that we could add to this list, but it should give you a good idea on exactly how extensive commercial electrical projects can be. It is essential to only move forward with a company that has the skills and expertise to complete the work, no matter what size or scope of the project.

 

As a general rule, electricians who cater to businesses can also be an excellent choice for homeowners. Because they handle the large-scale needs of many companies, they’ve usually “seen it all” and have the expertise to solve any electrical problems in a home.

 

What to look for when vetting commercial electricians

As you’re exploring commercial electrical companies to handle your projects or maintenance, it’s crucial to understand how to vet your options. Simply offering the right services at the right price does not guarantee an optimal outcome. Instead, consider some of the following attributes to ensure you’re partnering with a reliable provider:

 

Safety Record

Many commercial electricians will maintain a safety record as a part of their bidding process. You can request a copy of this record when your searching your solutions to see how much of a focus they place on safety.

If they do not have a safety record, you may be able to research further to learn more. For example, you can request to have a chat with some of their clients and ask questions related to their dedication to supporting their workers by providing a safe work environment. You could also check their license status to see if there has been any infringements with Safe Work. You can also determine how they have responded to those claims.

 

Licensing and Accreditation

Commercial electricians must be certified by Fairwork in order to perform any electrical work. It is not in poor taste to requrest a copy of their licensing and any other accreditations before engaging them to work on your property. The most reputable electricians will have a copy of all licenses and accreditations easily at hand.

 

Insurance

By law in Sydney, companies should carry public liability insurance to ensure that no injuries or damage to property will be incurred at your expense. Don’t hesitate to ask for proof of this liability insurance – this is part of your due diligence.

Unbeknownst to many customers, electrical work comes with significant liabilities that can be expensive if an accident were to occur on the job. If issues arise at the fault of the electrician, you shouldn’t have to be held liable to cover these costs. Public liability insurance should be held to a minimum of five million dollars coverage.

 

Knowledge of Local Codes

Electricians in Australia operate under the Electrical installations wiring rules produced by Standards Australia and are licensed via Fair Work. They have laid out to groundwork for electrical safety in working on commercial, industrial and residential projects. However, the Sydney area also has local council does that dictate how electrical work is performed and individual requirements for customer and worker safety. It’s essential to only work with a commercial electrician that understands the local market to avoid expensive reworks, council fines, fair work fines or potential threats to your business if things aren’t up to code.

 

Commercial Electrical Experience

We touched on this earlier, but it’s essential to only work with an electrician that has the skills and knowledge necessary for commercial electrical projects. Not all electricians will have this level of know-how, so look for a provider that specifies they do commercial work.

 

Emergency Services

Electrical failures or issues can happen at any time of the day or night, and these issues must be resolved quickly. Not only will you need the reassurance that electrical problems have little impact on the operation of your business, but certain issues can cause fires or other costly damages.

Many companies offer a 24/7 emergency electrical service, which means you won’t have to wait until the next business day to start seeking a resolution. You never know when you might need an emergency electrician, so consider engaging with a company who are readily available around the clock.

 

Online Reviews and Testimonials

Checking a company’s online reputation has become somewhat par for the course. Many studies have proven that 92% of people will routinely check for online reviews or testimonials prior to making a purchasing decision. 84% of consumers will trust an online review nearly as much as a referral from a family member or friend.

To start with, look up the business on Google to see their Google My Business rating. The star rating and review left from previous customers can give you great insight into what the company does well and reasons why other users may have been unhappy. You can also investigate on their social media p[ages to see what others are saying about the business itself. Other websites for reviews may include Yelp! or LinkedIn.

Many customers will also take the old-fashioned route by asking for commercial references. Many electricians will hand over a client list for you to do your research before you engage them.

 

Quotes

Different electrical companies will nine times out of ten have different quotes for the same job. While the cost of the project isn’t the most crucial consideration, it is certainly a big part of the decision making progress. You will tend to find that while one company costs a little more, they give you way more value in your total project that can easily justify the higher ticket price. For example Arrow Power offer a service where we will liaise with the network authority on your behalf which is a significant time saver.

 

FIND THE BEST COMMERCIAL ELECTRICIAN IN SYDNEY

Choosing a commercial electrician in Sydney is serious business. Electricians must be able to not only execute the job and provide up to date communication, but also ensure the safety of the commercial property, themselves and others long after the work has been completed.

At Arrow Power, safety and quality are our top commitments to give you the best possible outcome. We have over 25 years experience in the business and over 350 projects safely completed to our name. We are 100% dedicated to helping you achieve the best results. Contact us today to learn more or get a quote for your upcoming commercial electrical projects!

 

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