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Commercial electrical contractors perform some of the most integral and arguably, most intricate, work of most construction projects. That’s why you don’t want to go with just any electrical contractor for hire. As a general contractor, you’ve got enough to worry about when it comes to completing a construction project. Partnering with an electrical contractor that can’t be trusted doesn’t meet your deadlines, or is unsafe on the job shouldn’t be something you have to deal with!

To help you out, we’ve come up with a few questions you should ask an electrical contractor before you work with them.

1. Do you follow safety guidelines? Do you have a protocol to prevent electrical hazards?

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) says electrocutions are one of the top four construction hazards. Electrical hazards are extremely dangerous and can cause burns, shocks, and even death. Injuries or death on a job is something no general contractor wants to be associated with.

It’s pertinent that you partner with a trusted electrical contractor that will follow all safety guidelines and safety standards so your project goes smoothly.

2. Are you insured?

Electrical work comes with a high liability since it is dangerous. Make sure your chosen electrical contractor carries proper insurance so they are covered in the event an accident or injury happens to their technicians while they are performing work on your job site. The insurance should also pay for damages. This way you won’t be liable for any injuries or damages that occur on your project site.

3. Are you licensed?

Depending on your state requirements, electricians are required to be licensed. Not all states have this requirement, but if yours does, like here in California, choose one that is. A licensed electrical contractor employs technicians that meet specific training requirements and years of experience. You can trust licensed contractors to have the experience to understand your job or how to fix the issue.

4. What is your specialty?

Find out if the electrical contractor has had experience with commercial projects. Some electricians do primarily commercial work or others may do mostly residential work. This ensures they have the expertise to properly execute your electrical projects.

At the same time, if they have experience in commercial electrical work, they will have the correct electrical equipment and electrical components to get the job done on time.

You’ll also want to find out if they have experience in the type of job you want executing; i.e. solar installation or design-build services.

5. What is the estimate?

Seems like a straightforward, no-brainer question, but if you forget to ask…you will be regretting it when you see the final bill. Make sure the figure the electrical contractor quotes you covers all fees. You want your project completed on a budget so knowing the exact price will ensure you make money on the job, not lose some in the process.

6. What is your timeframe for the project?

This may be one of the most important questions for a general contractor, like you, to ask the industrial electrician you decide to partner with. If the electrical service isn’t done on time you can’t meet deadlines for your customer and you want to maintain your reputation at the same time. Make sure the electrical contractor is trusted within the industry and has been known to finish their projects on time by their customers.

Why partner with Tiger Electric

Tiger Electric is your trusted Southern California commercial electrical contractor with a customer-first approach. We are a reputable electrical contractor backed by a team of qualified electricians that deliver.

We provide commercial electrical services that are different from other licensed contractors or your traditional commercial electrician. With us, you get the benefits of our expertise in safety, meeting project milestones, and beating deadlines.We would love to connect and learn more about your commercial building and project plans! Schedule a job walk with us today by calling (714) 529-8061 or visit our website.