Queensland’s search results are saturated with hundreds of so-called ‘specialist’ electrical contractors. But are they licensed to offer these services? Do they have experience and insurance? What about their past customers?
A lot goes into being an experienced, sought-after electrical contractor – much more than a beautiful website and top spot in Google’s search results.
But, before we delve into the factors you should consider when choosing an electrical contractor for your business’ maintenance, let’s start with the little voice in the back of your mind whispering “you can do it yourself.”
Why You Need A Master Electrical Contractor
Today’s businesses rely on electricity and technology – and your business is likely no different. From surveillance cameras to complex security systems, smart lighting, and energy-saving tech, a lot is riding on your electrical system’s health, and a lot can go wrong.
Maintaining each interconnected component on such a large scale leaves room for dangerous failures and profit-destroying downtimes if you don’t know what you’re doing. Something as simple as incorrect wiring can spark a fire and all the legal issues that come with it.
On top of that, something as simple as neglecting to upgrade your switchboard with safety switches can result in a fatal fire too. A master electrical contractor will not only have the training, certification, and experience to work with your electrical system easily and safely, but offer proactive maintenance to eliminate hazards and risks too.
They will identify and remedy potential safety hazards whilst providing ongoing maintenance to keep your electrical system healthy and up-to-date. They’re also particularly useful for strata units and large-scale commercial properties, as they can work on advanced, interconnected commercial electrical systems while ensuring business continuity too.
Their services will include:
- Safety testing
- Preventative maintenance
If that’s not enough to silence that little voice, then this will be. DIY electrical work is straight-up illegal in Queensland. It’s considered to be unlicensed electrical work, and thus deemed dangerous and illegal in the eye’s of the government – with fines of up to $40,000 for individuals.
And if this DIY job exposes anyone to death or injury risks, the maximum penalty is $600,000 for an individual and $3,000,000 for a corporation – or five years in prison!
Factors To Consider When Choosing A Master Electrical Contractor
For this section, we decided to get our customers’ insights to help you. After doing a survey, we found four common factors our customers considered before coming to us for commercial electrical maintenance.
Are They Licensed?
To avoid any legal issues and fines, as well as be sure that your chosen contractors have up-to-date training and certification, you should make sure that they are licensed.
Are They Insured?
Insurance is crucial, and any contractor who is confident in their skills will have it. Without it, you could be left with faulty work that your insurance won’t cover or—god forbid—injury compensation fees or lawsuits when fault work becomes dangerous.
Are They Experienced?
Maintaining the complex, large-scale electrical systems of commercial properties takes more than electrical expertise. You’ll want to choose a contractor who specialises in commercial properties to ensure business continuity.
Are They Renowned?
If your chosen contractor has all of the above and supposedly provides exceptional workmanship, then he’ll have plenty of references confirming this. Ask for three recent references (and check their online reviews for good measure!).
With these factors in mind, you should have no problem finding a contractor to trust with your business’ electrical maintenance after some time.
Or, you could skip some steps and come straight to Townsville’s leading master electrical contractors, Bellingers Electrical Contracting!
You’ll enjoy access to our team of highly trained, licensed, and insured technicians, as well as the wealth of insights they’ve gained over the years servicing commercial properties. From large-scale solar to switchboard upgrades, we specialise in all manners of commercial maintenance in Townsville
Visit our website to browse our commercial services now!