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7 Tips for Making Sure Your Build-out Won’t Get Fried

You have a plan. You have a schedule. The contractors you choose can make or break both. Here are some thin gs you can do to help ensure that your electrical service contractor is a project maker, not a project breaker.

  1. Of course you want your electrician to keep up with the National Electrical Code and state building codes, and any good one will. But the secret to success is getting one who’s also up on local codes.

    Local regulations are many, and vary depending on the type of installation. Not being familiar with them can cause red tape delays. This will often mean a hiring local contractor.

    There’s another benefit to working with a local contractor. Usually, when a business owner works where he lives, he’ll work to protect his reputation.

  2. Electrical technology, like most technologies these days, is constantly changing and getting more complex. If you want to be sure your connections are safe and your project won‘t give you an unwelcome jolt in the night, you need an electrician who keeps up with the latest electrical methods and equipment.

  3. Electrical failure for a developer is more than an inconvenience. It can mean loss of precious project time. For the best protection, work with an electrical contractor who offers 24-hour service and rapid response in emergencies.

    Even better, choose a contractor who specializes in both construction and maintenance to help prevent problems before they occur.

  4. To make sure your project gets done quickly and correctly - the first time - you’ll want an electrical service company with a strong base of well-trained and experienced electricians.

    Inexperience may save you money up front, but experience will save you more in the end.

  5. Technical expertise isn‘t the whole success story, though. Your electrician may be technically skilled, but if he is unreliable, you could be the one left holding the conduit. Make sure any promises made are realistic.

    Also consider how he handles the bid process. If you can’t count on him for the bid, how will you know you count on him for the work?

  6. The ability to read a blueprint correctly is essential for electrical construction work. Even more important, though, is being able to catch a discrepancy in a blueprint. This comes with experience.

    Be sure your electrician has plenty of experience with blueprints.

  7. Electrical work is dangerous, and at times can be physically as well as mentally strenuous. To reduce the risk to your schedule and your bottom line, choose a contractor who is insured and fanatical about safety.

Nothing is foolproof, of course, but if you keep these seven tips in mind when selecting the electrical contractor for your build-out project, chances are you won‘t get zapped.