A Reminder From: Globus Electric Inc.
How Do You Decide Which Contractor To Choose For Your Company?
- Rules for Choosing Electrical Contractors
- Beware of Con-Artists
- Unfortunately some contractors are not reputable. Here are some things to look out for:
- High Pressure Sales Pitch.
- Refusal to give you a written estimate.
- A charge for an estimate. (This is usually a free service.)
- Offer of a price that is to good to be true. (It will cost you more
later! Remember - Good things aren't cheap and cheap things aren't good!)
- Feel Comfortable
- Explain your requirements for the project to the prospective contractor.
- He should be able to answer your questions and provide helpful ideas to
ensure your project will meet current code and safe operation requirements.
- It is important that you feel comfortable with your contractor and that you have an
easy time communicating your thoughts with him.
- We recommend you hire an industrial electrical contractor with fifteen or more years of
experience within your industry.
- Contractors with more experience are proven to have a solid
business history, and chances are they will be more reliable and knowledgeable.
- Contractors without an extensive industrial background will not have the expertise to:
- Do your job in a timely manner;
- Do your job with a cost efficient approach;
- Follow up and maintain this installation or the balance of your job-site.
- Remember, a contractor who does primarily residential work,
will not know your total environment. Think about what would have to
be done in your home vs. what must be done at your business. Besides
the obvious, voltage in your home is only 120V while in your work
place it is normally 460V.
- Also, ask your contractor these four questions:
- How many projects did you do in the past year?
- What was the dollar size of your smallest and largest project?
- Do you have the required licenses?
- Do you belong to a trade association?
- Check out their answers and their records with the Better Business Bureau.
- Insurance is one of the most important items when hiring a contactor.
These are the types of insurance the electrical contactor should have and here are the reasons why:
- Workman's Compensation Insurance -- protects you in case a worker is injured on your property..
- General Liability Insurance -- covers you in case a contractor damages your property.
- Automobile Insurance -- protects you in case a contractor's vehicle damages another vehicle on your property.
- Competitive Bids
- It's usually a good idea to ask at least three contractors to estimate the costs of your project.
This is normally a free service and it helps prepare you for negotiating a final contract.
Remember though, many contractors develop such an honest business
relationship with their clients that their clients rarely bid the work.
The client normally provides a 'not to exceed' budget and the contractor
works time and material contracts to save money.
- Make sure that the bids detail:
- the scope of the work;
- the types or manufacturers of the materials that will be used;
- the total cost of the project.
- Is your goal to obtain the lowest price or are quality and professionalism important to you? Remember, the lowest price is not always the best opportunity for you.
- Get references for work done in your industry, both clients and supply houses.
Call and ask these questions:
- How long has the reference been in business?
- How long have they been dealing with the contractor?
- How many projects has this contractor done for them?
- Does the contractor keep the deadline dates?
- Are there always cost over-runs from the original contract price?
- And ask the suppliers if they are ever over ninety days on payments?
- Is this contractor easy to work with?
- Does this contractor have an extensive knowledge of your industry?
- Would you have this contractor do additional work for you, bypassing the bid process?
- Contract Elements
- Once you've agreed on a bid with a contractor, get it in writing.
A contract should be written and explicit in detail. It should include:
- An exact description of all the work to be performed;
- Any promises made by the salesperson/contractor;
- The total dollar amount of the contract and a schedule for payments;
- Who will be responsible for getting the necessary permits;
- The starting and completion dates;
- Warranty (make sure you have at least a one year warranty, in writing if
- Be very cautious about a contractor who demands a large payment up front (50 percent or more).
Contractors are accustomed to pay-as-you-go schedules.
- Professional Association
- Ask the contractor if he belongs to any trade associations or sits on the board of another entity.
This shows strong community ties and a person less likely to cause you financial harm.
You are ready to make the commitment for better safety and protection, so why wait?
Pick up your today and call
Globus Electric Inc.
for a Free Consultation and No Obligation price quote.