Commercial electrical work tends to be notoriously hard to get good information about, and there seem to be many misinformed people out there posting incorrect information about the topic.
Commercial electrical work involves installing, maintaining, inspecting, and repairing electrical systems in commercial buildings. Due to the fact that this kind of work isn’t used on residential buildings, there really isn’t a whole lot of information out there since there are not as many people interested.
A few examples of buildings that would fall under the commercial category would be restaurants, retail stores, hotels, grocery stores, and a multitude of others. The definition of a commercial building is a building that uses at least 50 percent of its floor space for commercial activities such as services or selling products. So, it is crucial to determine if the building you would like electrical work performed on even classifies as a commercial building.
In this article, we will be telling you some essential information about commercial electrical work that will be incredibly valuable for you to know, as well as the prices you can expect to pay to have commercial electrical work commenced on a building.
How To Get Commercial Electrical Work
The first issue you may face when trying to get hold of a commercial electrician to make some changes to an electrical system on a building is actually being able to find one.
Because there are far fewer commercial electricians than residential electricians, they tend to be quite rare and can be troublesome to get a hold of.
The best solution for this hurdle can usually just be a quick google search for commercial electricians in your area. Still, if you live in a location with a low population or that’s remote, this usually won’t suffice.
If this is the case, or you happen to be unfortunate even if you live in a popular area, then your next best bet will be to ask around at other commercial buildings. It is more than likely that other commercial buildings in your area will be in contact with a commercial electrician, and they may even have their own electrician that you can arrange work from.
What Commercial Electrical work is notifiable?
Depending on the specific task at hand, you may need to notify your local authority and tell them about any work you may have had done.
This rule is in place to ensure the safety of people who may be affected by the change, and it is usually applicable to “higher-risk work” or work that could become a hazard if done incorrectly.
In the UK, notifiable work includes installing new electrical circuits, replacing fuse boxes on consumer units, altering existing circuits in a bathroom within a certain proximity to a bath or shower, and altering existing circuits in any room containing a sauna or swimming pool.
It is vital that you get in contact with the local authorities in your area if you plan on having any of the above work done to a building in order to avoid a plethora of negative consequences that can come with not heeding to this act and guarantee the safety of people who frequent your establishment.
How Much Does Commercial Electrical Work Cost?
Due to the rarity of commercial electricians, work received from them can typically get pretty pricey.
You may be looking at anywhere between £80 – £100 per hour, but it can even get much more expensive than that.
The high prices are caused by the expertise and skill needed to become a commercial electrician and the lack of availability. It’s simple supply and demand. Also, commercial electrical work can often prove to be a big feat, taking upwards of a month just to complete one task in some cases. A job that size and requiring that amount of work will need a fair amount of motivation.
Of course, depending on your location, prices can vary greatly. If you are in a city environment with broad spread access to commercial electricians, then supply will be higher, making prices much more competitive and affordable.
Although, if you happen to find a commercial electrician who is willing to work for much less than the average salary, that should be a cause for concern. Commercial electricians know how much they should be charging, and if it’s way less than usual, there’s usually a good reason. It may be best to avoid situations like this to ensure that no damage comes to the building that is receiving work and the people who will be inside it.
Commercial electrical work can be a headache to try and arrange if you don’t have access to the correct information.
On top of the eye-watering price tags for commercial electrical work to be completed, you also have to worry about a multitude of other variables, such as getting a high-quality and reliable commercial electrician that will see the task through. That’s without mentioning the fact that getting in contact with a commercial electrician can be its own task altogether.
We hope this article has made things much easier for you.
If you would like to find out any more information, please feel free to browse our website or get in contact with us. At C & M Electrical Contractors, we have the best and most qualified commercial electricians available for more than reasonable prices in Leicester and surrounding areas, so if you happen to be in an area we cover, then we would be happy to help.