It’s no secret that national retail remodel and build-out work is a specialized discipline that requires an electrical contractor with equally specialized capabilities. As decades-long veterans of the retail construction sector, RJ Martin Electric has identified eight common challenges associated with electrical contracting projects in the retail realm.
At RJ Martin Electric, we get questions every day from general contractors (GCs) and end users about many areas that involve electrical contracting services in commercial, industrial, health care, retail and educational sectors. We’re planning several blogs during 2019 to address some of the most commonly asked questions we receive.
General contractors (GCs) and end users shouldn’t overpay for the contracting services they utilize. But exceptionally low bids should raise eyebrows and cause concern. So what are six ways that electrical contractors bury costs in a low electrical contracting bid?
At RJ Martin Electric, we place the highest priority on providing employees with a safe and clean work environment. Indeed, it’s hard to overstate the importance of safety in construction projects. Certainly, accidents impact business operations; but more importantly, they can profoundly impact the lives of injured workers and their loved ones—sometimes permanently. While we take safety very seriously, another contractor's recent accident on a job site provided strong motivation to share this message with our readers.
Electrical contracting projects are complex, pressure-packed, time-sensitive affairs. The electrical contracting firm you choose needs to have deep experience in the given project type. Yet, there’s one quality that often goes overlooked in many projects: the ability of your electrical contractor to execute their scope with or without complete drawings.
When the time comes to hire an electrical contractor for your next commercial, industrial, health care, retail or education project, there are lots of things to consider—from their experience with similar projects, to their overall capabilities, their commitment to safety and much more. But one element you don’t want to overlook is the financial stability of the contractor.
We’ve said it before—GCs have a lot on their plates. With all the responsibilities they bear, they should have confidence that the subcontractors they hire for their projects in all trades will not only do their jobs properly, but also will not endanger their own viability as business operators through error or neglect. A recent situation involving a subcontractor on a building addition project illustrates this all too clearly.
For projects in commercial, industrial, health care, retail and educational sectors, our experience has helped us identify several best practices that enable successful electrical contractors to keep their scope of work on schedule. We encourage you to consider these best practices when selecting an electrical contractor for your next project.
General contractors have a lot on their plates. They can’t be everywhere at all times, so as a practical matter, they may not know about small issues that can potentially impact a construction schedule. Communication is often the key to keeping a construction project on schedule and on budget—and trusted subcontractors play a vital role in that.
At RJ Martin Electric, it’s been our experience through several decades in business that low price doesn’t necessarily translate into good value. In fact, we’ll argue just the opposite—in the highly competitive and price-sensitive business of electrical contracting, low price not only foreshadows potentially low value, but it could also lead to very expensive consequences down the road.