Tips and trends in partial or full shop refitting

Tips and trends in partial or full shop refitting

A Commercial electricians experience with refitting shops and offices

As an commercial electrician we are often called to look at changes that have to be made to electrical systems in shops and offices. We see more and more that owners are not completely changing everything by doing a full blown renovation, but often opt for a few changes to update the spaces and make sure it all stays fresh. It is obvious owners who do not want to do full renovations are regularly considering the look and feel of the offices and shops as they feel that a small change often is a more economical way to go than letting it all run untouched for a long time and than having to completely renovate.

If we look at retail specifically, we see that successful retailers see their shop concept as a valuable asset. They often want to make small changes so they can surprise their regular customers and keep the experience of visiting their shop exciting. This is very important in this day and age where internet shopping gets more and more important. Keeping your loyal customers happy is paramount.

Cost of changing electrical wiring in Commercial Environment

As Commercial Electricians in Brisbane we often get asked the question what a small change to the fit out of the shop would cost. And often owners are surprised that the cost is really not as high as they thought it would be. The good thing about a well setup electrical and data cabling system in a commercial environment is, that changes actually usually are easier to implement than in many residential environments. A good Commercial Electrician keeps changes in mind when designing a new office or shop fit out. This is a very different approach from a residential design where we are usually far less flexible due to the way a house is built.

It is very satisfying to see that especially retailers in fashion, jewelry and opticians have recently been making changes to their shop fronts and have had a lot of success with this without breaking the bank! As Commercial Electricians we love to be involved in these projects that are usually led by a designer.

Role of a designer in commercial shop and office fit out

The designer will discuss the situation with the owner and will need to have a good look at what is not working in a specific shop. Have a look at what is old, dark, uninviting, dirty looking, boring or not logical. Just focusing on improving these areas often can bring fantastic results. As Commercial Electricians Brisbane we have our input in this often, as lighting of areas in a shop can make a huge difference. Customers are also sensitive to trends in lighting, although we notice this is often not something people realize! Modern lighting systems are appreciated, but not really noticed. Interesting!

Another part of a partial renovation or uplifting of a retail or office space is off course that it gives us the opportunity to at the same time improve network cabling systems. Changes in our requirements regarding access to computer systems and internet are changing almost daily, and we notice this in the questions we get asked as Data Cabling Specialists.

So to conclude we see that many successful retailers are shifting from full renovations of their shop fronts to more often creating minor changes to keep clients interested. This is a great strategy that  is easier to finance and causes far less disruption of business. As a Commercial Electrician in Brisbane we are often part of full renovations and smaller changes. A good design at the start is important to keep the cost of desired changes later down.

Would you hire an electrician?

Would you hire an electrician?

Considerations when something needs to be done around the house.

It often happens that something small or larger needs to be done regarding the electricity in the house. This can happen when a few changes are being done or planned around the home, but also when there is simply something that does not work correctly anymore. That is the moment you need to decide if an electrician needs to be contacted.  

It can of course be dangerous if you have never done any electrical work before and do not have the right knowledge. Yet you wonder whether you should hire an electrician or not. The answer is clear to us! 

What kind of a job is it? And can you do it yourself?

To begin with, you have to ask yourself if you can do the job yourself or if you need to get a professional. For example, replacing a lamp you can usually easily do yourself with the necessary tips, depending on the kind of lamp. For these kinds of chores it would be a shame to pay for an electrician.

For complicated jobs such as pulling wiring, installing wiring and connecting a new group in the meter cupboard, it is really recommended to have this done by an electrician. For these jobs, expertise is an advantage and it can be dangerous if you try to do this yourself. Of course, hiring an electrician involves costs, but you can not take the risk yourself. If you are doing the work yourself, you can easily end up with a lot more costs if something goes wrong.

Another aspect is the fact that doing work to your electrical systems is illegal. You will need to consider this aspect as well. Especially if something goes wrong you can end up in big trouble as well, and you are legally liable for damages to people and property. You really do not want to think what would happen if you make a mistake and a house catches fire. Not only can life be lost, loss of property can be very expensive and bring a lot of heartache with it.

The cost of hiring an electrician vary per job. For example, the connection of new kitchen equipment is done in such a way that it can be done relatively quickly, depending on what you have chosen, but more complex jobs can take up entire days especially when wires need to be pulled and complex systems need to be installed. When you have a job that needs to be done, it is recommended to contact the local electrician. Ask for advice and possibly a quotation. That way you know exactly what you are in for.