According to a 2009 study published by the National Fire Prevention Service, faulty or badly installed wiring is the number one cause of house fires in Australia? For this reason when you’re looking to hire an electrician you need to make sure you’re employing someone you can trust. With this in mind, here are 4 considerations you might need to follow.
Insurance and licensing
Did you know that even though each state has different policies on electrical safety standards, its illegal to undertake any repairs or electrical work without the right license. Therefore if you hire a person without the right paperwork, not only might you stand the chance of receiving a less than stellar job putting yourself in danger, you could also be in a whole world of trouble with the authorities too.
It goes without saying that you want someone who understands the job and knows just what they’re doing. After all, this is electricity we’re talking about here! So experience in the particular field that the project is in is key. For example, a commercial electrician who deals in mainly construction might not be particularly ‘au fait’ with a complete residential re-wire and vice versa. Therefore before you hire them, ask about relative experience in the same type of projects.
For added surety you might also want to choose an electrician that belongs to an electrical association. Australia has several that serve to regulate standards amongst electrical professionals. These include the Energy Supply Association of Australia, National Electrical Contractors Association, Master Electricians Australia and the National Electrical and communications Association.
How much is it going to cost?
As a customer you want to make sure you get value for money. That’s not necessarily opting for the cheapest quote, but instead it’s the company who delivers the best service at the right price. For this reason it pays to get at least three quotes so that you’ll have a ballpark figure with which to know how much the job should be worth. Remember the company who delivers the most ‘bang for your buck (hopefully not literally) is the company you might want to consider, so get them to give you a breakdown so that you can compare individual costs.
If you’re looking for a fully licensed electrical company who have the experience and the skills to deliver a correct and safe job, then contact Static Electrics Brisbane. We’ve been helping commercial and residential customers with electrical problems and much more for many years. Why not contact us on 0429 139 039 and let us give you a quote today.