How do you select the best electrician?
Do you simply enter “electrician” into Google search engine, pick the first electrician on the list and hope for the best? Do you call on a mate of a mate that is handy with the tools and can do the work on the cheap?
Not a very good idea. when choosing an electrician there are things that need to be checked:
- Qualifications: This would be my first question to the electrician: “Are you qualified?” In Western Australia any electrician who has completed his apprenticeship successfully will have an Electrical License. Don’t be afraid to ask for it. You can also click here to see if the electrician has a License.
- Insurance: Unless your electrician is covered by Worker’s compensation insurance you will be responsible for any accidents that happen to him (or his employees) whilst working on your job. Undoubtedly this could end up being a very, VERY expensive exercise. Your electrician should also be covered by Public Liability insurance. Remember, electricity is dangerous and things can (and do) happen.
- Reputation: Ask family, friends and work mates if they know of a professional electrician. Word of mouth recommendation is the best kind.
- Cost: We all want the best job done at the most cost effective price. However, in the case of hiring an electrician you do often get what you pay for. Be very wary of hiring on the basis of hourly rate only. Some electricians work faster than others and there is no way of telling how long the job is going to take. When considering quotes, make sure the electrician has itemised the quote and included ALL materials and labour. Some electricians will quote low initially only to load up the job with extras when hired. If you do ask for extra work to be done make sure that you are aware of how much it will cost.
- Warranty: Any electrician worth their salt should provide you with a written warranty for at least 12 months. The best electrician will offer 3 years labour guarantee!
- Personality: whilst the demeanour of your electrician may not matter if they are doing a quick job, it will certainly matter if you are doing a renovation, fitting out a shop or needing the electrician on a regular basis. Choose an electrician that you feel comfortable with, that is approachable and willing to listen to what you have to say. There’s nothing worse than having to deal with a stroppy or snappy tradesman!