24 Jun Tips to Choose a Reliable Electrical Contractor
Electrical issues have a way of cropping up all of a sudden. At that point of time, the only thing on your mind is that you should be able to contact an electrician who will deal with the issue without delay. If you look online, you will find that Sydney has a large number of electrical companies, big and small and you may feel that identifying a good electrician shouldn’t be much of a challenge.
This could be no further from the truth. There’s much more to zeroing-in on the right electrical contractor that than. As a matter of fact, if you aren’t too particular about who you are hiring for the job that can easily lead to a major fire break-out on your property. This is something you want to avoid under all circumstances. The very first things to take into consideration are:
- Type of work that’s being done
- Do you need an electrician at all?
- Check whether the professional you hire is registered as an electrical contractor and has the required license
- Where is the company based?
- Check on the reliability and trustworthiness of the electrician
- Check what his pricing structure is like
So, when would you need an Electrician?
It’s common knowledge that you would need an electrician to install/ replace/repair/maintain electrical systems. In our country, you are legally permitted to replace light bulbs and operate electrical appliances in just the manner they are designed to be operated. Apart from that, all electrical jobs should be handled by a certified and insured electrician and this can include:
- Power point installations
- Installing downlights and connected transformers
- Replacing plugs on electrical appliances you have brought from overseas
- Fixing broken electrical fittings
- Wiring and rewiring
- Replacing or installing circuit breakers
- Checking blown fuses
- Installing smoke alarms
- Replacing switchboards
- Electrical audits and electrical maintenance
Things to look for
The rule of thumb is that even if you feel a particular job is very minor and you know exactly what you’re doing, it’s important that you call an electrician. It’s vital to understand that any type of DIY electrical work can be extremely dangerous – it can result in fire, damage, injury as well as death. Here are the things you should be looking for when you are choosing an electrical contractor:
- Look for a local electrician as this will be much more convenient than waiting around for someone who is based far way. Not only will it take them longer to get to your property, but they may end up charging higher rates to compensate for the travel time and expense.
- If it’s not an emergency you are calling an electrician in, get multiple quotes for the job and compare them. You will find that each contractor charges different rates, don’t hire one whose rates are either too high or too low.
- Check with contractors you trust. Most builders and contractors know some electricians. If you know someone who is doing or has done some work for you, they should be able to tell you which electrician to hire.
- Check the electrician’s license. A credible electrician will never hesitate to show you this. If he does, that should be a red flag and it’s best not to hire that person. You can double-check his licensing details via the Electrical Licensing and Regulator site www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au
- It’s important that the contractor provide safety certificates for all the work he does for you.
We at Allround Electrical are licensed and insured electrical contractors; we can rectify all types of electrical faults and provide a range of electrical services. For more information, contact our friendly team today at this number – 1300 169 263. You can also write to us at this email address.
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