If you are hiring an electrician, you want to make sure they are up to the job. Dodgy electrical repairs and wiring can be dangerous and could lead to further problems down the track. The best way to tell whether or not the electrician you are talking to is the right person for the job is to ask them some questions, but what information should you be finding out?
Here are seven questions you should ask an electrician before you hire them:
- Do you have the appropriate licensing?
This is not only important for your safety, but it’s a legal requirement.
- Do you have insurance?
A tradesperson who is working on your home should always have insurance, for your protection and theirs. If a faulty wiring job causes a fire, it’s their insurance that will mean the difference between losing your possessions and being able to claim compensation.
- What is your area of specialisation?
Some electricians specialise in specific jobs while others are all rounders. If you have a challenging or complex job, you will probably want to have someone who specialises in that particular type of work. If you’re looking for more all round maintenance and repairs, you want someone with a broad range of experience and skills.
- What is included in the quote?
Getting all the inclusions and exclusions upfront means that you won’t have to deal with hidden costs or disagreements over things like service fees and travel expenses, which are common sources of frustration. After all, you don’t want any surprises at the end of the day.
- Do you have references or testimonials from previous clients?
References are important as they tell you that the electrician you are speaking with is reputable and has performed well in the past. Any reputable tradesperson will be happy to provide you with details of previous happy customers, if they won’t, be wary.
- Will you be the one performing the work?
Many electricians work in teams and the person you speak to may not be the person who is actually doing the work. This means that you may need to check the credentials of the electrician who is actually working on your home as well as those of the person you speak to first.
- Do you offer any workmanship guarantee?
You don’t want to pay for someone to fix a job that was done badly so make sure you have some kind of assurances that any problems due to workmanship will be fixed, without additional charges.
Finding a balance between a skilled and experienced electrician and one that isn’t too costly can be difficult. At Captain Electric (REC 18185) you don’t have to choose. Our fully licensed electricians can provide you with quality results on time and on budget. Call us today on 1300 445 996 or visit us at www.captainelectric.com.au. Captain Electric – we go Above and Beyond.