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What to look for when hiring an electrician

July 28, 2016

When you are hiring a professional to perform a service for you, you want to know that they are qualified, experienced and will deliver the results that they claim to.

This article will help you to identify some of the key things that an electrician should be able to demonstrate or display so that you can have peace of mind knowing you have hired the right person for the job.

Here is a checklist of the top things you should check before agreeing to hire an electrician:

 

What is their area of expertise?

 

As is the case with most professions, electricians will tend to specialise in particular service areas. When engaging an electrician, ask where their strengths lie, and what kinds of jobs make up the majority of their professional experience. Is this a close match to the kind of work you need? Can they provide examples of previous work carried out that is similar to what you require?

 

Qualifications and certifications

 

As a consumer, you should not feel obliged to assume that every contractor you encounter (and all their subcontractors) are fully qualified and licensed for the work they are carrying out. You are entitled to request to sight evidence of any necessary qualifications and licenses before work commences.

 

Insurance and liability cover

 

Always ask to see proof of insurance and liability cover before agreeing to hire an electrician or any other tradesperson. If you work with an uninsured electrician and they are performing work on your home or commercial property, you are exposing yourself to unnecessarily high levels of risk.

 

It’s simply not worth it, and you should be thorough in requesting this information before work commences.

 

Compare prices and ask for a cost breakdown    

 

A genuine quote should represent the cost breakdown of materials and labour involved to perform and complete the task. Use this as a guide to compare quoted prices from competitors, and become a more informed consumer.

 

Who exactly is doing the work?

 

Be clear about who exactly is carrying out the work you have requested. Often, your first point of contact with an electrical company won’t be the same person to actually carry out the work. Make the effort to meet the team who will be working on your home or business first, or at least have a chat over the phone.

 

Developing a friendly relationship with the people carrying out your electrical work is a great way of ensuring everything runs smoothly.

 

A schedule of how long work will take and a contingency plan for wet weather/interruptions

 

From time to time, circumstances will arise that can slow work down and that is simply a fact of life. What you can look for when hiring an electrician is an anticipated work schedule and also what the plan is if things are interrupted. Otherwise, you might find yourself with a half-finished job for several days which is less than ideal.

 

A commitment to safety

 

This doesn’t mean that your electrician does the bare minimum to maintain safe operating standards. A real commitment to safe practice when working with electricity should demonstrate continuous effort to go and above and beyond the regular standard.

 

If your electrician can show a long-term commitment to exceptional safety levels, this is a sign that they can be trusted to perform work on your premises. Hiring the right electrician doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Using a few of these straightforward questions when searching for a potential electrician will help you get the right people for the job.

 

If you’re considering hiring an electrician in Newcastle or the Hunter, contact GKT on 1300 766 324 for a free quote.

 

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