Choosing an Electrician

by reno on January 15, 2019

Almost any renovation is going to involve some electrical work, which means you’re going to need an electrician.

Many renovators love the DIY approach, but this is a big no-no for electrical work. Not only is it illegal, but it’s deadly!

So how do you choose the right electrician for your renovation job?

Electrician renovating a kitchen.

Finding an Electrician

There are plenty of different ways to find an electrician. There’s the old school methods such as word-of-mouth and Yellow Pages (is that still around?!)

But many people go online now. Not just the online Yellow Pages, but the many ‘find a tradie’ type websites which are around now.

Some of these sites just give you a phone number or an email address (just like an online directory) whilst some actually allow you to post your job and have tradies submit proposals for your job.

One of the most well known services of this type is hipages. Others that are less well known, but still big, include One Flare and Service Seeking.

Whether you should go with one of these options, or go with the more traditional methods, really depends on your preference.

If you like to speak with a tradie on the phone to explain your job and get a feel for them, then you might be better of finding an electrician via word-of-mouth or a directory.

But if like many people you’re now used to doing everything online and prefer not to initiate a phone call, then the online services which allow you to post your job might be more suitable.

Checking Their Licence

So once you’ve found an electrician you need to make sure they’re actually qualified.

In theory this is pretty easy, as most states in Australia require that electrical contractors are licensed, and in order to be licensed they need to be qualified.

So if your electrician can show you their licence, then you can be fairly sure they are trade qualified.

Are They Insured?

Things can go wrong during electrical work, so it’s important to ensure your sparky has the right insurance in place.

As the customer, the insurance you need to be most concerned about is public liability.

This form of electrician insurance will cover events were the tradie has caused property damage or personal injury to you or other third parties on your property.

Checking your electrician’s public liability insurance is easy. Just ask them for a copy of their certificate of currency. Any reputable sparky will have no issues providing this to you.

Checking Their Reviews

Unless you’re using an electrician that has been recommended to you by someone else, you might want to look into their reviews before using them.

There are plenty of ways for people to leave reviews for a business online, so that’s the first place to start looking.

Search for the electrician’s name or business name in Google and see what comes up. If anyone has left reviews via Google, they should show up here.

Next up find their profile on Facebook and any other social medial networks. These can also yield good (or bad) reviews about the business.

Some of the ‘find a tradie’ websites we listed above also show reviews and ratings for tradies. So even if you don’t want to use those websites, you might want to check them out anyway to view the reviews.

Best of luck in your search for an electrician for your renovation project!

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