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Hiring an Electrician – What to Include on Your Checklist

Electricians are experts trained to handle anything electrical. Wiring, rewiring, repairs, and replacements for your electrical system must be handled by a qualified electrician. According to the NSW Fair Trading website, it is illegal for anyone other than a licenced electrical to handle the installation, repairs, alterations, removal, or addition of any kind of electrical installation. The information found there also states that it is an offence to do electrical work without a certificate or licence, and anyone, an individual or a company, found doing so can be subject to hefty fines. That being said, here are some things to put on your checklist before hiring a licenced electrician to work on your project.

Get quotes – Your initial step will be to get a number of quotes from local, licenced electricians who offer the type of work you want to have done. For instance:

  • Electrical systems –Look for sparkies who provide specific services for electrical systems such as alarm systems or home entertainment systems. Doing this gives you quotes from electricians who are experts in these kinds of systems so that you will get the best solutions for your home or business.
  • Rewiring – You will find that some electricians specialise in performing rewiring for homes and businesses. They are experts that know how to get it done quickly, efficiently, and safely.
  • Lighting – When you want the best solutions for your home or commercial lighting, get quotes from sparkies who specialise in handling lighting.

Compare quotes – Once you know the electricians you are getting quotes from are licenced, compare their quotes. Keep in mind that cheaper is not always better. You are looking for quality, not just cheap help. Note: Your quotes should include their trade licence number. If it’s not there, remove that company from your list.

Verify license – Before you allow the electrician to perform any work in your home or business, make sure they have their license information with them and that it is current and pertains to the work you are having done. These tradies also have to issue compliance certificates after the job is done. Refer to the NSW Fair Trading site about electrical compliance requirements.

Verify insurance – Ask them if they are fully insured and request proof of cover to protect yourself from accidents. If you hire an electrician who is not fully insured, you could be held accountable for accidents that may happen caused by their work.

Written contract – Getting a written contract is separate from getting a quote. A contract is a binding agreement between you and the electrician for the work being done. The contract should include their contact information, the date, the name of the company/electrician, and their business number or ABN. Hourly rates and why an exact price cannot be estimated should be included in cases where they are unable to provide an exact estimate.

This checklist will help you hire the right electrician. First and foremost, it’s essential to verify that the electrician you decide to hire is properly licenced. It isn’t difficult to find the local guidelines for licenced tradies online. This is how you cover yourself and ensure the electrical work on your home or business is done by qualified professionals.

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