Residential and commercial electrical work is a little different. A small mistake can catch the fire and damage your property, and you should not take any risk with your electrical repairs. A licensed and experienced technician is also helpful as they know how to handle different kinds of electrical problems. Before selecting one of the electrical contractors, you must consider the following things:
1. Experience of electrical contractors:
If your contractor provides you with inexperienced technicians, it will be a risk to your electrical system and your safety. While doing electrical work for your house, hire someone who has years of experience, and you must check his license and certification before you hire. Hiring a skilled electrician is important because he can detect the issue of your electrical system within a few minutes, and he can fix the same within an hour.
2. License and insurance:
Every contractor or individual technician should have a license. The Australian government issues 4 types of licenses.
● Electrical Contracting Work- this license is issued to the electrical contractors.
● Electrical Installation Work- this license is issued to electricians and the validity of this license is 5 years.
● Electrical Training- this license is issued to apprentices; it will be valid till they complete their apprenticeship.
● Restricted Electrical Work- this license is issued to electricians who are allowed to perform a limited range of electrical work.
Before hiring anyone, you must check which license they have, and it is better to choose an electrician who has a master's license.
The licensed contractors do carry insurance, which is required by law. Insurance will be compensated if any accident or injury happens on-site. This saves you from extra cost, and you won't be liable to pay if any mishap takes place. Do ask the electrical contractors for insurance for all the technicians working on the premises. Do ask for a certified copy of the contractor’s license and insurance.
Reviews will give you a clear idea of their work. Many contractors do have their website on which reviews, feedback, and suggestions are posted. People do post reviews on Google and Yelp. If anyone has faced any bad experience, you will get to know. Ask them for their previous clients and if possible then talk to their clients to get some feedback about the contractor. Ask your relatives or friends if they have hired any electrical contractors or technicians whose work is good.
4. Guarantees and warranties:
Always ask the electrical contractors that you are going to hire for a guarantee of their work, professionals never hesitate in giving guarantees about their work as they are confident and proud of it. It gives you assurance about their work and trust is built. Warranty of their work is crucial. If you face any problem in the future, it can be solved with no extra charge. The warranty period varies from company to company, person to person. If you're not satisfied with their work, you can tell them to change the electrical fittings or system as guarantee will be replaced by warranty and the work will be done free of cost.
While you are searching for electrical contractors, ask them for their estimate and choose a contractor within your budget. Some companies do provide emergency services and you can call them 24/7. It is good to get quotes from more than one contractor so that you can compare and choose the best one with the most competitive price.
Before hiring an electrical contractor look at their license, knowledge, clients, services, reviews, and quotes. Safety should be your priority, don’t compromise it anywhere.