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What to Look Out For When Hiring an Electrician

Why you need to ensure your electrician is licensed and insured

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Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there who do electrical work despite not being a professional, trained electrician. From your ‘Do-It-Yourself-ers to those dodgy rogue electricians have no license or insurance but lure in customers with low prices. Some rogue electricians think it is fine to replace a light switch or powerpoints without professional training and licensing – but even a relatively ‘simple’ job like this requires the right know-how and experience to be done properly. Rogue traders often leave people with switches still not working correctly or with wiring that was ‘repaired’ in such a bad way that it is in danger of starting a fire. So how can you avoid this? Well, use a licensed insured electrician who has years of experience with jobs of all sizes. The Sydney electricians from Electrician To The Rescue are fully licensed and insured with all the training they need to do any and all electrical work around your home safely.

Never let anyone try to convince you that they know what they are doing and that they don’t need a license – not only does unlicensed electrical work mean your insurance won’t pay out of there is a problem, but it puts both you and your family in harm’s way. You are always best to report rogue electricians to NSW Fair Trading – don’t let them put someone else’s life and home at risk! While you may think a Sydney electrician charges more than a local one man band, and it’s worth the risk to employ someone who quotes lower on the job, it’s important to remember any money you spend on your home is a long term investment. You are paying a fully licensed and skilled electrician for his skills and knowledge. You are paying for the safety and the peace of mind that comes from knowing a job is well done. You’re also investing in your home and should there be a problem you need a guarantee that your electrician will warranty their work for life. A cheap and shoddy job doesn’t come with any of these guarantees.

Electrician To The Rescue provides you with a written quote up front, this way you get no nasty surprise when the work is completed. We are always here and available to help, we have an on time guarantee so you don’t spend hours waiting around for your Sydney electrician to turn up. Thanks to our fast response and dispatch we get to you when you need us, from an emergency repair to a ceiling fans we are there for you 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Red Flags to Look Out For

People often overlook some important things when it comes time to hire electricians Sydney which can lead to the need to call an electrician time and time again to fix the same problem. For the customer this means that they are spending more and more money they don’t need to. So before you reach for the phone and call electricians Sydney there are a few simple things you need to consider when hiring an electrician.

Is the electrician qualified, experienced and licensed?

It’s always a good idea to ask if the electrician has had experience in doing the type work you require, this will let you make an informed decision on whether they can handle the work. The team at Electrician To The Rescue are fully licensed and insured and not only have the training but the experience needed to complete any type of electrical work for you. You can rest assured that the work will be of a high standard and carried out in a timely and safe manner.

Is the electrician insured?

It is smart to make sure the electricians Sydney you choose are fully insured. This gives you the peace of mind of knowing everything is covered just in case there is an accident while the electrician is carrying out his work. The professional electricians Sydney at Electrician To The Rescue will give you peace of mind as they are fully insured to cover all costs if something happens.

How much do they charge?

It’s important when you hire an electrician that you have a checklist of what needs to be done and ensure that the quote you get includes all of your works in the final price. This will avoid any nasty surprises at the end of the day. Always ask for an on the spot quote whilst the electrician is on site, and ask your electrician if they can recommend any alternative solutions to the problem. This way, you can decide up front if the job is affordable, and you may find that there is a more economical solution to the issue that will save you money.

Customer feedback

Does the electrician have any testimonials? References are a great help when deciding who to employ to carry out electrical work around your home, from fault finding to installing a power point, if you have heard or read good things about the tradesman on review sites, you won’t have to worry when you hire them for the job.

How to spot a rogue trader

Everyone is usually good at spotting something, whether it may be good deal in your local grocery store, or a dodgy vehicle at your closest car dealer- but when it comes to award winning electricians you have to be particularly observant, because the ones that you need to look out for are the rogue or unlicensed traders in the industry. Let’s face it, all electricians in Sydney need to be licensed and an electrical license is more than just a piece of paper – a license protects YOU by stopping unqualified people from practicing the trade and lets you know who is a professional and who isn’t.

Having an accredited electrical license is essential under NSW Fair Trading law. The license holds an electrician responsible for all work at residential, commercial and industrial properties, and guards off any possibilities of work conducted that may be of an illegal or incompetent nature. It is for this reason that not just *anyone* obtains a license. We’ve all heard about rouge trader’s leaving home owners with huge bills and shoddy jobs that leaves the homeowner and their family at risk. Common problems include poor wiring and fittings, lack of knowledge about compliance issues, and other setbacks which may occur as a result of faulty handling.

Remember, when it comes to electrical work only deal with electricians in Sydney who are fully licensed, just like Electrician To The Rescue. So how do you know the person coming to your home that is carry outing out the work is a licensed electrician?

  • They turn up in a work vehicle that doesn’t have any *advertising* on it
  • They provide an estimate on paper that doesn’t have any registered business name, ABN or license number
  • You ask to see their license but they don’t have it with them or make up an excuse why they don’t have it on them
  • They only accept cash – or say if you pay in cash then you’ll receive a discount
  • You can’t find a listing for them online or in the phone book
  • They work odd hours, only on weekends or after hours – evenings and nights
  • They can’t produce references or customer testimonials

At the end of the day you should NEVER hire a rogue trader/unlicensed electrician. Hiring one is just dangerous and could cost you your home or your life. The electricians in Sydney from Electrician To The Rescue are licensed and skilled technicians who pride themselves on a job well done. Call Electrician To The Rescue for any advice or jobs that need to be done, on 1800 893 218, or click here to book online!

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