Your home is your castle, your refuge, and probably your biggest investment. You will need to hire a commercial electrician who will care for your home the way that they would care for his or her own. Finding the ideal person to do work around your home can be daunting and intimidating. We have all heard the horror stories that can occur when the wrong person is hired for the job. This is particularly significant when hiring an electrician. The protection of your home and family could be jeopardised by hiring the wrong person for the job. With our tips on how best to hire the ideal electrician you will feel secure and confident in your selection.
- Ask friends for recommendations and suggestions
Ask friends who they’ve hired and been happy and satisfied with. This goes beyond asking for just titles of recommended electricians. If friends have had electric work done recently, ask them what they wished they had asked before hiring an electrician. Also inquire what, if any, problems they encountered and how they would safeguard against the exact issues in the future. Learn from your friend’s experiences and you’ll get a smoother experience yourself.
- Check to make sure the electrician is licensed
All electricians in Australia should be properly licensed. When you hire a properly licensed electrician you’ll have the peace of mind that they’ve been properly trained and have the expertise you will need to correctly diagnose and solve any and all of your electrical needs.
- Be sure they are properly insured
Before allowing everyone to work on your house or property require them to offer proof of insurance. Typically, they should have a General Liability Policy with adequate limits. Make sure once you review the evidence of insurance it indicates the effective dates. Unfortunately, mistakes and accidents occasionally happen and knowing that your electrician has insurance can mean less stress for you.
- Interview your electrician
You will want to be certain you have a nice connection with your electrician. You’re likely to need to work with somebody who you can easily and effectively communicate with. The quickest and simplest way to learn whether you’ll work well together is by running a short interview. Here are some questions you should consider asking:
- How long have you been a licensed electrician?
- What do you enjoy about your work?
- How do you prefer to communicate?
- What challenges have you faced as an electrician?
- What job that you worked on are you most proud of?
A great electrician will have the ability to both listen to your concerns and issues and communicate effectively their ideas or answers. Good communication between you and your electrician is vital for a successful project. The interview is the best way to gauge their communication abilities.
- Ask the electrician for references
Any skilled and knowledgeable electrician should be able to supply you with a list of references which you can contact. Request a list of five to ten references that they’ve performed work for in the previous six months or year. Don’t hire anyone that can’t give you a list of references.
- Really contact the references
So many individuals get the list of references and then never bother to contact them. This is a very simple step which should always be followed up on. When contacting the references be certain that you ask them about the sort of work they’d done, how they came to seek the services of the electrician, and if they had work done. Ideally, you might want to confirm that your prospect has done your kind of work before, for somebody they aren’t friends with or related to, and that it had been done in the previous year. If you require electric driveway gates and one of the referees have had them installed over the past 12 months, enquire about their experience.
- Assess social media reviews
While it’s always important to take a number of those reviews with a grain of salt, social media review websites can offer a great indication of the quality of work and level of communication you may expect from a tradesperson. While we would never recommend hiring or not hiring someone only on the basis of a couple reviews on Facebook, it’s a great place to collect information. If there’s a review that worries you, such as faulty gate hardware, don’t be afraid to ask about it. This can help build rapport and confidence with your selection.
- Develop a plan with your plumber prior to hiring
For bigger projects, before you hand over that first payment you need to sit down and create a strategy. The plan should include:
- A quote
- Permits (if they’re required, how long they will take to secure, and how much they cost)
- A range of work for anticipated repairs
- Expected costs
- Payments (amounts, timing, and method)
- Anticipated program (including start date).
- During the consultation, you should also discuss any possible unforeseen conditions or possible additional expenses. This may be a simple five-minute conversation but those five minutes can save you plenty of money and time in the long run. Many problems occur because the parties weren’t on the same page from day one.