How to sort the competent electricians from the cowboys
Do not make a quick decision when hiring an electrician. Choosing the wrong one can have a devastating impact on your property and your finances. We have gathered the top 10 tips for hiring an electrician in Batemans Bay.
The following guide will leave you feeling confident you’ve hired the right electrician for the job.
1. Always check your electrician is licenced
Australian electricians must be licenced. It’s a legal requirement. If your Batemans Bay electrician doesn’t have a licence, they’re not electricians at all. Never rely on someone’s word that they’re licenced. You should ask for a copy of their licence or their licence number. We have no problem sharing our licence details with you. You’ll even find them on our homepage.
Never rely on a skilled handyman or mate to complete your electrical work. If they get it wrong, the ramifications can be deadly. Using an unlicenced electrician might also mean that your insurance is deemed void.
2. Make sure your electrician is insured
If your Batemans Bay electrician isn’t insured, neither are you. Most electricians don’t have the financial capacity to replace your home if something goes wrong. That’s why all good electricians carry insurance. Your chosen electrician shouldn’t have any problem in supplying you with a copy of those insurances. Check them with the insurance company to make sure all insurances are still current. At a minimum, your electrician should carry liability insurance and workers compensation insurance. At Bay Coast Electrical and Control Solutions we carry: $20 Million Public Liability Insurance, $20 Million Products Liability Insurance, Professional Indemnity Insurance, Icare Workers Compensation.
3. Check your electrician’s experience
Make sure your Batemans Bay electrician does the kind of work you need to be done. If you need a Level 2 Electrician , make sure your electrician has those qualifications. If you need someone to fix a piece of equipment, make sure your electrician has the know-how and the tools required to fix it. Bay Coast Electrical and Control Solutions are Level 2 Electricians, and we have extensive experience. We can do most things. If we can’t meet your requirements, we’ll tell you straight.
4. Check references
If your Batemans Bay electrician isn’t recommended by somebody you know and trust, ask for references. There is no better evidence of a job well done than a satisfied customer.
5. Don’t focus on hourly rates
You might end up better off when you hire the more experienced, more established electrician. Why? Because they have the experience needed to get the job done efficiently. It won’t take them all day to do a two-hour job. An experienced electrician will be able to give you a projected timeline for your job. An inexperienced electrician is more likely to give you the “How long is a piece of string” answer.
There’s also the question of quality. It’s imperative that your electrician knows what they’re doing. If you hire the wrong antenna installer, you might not get to watch your favourite show but hire the wrong electrician, and you could be looking at a fire or severe injury. At Bay Coast Electrical and Control Solutions, we believe we’ve struck the right balance between experience and a very reasonable rate.
6. Travel charges
If you live outside the Batemans Bay area in a more remote part of the South Coast, travel costs can be exorbitant. Make sure you ask about travel costs upfront to ensure you don’t get a nasty surprise when your electrician’s invoice arrives.
7. Ask about a warranty
This is an important question to ask. Find out how long your Batemans Bay electrician guarantees their work. You don’t want to find out after a service is complete that the electrician doesn’t willingly warrant their work. At Bay Coast Electrical and Control Solutions, we offer warranties on all installation works and a limited warranty on products.
We’re a little bit fussy too. We only use quality products and won’t install cheap brands that are renowned for faults.
Many of our South Coast electricians are fans of the beach and all that comes with it. Trades in the area have developed a reputation for going AWOL when the weather is good! You want to deal with electricians that you know will show up. At Bay Coast Electrical and Control Solutions, we’ll show up even if the surf’s up.
9. Plain English
If your electrician tries to bamboozle you with technical speak, beware. An experienced electrician will speak to you in plain English. They’ll use analogies, draw simple diagrams and explain what the problem is. At Bay Coast Electrical and Control Solutions, we’ll explain why work is necessary using language that you can understand.
10. You’re equipped
These 10 tips for hiring an electrician in Batemans Bay prove that you’re now qualified to make a smart decision!
Book the right electrician for your next electrical job.