5 Questions to ask before hiring an Electrician
If you’re planning on hiring an electrician, it’s important to find the right one. There are so many different options out there, and so many electricians that claim to be the best in their area, but it can be difficult to know who to hire and how much to pay them. To make sure you find the best person for the job, ask yourself these five questions before making your decision.
1. Are you a licensed electrician?
All electrical work done in any home or business should be compliant and completed by a licensed electrician. It is important to ask an electrician coming into your home if they are licensed and if they will issue a certificate of compliance for the work they are going to do. By issuing a Certificate of Compliance of Electrical Work, you will are assured the work complies with Australian Standards and was carried out by a licensed electrician and they will be accountable for their work. As in any trade, there are shortcuts that can be taken but such shortcuts can be dangerous and negligent so ensuring electrical work is done the right way is vital for your family’s safety. Furthermore, a reputable licensed electrician has completed all ongoing and relevant electrical and safety training to keep up with the latest in electrical standards. All Hornsby Electric electricians are fully licensed. Did you know you can check on Service NSW to ensure a tradie is licensed for the type of work you want to be done? You can also see if they have ever been suspended or had restrictions imposed on their licence.
2. Do you have a workmanship guarantee?
Hornsby Electric offers a 100% lifetime guarantee on all workmanship. We believe every customer deserves a warranty visit if they have a question about the work we carried out. If it’s ever a workmanship issue, will fix it with integrity at absolutely no charge to you. Asking if the work is guaranteed provides great peace of mind in knowing the electrician doing the work will be motivated to provide the best service and will be accountable if there is an issue.
3. Are you local?
This is an important question to ask. Although you may not need an electrician as often as you need your local grocery store, it is great to have a relationship with someone truly local. These days there are many businesses that claim to be local, but they service all of greater Sydney. Local electricians are often available at short notice if you need them. Hornsby Electric is truly local, our team all live locally, our customers are local and we support local businesses.
4. Are you available in an emergency?
It’s vital to have an electrician who is able to drop everything to prioritise an emergency, like no hot water or a power outage.
5. Do you supply and use only high-quality materials?
It’s often a good idea to ask your electrician’s advice on materials and ask them to supply them as well as install them. Sure, you can get a cheap sensor light from Aldi special buys, or a basic smoke alarm from your local Bunnings. But getting your materials from a reputable electrician has a better chance of ensuring you are receiving a quality product that is going to last the test of time. We select materials for reliability and actually double the manufacturer’s warranty on some materials we supply, that’s how confident we are in the materials we supply. A great example is LED downlights. You can get your own, but we have had plenty of instances where we have replaced failed downlights within the first two years of their life, whereas the downlights we supply are a set-and-forget option, which may last for 25 years, or even longer.
Choosing an electrician should be a well-considered decision and you are more than entitled to ask them some questions to gauge if they are a good and reliable electrician who has your safety and comfort at the top of mind. Call us on 02 9477 2550 or book online today. Hornsby Electric has been servicing residents and businesses in Sydney for over 50 years. Our team of local electricians are hand-picked to uphold the exceptional customer service we are renowned for.