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Selecting the Right Electrician: The Definitive Guide

Whether you’re having electrics installed into a new build or upgrading your existing ones, you’re going to want an experienced and trustworthy electrician on the job. Subpar electrical work can cause major issues that can even result in property damage and personal injury, so it’s important that the work is done right the first time around. But, how do you select the right? Well, keep reading and learn about the crucial points that should be considered when choosing the right electrician in West Melbourne.

Do your research

Hiring the first electrician that comes up is not the smartest idea – you should do your research to ensure you’re getting the best result. Call around, get some quotes, ask them about their experience and specifically about what work you require – you can usually gauge their professionalism by how they go about answering task-specific questions.

Chatting to friends who live nearby is also a good idea as you’re taking the word of a trusted friend rather than a stranger. Something to keep in mind is that the cheapest price doesn’t necessarily mean the best result. The last thing you want is a sparky who is going to cut corners just to get the job faster at a significantly lower price compared to others. If it’s too good to be true – it usually isn’t.

If you’ve used another tradesman before that you trust, then you can also consult them to see if they have a go-to electrician that they use. You can also look at official registries from NECA (National Electrical and Communications Association) or ESV (Energy Safe Victoria) to ensure you’re getting fully registered and licensed electricians – which brings us to our next point.

Only work with licensed and registered electricians

It’s illegal to contract electrical work in Victoria without a license and without being registered so it’s absolutely crucial that whoever you hire is fully licensed and registered with ESV. If you’re unsure whether or not the electrician you’re looking at hiring is licensed and registered, then you can check out samples of what the licenses look like.

To earn a license – an electrician must have completed the Licensed Electrician’s Assessment and hold a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (or an equivalent). Additionally, they must also have completed four years as an apprentice electrician and have a minimum of 12 months of experience carrying out electrical installation work. All the experience must be confirmed in writing by an employer as well as from the VRQA.

It’s also a requirement that after the electrical work has been completed, it must adhere to the relevant wiring standards defined under AS/NZS 3000:2007 as well as Victoria’s own regulations. The electrician is required to test the finished work to prove its adherence to said codes.

Ensure quotes are clearly defined

As we mentioned earlier, when looking for an electrician in West Melbourne you should gather quotes from various contractors – at least three or four – and compare them. Quotes for electrical work should be clearly outlined so there are no surprises in terms of both cost and work involved. This also falls on you to communicate clearly what you require and when you need the work done by.

Avoid paying cash

When it comes to services relating to your home, you’re going to want a paper trail. With cash, things can get a bit tricky as it’s harder to prove the transaction ever occurred in the first place if something were to go wrong. You should receive a fully itemised receipt for any payment you make for electrical work.

Choose someone who seems professional

Attitude is everything. At the end of the day, you’re going to be letting this person into your home so you’re going to trust them. Chat to them beforehand. Their attitude and customer service skills will indicate their level of professionalism. Skill and experience won’t account for much if you don’t feel comfortable or aren’t impressed with the interactions you have with them.

Are you looking for an electrician in West Melbourne?

Experience and good customer service skills are just a few of the perks our electricians here at Urban West Electrical carry with them. Our fully registered and licensed roster of approachable electricians can tackle a myriad of electrical tasks from handling new build electrics to installing CCTV cameras and handling home rewiring and switchboard upgrades. And, with an emphasis on community-centric service, you’ll be left with a smile on your face and quality electrical work in your home.

If you’re looking for a qualified and professional electrician in West Melbourne, then please don’t hesitate to contact us by filling out the enquiry form on our website or by giving us a call on 0417 113 129.