When you hire electricians to perform work on your home you not only want the job done at a competitive price, you want to feel sure that the work is of a competent standard. After all, the safety of your family could be at stake. The tips below will help you get value for money and find an electrician you can have confidence in.
The Best Price
Get more than one quote. Note, however, that hourly rates are not the only thing to focus on. An experienced electrician who carries a wide range of tools and charges a higher hourly rate may end up costing you less in the long run than a cheaper but inexperienced tradesperson.
These can have an impact on your costs so check with the electrician what their fee will be for travelling to your house.
Check that your electrician is properly qualified and registered with the Electrical
Workers Registration Board (EWRB). Licensed electricians will be familiar with all pertinent regulations and will work to approved standards.
Public Liability Insurance
Make sure any injury or damage caused by your electrician’s work is covered by their insurance.
If consent is required for any of your electrician’s work, make sure it’s applied for under their name, not yours.
Certificate of Compliance
When the work is completed ensure the electrician provides you with a
Certificate of Compliance (CoC). This is your assurance that the work complies with the New Zealand Electrical and Safety Standards. Keep the CoC safe as it may be required for insurance purposes or when you sell your house.
The Work Area
Clear the work area before your electrician arrives. The less time they spend moving furniture and clearing things out of the way, the more time they will have to actually get on with the job you’re paying them for.
Electricians don’t generally fix damage caused to plasterboard, landscaping, carpeting etc, during the course of their work, so factor these repairs into your budget.
By preparing beforehand, you’ll end up with electrical work that has been professionally carried out, and a bill that doesn’t take you for a ride.
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