Power failures and electrical mishaps can be infuriating at best and life-threatening at worst. It’s absolutely critical that you only hire a qualified, experienced electrician who has the skills to tackle the issue you’re facing. Here are some key questions to ask any electrician before you commit to hiring them so you can ensure you’ve got the best person for the job. 

Can You Show Me Your Licence and Industry Credentials?

The electrician you choose should hold a licence and further industry credentials as recognised and certified in the state you live in. Ask your potential electrician if they’re a certified member of any relevant industry associations and what certifications they hold. This is important, as your electrician may need a higher level of qualification to carry out the work you need. For example, only Level 2 electricians are able to upgrade switchboards.

Read more: What Is a Level 2 Electrician in NSW?

Can I See Your Insurance Certificates?

You should never take chances when it comes to safety – financial or otherwise. Check that the electrician is covered by insurance for professional indemnity; this will prove that they are qualified to perform the work, and it also covers any financial losses in the case of missed appointments or declarations. Make sure to check the good standing of any insurance so that you are adequately covered.

Can You Tell Me More About Your Background and Experience?

Consider the background and experience of the electrician you intend to hire. Ask them about their experience in the industry and the types of projects they have recently completed. This will give you an idea of their depth of understanding and the potential challenges they may be able to resolve. You may even be able to view some of their previous work as further reference.

Can You Give Me A Project Plan and Estimate?

When budgeting for your electrical job, you should ensure that you have an accurate idea of how much you’re going to pay for it. Therefore, communication with the electrician is key to understanding all the costs associated with the job. Ask the electrician for a project plan and detailed cost estimate rather than just a quote – helping you make an informed decision before committing to it. 

What Are Your Safety Standards and Policies?

Safety is of critical importance when it comes to electrical work. Whether it’s routine maintenance or upgrading your home’s electrical system, safety protocols should always be followed to the letter. That’s why it’s essential to ensure that your chosen electrician abides by the local safety standards as well as industry best practices. This will help to reduce any potential risks and give you the assurance that your job will be safely and effectively managed.

What Are Your Rates and Payment Terms?

When you’ve established the scope of the job and the complexity of the work to be done, it’s time to discuss payment. Make sure to ask the electrician about their rates and payment terms so that you’re both clear about your expectations. It’s important to ensure that you receive an itemised invoice for the work that’s been completed. This should outline the exact materials used and the work that’s been performed so that you can check it against the agreed-upon project plan and estimate.

When trying to find the right electrician for the job, there are a few key things to ask to ensure you’re getting the best service. At AJ Services Group, we’re happy to provide our clients with honest answers to all of the above questions and more. Contact us today to get your specific electrical needs taken care of quickly and safely.

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