Top Tips For Choosing The Right Electrician For The Job
Electrical problems are not something to mess around with. If you are experiencing any issues with the electricity in your home or commercial building, it is absolutely critical that you find a skilled and experienced Christchurch electrician right away to diagnose and fix the electrical problem as soon as possible. Here are some important tips to help you choose the right tradesman for the job.
Identify the electrical problem or project that you want to have done.
Many Christchurch electricians specialise in certain types of electrical work or projects, so it is important to have a good understanding of what type of work you need to have done. Having an electrical emergency may require a very different response than if you need to rewire for a new home appliance. Get price quotes from several companies with specific experience in the type of work that you want to have done.
Ask for referrals.
Ask family members, neighbours, friends and co-workers if they know of a good contractor that they can recommend to you. Quite often personal referrals from someone you know and trust is the best way to find a qualified professional who will do a good job.
Call at least three different companies.
Ask about their experience, both in terms of how long they have been in business as well as the specific types of jobs they have worked on. Also, ask for references from past customers. Get a price quote and enquire about insurance and qualifications.
It is very important to make sure the company you hire is properly registered. A tradesman who has the proper registration is adhering the law and is also one who has undergone the proper training that it takes to become registered. Information about registration can be obtained from the Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand.
The electrical firm should carry liability insurance. This will cover any accidental damage that may occur in your home or workplace, while the work is being undertaken. Ask for proof of insurance and be certain the policy has not lapsed or expired.
When you are considering your options, get references from several past customers. Check the references by calling the referees to ask about their personal experiences working with the specific electrical firm. Find out if the job was done within the budget and on time.
Get an estimate on your electrical job.
Once you have thoroughly checked out the company’s level of experience, registration, insurance and references and they have passed all of the checks, it is time to ask for a written estimate. It is a good idea to get several quotes so that you can compare several different firms on price as well as other characteristics that are important to you.
Cheaper is not always better.
As the old saying goes, you usually get what you pay for. Your goal should not be to find the cheapest price. Instead, you want an experienced contractor who also charges a reasonable fee. Very cheap prices, in fact, could be a red flag that indicates the a tradesman may cut corners and not do quality work, in order to charge very low rates.
Make sure the proper permits are obtained.
An experienced electrical business will be familiar with what permits are necessary and handle all of the details. Just make sure this is included in the job specification you are hiring the company for.
Availability is very important when it comes to making your decision. You also need a professional who will be available once the work is complete, just in case a problem comes up. For longer projects, you will also want a work schedule, so that you will know the duration of the project and have a good estimate of when the project will be complete.