D-I-Y is a good idea for many projects like carpentry, refurbishing, small building projects or painting. You can save tons of money by doing a lot of projects around the house by yourself. But is electrical work really a D-I-Y project? Working with electricity without proper certification can be dangerous and lead to disaster for you, your loved ones and your property. Why should you get a certified electrician to do the more complicated things?
- Damage to Property:
Improperly done electrical work can cause your wiring to melt in appliances, expensive equipment can be damaged and in the worst case even melt the wiring in your home or building.
- No Insurance:
Some insurance companies refuse payment for damages if your repairs are not done by a certified electrician.
- Casualty or fatality:
Working with electricity is dangerous and it can harm or even death if you don’t know what you are dealing with and the safety issues. Remember that a professional electrician spends many hundreds of hours learning about safety to get certified.
What do you look for when you have to hire electrical services?
Now you have decided to get electrical services and to hire a professional Sydney electrician to do the job safely. What should you be looking for before hiring electrical services?
- Find out what kind of work he/she has done in the past. It’s a good pointer to how they will work for you. Get references to make sure he is up to your standards.
- Does the electrician have a license? It’s best not to work with unlicensed ones. In the long run, you may have to pay for heavy damages. It’s most likely that an unlicensed electrician does not have insurance coverage for his work.
- Make sure your electrician has liability insurance with a large coverage. Small coverage may not cover damages to your property.
- Check out the electrician’s attitude. Is he listening to you when you talk about what you need to be done? Make sure he is straightforward about price.
- It’s a good idea to get a few estimates from different sources before you decide on an electrician.
- Find out who he will be subcontracting the job too.
- Try to get everything in writing in the contract.
- Go through the blueprints and plans the electrical specialist has made, ask for clarifications.
- Make sure you have all the permits you need. Your electrician should be able to guide you.
- Make sure to get lien releases from your contractor and any subcontract electrician he uses.
- Keep all correspondences and other documents related to the job.
- Get a contract completion document from the electrical services after the work is completed and all payments are made.
Home electrical fires account for more than 67,000 fires throughout the USA. Damage to self and property can be extensive. Make sure your appliances and equipment are in good working condition. Replace outlets and switches that look faulty, before someone gets hurt. Look for signs of electrical faults in your wiring and get it corrected as soon as possible. Electrical wiring wears out with time so look for signs that yours may need replacing. Call in a good electrician to do any extensive electrical work.