When an electrical emergency strikes, searching for “electricians near me” or “local electricians” isn’t enough to find the help you need. The internet makes it easy to succumb to scammers!
Using unlicensed electricians is not only dangerous, it’s also illegal. Even without knowing, you could be liable for large fines.
To help you find the qualified help you need, here are three insightful questions to ask local electricians before hiring them.
- Are You Licensed?
Licensed electricians are held accountable for any mistakes made. This motivates them to avoid mistakes at all costs, making sure you’re fully protected!
They receive continuous training to stay up-to-date with the latest technology, legislative requirements, and codes of practice. Without a license, there’s no guarantee their work is safe, legal, up to code or your devices demands.
In fact, unlicensed electrical work can cost you $40,000 in fines. And if death or injury occurs, this shoots up to $600,000 for individuals and $3,000,000 for companies!
The risks aren’t worth the (potential) reward.
If the answer to this question is yes, ask for their license number and check online. Once you’re satisfied, move on to question two!
Pro Tip: check out the QLD Government’s Worksafe website!
- Are You Insured?
Any respectable electrician will be completely covered by insurance – as required by their license. This not only protects the electrician, but you too!
Without an insured electrician, you’re immediately liable for any damages or injury. Regardless of who, what, why, when – you will pay the price, not them.
This jeopardises your home insurance policy. If any unfortunate incidents occur, you’re in for a shock! Your insurance won’t cover it, leaving you with a costly catastrophe.
If they’re sure they’re insured, ask for their insurance certificate before moving on to question three.
- What Are Your Warranties?
Once work is completed and your local electrician has left, you don’t want any shocking surprises. That’s where warranties come in.
The materials, labour, and parts should all be covered in their contract. This way, you can be confident you’re protected long after they’ve left!
If the answer is yes, make sure to ask how long you’re covered for.
Pro tip: most certified sparkies offer a minimum warranty of 12 months.
The process is tedious, but worth it!
However, you could skip some steps and stick with us. At Bellingers Electrical, we boast a highly trained team of licensed and insured local electricians.
We’ll happily provide any information or references required – we’re proud of our results and reputation! All our work is up to code and your highest expectations.
Need local help? Call us today; we’re reliable and ready to help!