Three Key Points Stratas Need to Check When Hiring an Electrician

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Work is never complete for a strata scheme or body corporate. There needs to be a constant level of maintenance and upgrades in order to keep the building in modern working order. This means that the organisation will find itself needing to hire electricians on a regular basis, and from a safety and performance point of view, it’s critical to hire the right electricians to do the job.

It is equally important to regularly engage with building inspections to ensure that all the work being done is of a high standard. Here’s a checklist that can be used by strata scheme or body corporate fellows when engaging with electricians, to ensure that all the work required is being done correctly:

Is the electrician properly licensed?

Laws vary by state in Australia, so ensure that you know what your area’s local laws are. Generally, it’s illegal for a person to be carrying out more than $5,000 in labour and materials without the correct license. So if you’re looking for an electrician for a large project, make sure they can demonstrate that they are licensed first.

Beyond the law, it makes good sense to ensure you’re working with a legitimate and qualified business, yet research shows that only 1 in 10 homeowners and building managers will go to the Fair Trading website to check if a tradesperson is properly licensed.

Additionally, are they licensed for insurance?

Not all contractor licenses are insured. In NSW, for example, it’s possible that the public register will list a licensed contractor, but with the condition ‘only for contracts not requiring insurance’. This stipulation means that the individual was unable to provide evidence for holding eligibility for insurance when applying for the contractor license.

It’s best practice to only ever hire properly insured and eligible contractors, but certainly for any job over $20,000 in value it should be essential that there is adequate insurance from everyone completing the work.

Will the electrician work to reasonable terms?

It goes without saying that the electrician should produce and guarantee good quality work, but beyond that you want to make sure that they’re able to work to a minimum set of terms. These terms should be:

  • Efficiency – with an option to charge by the project rather than by the hour
  • On-call for 24 hour service where needed, as a project in progress may experience an emergency
  • Good communication – you want an electrician that behaves professionally and is able to work as part of a broader project and with multiple other contractors if needed
  • Professional electricians will not tolerate substandard wiring or installations, so look into the body of work that an electrician has produced in the past, and use that to gauge the approach they will take to this project.

How to find the right tradespeople

Because there are so many electricians in the industry, it can be a challenge to find the right tradesman that is able to check all the expectations above. Luckily, you’re on the right page, because at Platinum Electricians we know how to provide five star service. Years of work in the industry means we know what it takes to be a great electrician, and we’re all about giving our customers the best experience possible. Why not get in touch with us today and see how we can help you with your needs?