Everybody knows that electricity is dangerous. It’s something that’s drilled into us from an early age.
As such, when your home faces electrical problems, it’s completely natural to panic a little bit!
Set your mind at ease by hiring a reliable, professional electrician you can rely on for all your electrical needs going forward and who you can trust to always do the job for you.
But how does one go about finding such an electrician? Especially one trustworthy enough to put in your phonebook alongside your regular dentist, GP and accountant?
Luckily, Briggs’ Moorabbin electricians are here for you. If you’re looking for an electrician for life, all you need to do is follow this checklist here and you’re set!
Step #1: check for references
Finding a great electrician starts by doing your homework.
With so many electricians in Melbourne (a quick Google search brings up around 8 million hits!) doing your research is an essential first step.
Start by asking your friends, colleagues and family members for references. They’ll be able to tell you who they trust to work on their homes with great results.
Immediately, you’ll have a shortlist of local sparkies who have proven to your friends and family – your most trustworthy allies – that they’re up to the task.
Step #2: check their reviews
While word-of-mouth might help you build a shortlist, the next step to take is to investigate online reviews.
One thing to look out for when reading online reviews is mentions of repeat business. Any electrician that’s good enough to earn repeat business is worth keeping your eye on!
Other things to look out for in reviews include:
- The types of issues a customer had helps you understand the ability of your sparkie
- Comments about team members – using first names often means a customer had an outstanding experience with a team member
- The scope of jobs tell you how broad your electrician’s services are
- Other repeated qualities, like responsive, friendly, clean, and polite
Step #3: verify your electrician’s licenses and accreditations
Electricity is dangerous.
As such, you’ll want to entrust your home or commercial building to a fully-qualified, registered and licensed electrical contractor.
To do otherwise is to compromise your safety and invite danger – what happens if your dodgy electrician does a substandard job that isn’t up to code?
How do you go about avoiding this? By ensuring your electrician is fully-licensed and 100% above board.
While licensing requirements vary from state-to-state, in each state a license from the relevant building authority tells you your electrician is completely qualified. In Victoria for example, that entails:
- Holding a Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Electrician)
- Completing the standard 4-year apprenticeship
- Successfully sitting an electrician exam
These are the requirements for an A-Grade license – depending on the type of electrical license, these requirements might change.
Step #4: Choose local
When time is of the essence, you need an emergency electrician, and quickly too!
A local electrician is able to respond to emergencies much faster than one on the other side of the city.
In addition to that, a local electrician understands your local area. For example, some suburbs are more heavily populated by older homes, which have unique electrical considerations to remember.
Take Briggs Electrical, for example. We’re a Moorabbin electrician that focuses primarily on Melbourne’s Bayside area and inner suburbs. These are some of Melbourne’s more upmarket areas – in addition to run-of-the-mill jobs like installing power points or replacing faulty wiring, we get calls for plenty of “high-end” electrical jobs like:
- Security and CCTV system installation
- Home theatre installation
- Electrical work for home renovations
If you’re choosing an electrician for life, these are things you’ve got to think about.
Need a local electrician for life? Call Briggs Electrical!
While we’re a Moorabbin electrician, that doesn’t mean that’s the only area we serve. We extend our electrical services all over Melbourne.
If you’re in need of an electrician for life that ticks all the boxes (and beyond), get in touch with Briggs Electrical today.
If you need an emergency electrician or a reliable sparkie going forward, give us a call today.
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