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Choosing the Right Electrician

22 November 2019

Choosing the Right Electrician

How To Choose The Right Electrician

Pick the electrician that’s right for the job.

Not every electrician does the same thing. Some electricians only do domestic installations and repairs, some specialize in industrial work on factories and equipment, some on civil projects, installing infrastructure for new building sites, and then there are commercial electricians working on large scale projects.

Even with the electrical businesses specializing in domestic work you have your options. There are those businesses that specialize in solar power, others who focus on data, creating connectivity throughout your home between your audio systems, lighting, and security. And there are those who generalize, know a little about everything, and have a network of knowledge to call upon among their staff members.

As a domestic customer, we tend to only call an electrician when something goes wrong, but not every electrical job has to be an emergency. By planning your electrical work, you can choose the right electrician for the job.

If you’re planning a renovation or a job that requires special tools, take the time to research your local electricians to find out what they do. Check out their websites and if they have any Google, Yelp, or Facebook reviews. If they have a Facebook profile, you can also see how involved in your community they are and get to know your electrician a little better

If you have an emergency, you may feel more restricted as to who you can use. You need their help now.

Emergency home electrical repairs

Electricians that work in construction are less likely to do emergency call-outs compared to those working in the domestic market. They may not even answer their phones if you are calling on the weekend or after hours, and if you do reach them, and they do come out, chances are they will be more expensive simply because this may not be the work that they want and their business isn’t set up for it cost-wise.

However, an electrician in the domestic market will often have staff on call to assist and an after-hours contact number. If you have used the electrician before, and have built a relationship, they may know the problem even before they walk through the front door.

Because they work with domestic electrical problems every day, they will have the equipment on hand to assess the issue and should be able to tell you within 30 minutes. Depending on the issue, they will be able to give you the option to fixing it then and there or maybe placing a temporary fix and coming back in normal hours, where you won’t be charged the higher hourly rates that come when you have to call someone at night or on weekends.

The easiest way to figure out if an electrician is right for your project is to simply give them a call and discuss exactly what it is that you are trying to achieve.

Know who it is that you are letting into your home

For many people, it can feel strange to let someone into your home, a good electrician and a professional company knows this and will endeavor to put your mind at ease. Recognizable and locally well-known brands know how important this is and any reputable electrical company will always operate professionally and expect the same from their staff members.

What a good electrician will do:

  • Call before arrival and confirm their name
  • Arrive in a well-branded vehicle
  • Introduce themselves at the door
  • Show the homeowner their company provided photo identification
  • Hold a current Working with children check
  • Have a National Police Background Check

And, with our family’s safety always a priority, it’s always comforting to know that many electricians also now hold Police checks as well as Working with Children. Because of the jobs they do, the team at O’Brien Electrical Narre Warren hold current Police Checks and Working with Children Checks. This means that no matter what the time is, and who’s home, you know you’re in good hands.

O’Brien Electrical Narre Warren’s electricians have been working in the South East suburbs of Melbourne for over 20 years, this means that we fully understand the unique conditions and have a wealth of knowledge to call on. When it comes to your home electrical projects and emergency repairs you are in safe hands.

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