How do I know what I should be paying? How do I avoid bill shock?
At a time where we are all watching our budget and trying to avoid any costly surprises, these questions are two of the most common questions asked. And while no two electrical problems are the same, if you understand how electricians work and what we are looking for, you will also know what questions to ask and how to know if a quote is higher than it should be.
Is it normal to be charged for a quote?
O’Brien Electrical Narre Warren will charge you to come out and assess the problem, providing a quote for the job at hand. This fee is to cover the cost of our licensed electricians while onsite however, should you proceed with the quote, the fee will be taken off the overall cost.
What does the hourly rate cover?
Hourly rates advertised for an electrician can range from $80 to $180 per hour but when looking for the right electrician, it’s important to ensure you are comparing apples with apples.
The first thing to check is that your electrician is licensed and qualified to do the job you need. In Australia, an electrician will undertake 4 years of training through an apprenticeship with a licenced electrician. Completing their apprenticeship, the electrician may then undertake a further year of training to become licensed. This enables them to work independently and sign off on jobs completed.
With the electrical industry rapidly evolving with the continuing innovation of electrical products made for home and business, electricians continue their training with industry bodies to ensure that they can help their customers with the latest changes to electrical codes and new product ranges for the home.
If someone ever offers to fix anything with electrical components in your home cheaply, and they are unable to show that they are a licenced operator, it’s important to be aware that the work that they do may not be covered by your house insurance should something happen.
Your electrician should also hold insurance policies to cover their work and hold stock that enables them to do their job. You don’t want to be paying a tradie an hourly rate including travel when they have to go to the shop every 30 minutes.
At O’Brien Electrical Narre Warren, we stock our vans each morning depending on the jobs we have booked. This means that we don’t have to leave a job to get parts. That’s not to say that we have every light bulb and power point on hand, but we always aim to have what you need before we get to the job.
Training, qualifications and having the right tools and equipment all cost money, but, in the long term mean that the customer gets the best experience possible. Your house is your most valuable asset and any electrical work is an investment in your asset. Our aim is to help you manage your investment and the electrical health of it.