How to find the right Newcastle electrician

Living in the Newcastle area and looking for an electrician? Overwhelmed with the number of electricians advertising online, via flyers and by word of mouth?

Don’t panic. Follow these simple steps to find the right Newcastle electrician for the job that you require:

Ask Friends and Family in Newcastle

It sounds simple but this is often the best way of finding an electrician as you’ll be hearing from people with direct experience of dealing with them. By going direct you could also get better rates and you’ll have the reassurance of knowing that they come fully approved from other Newcastle residents.

Ensure that you’re covered

You want to only use electricians who are fully qualified and who have an up to date electrical workers licence. This will ensure that you will receive safety certificates for the work carried out and that you will always be covered by insurers if anything goes wrong.

Always bear in mind that insurers may not pay public liability or fire claims if work has been carried out by an unlicensed electrician.

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Face to Face meetings in Newcastle

Before you employ an electrician to work in your Newcastle home and handle some of the most intricate parts of your property, request a face to face meeting. It’s important that you find them personable and easy to get on with.

A good electrician will always listen to your needs and ensure that they can deliver the results that you want in the requested time period.

Experience Matters

There are many different types of electrician and you will benefit the most by choosing one who has specific experience of working with properties that are similar to yours.

All homes vary hugely in terms of their structure, layout and electrics however you can narrow down the options by considering electricians who have worked with other houses on your street or on houses that have the same design and structural features.

Check references and past work

Whilst qualifications and licenses will go a long way in reassuring you that the electrician you’re considering is a good fit for your job, why not ask for a few references?

This will enable you to speak to previous clients of theirs and they may even welcome you to view the work that they’ve done for them.

Trusting your Newcastle Electrician

As well as knowing that all of the electrical work being carried out is to the optimum safety standards, you also want to feel reassured and trusting of your electrician.

They’ll be working in your home for prolonged periods of time and it’s really important that they present themselves as trustworthy and considerate. As well as this, they should be consistently reliable – always sticking to timings and pre made plans.

Our Recommendation?

We recommend Launch Electrical in Newcastle. They are qualified, professional and provide a great service. Visit their site at: launchelectrical.com.au

Do you need to use a licensed electrician?

There are a huge number of factors to consider when choosing the right electrician for your needs, however there are a few essential things that any electrician must have.

One of these is an electrical worker’s licence.

What is an electrical workers licence?

Issued by the Electrical Licensing Board, an electrical workers licence should be current and up to date. By having a licensing system within the electrician industry, the customer can be re assured that only qualified electricians will be offered by any reputable company.

The SA Government website has a lot more information about how you can get one of these.

Why do electricians need to be licensed?

By ensuring that the electrician you choose is fully licensed, you can be confident that they have received full training. Most importantly, their work will be safe and up to the standards deemed necessary for electrical work in Australia.

If your electrician is not licensed, this could affect the warranty on the work as well as causing multiple issues for you if anything breaks with your electrics further down the line.

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Electrical Safety Certificates

You should always receive an electrical safety certificate within 28 days of service. This guarantees that your work was performed safely, by licensed electricians. It also confirms that the electrics all comply with regulation standards. Any licensed electrician will be able to produce one of these for you and their individual licence number will be shown on the certificate itself.

Reduction of Risk

By using an un-licensed electrician you could be putting yourself and your family or tenants at considerable risk. Every year hundreds of people are treated in Australian hospitals for easily preventable electrical injuries. By taking the time to find a licensed electrician, you can be assured that work will be carried out safely and to the required regulatory standards.

Without safe electrical procedures, you could be at increased risk of electrical fires, shocks or other injuries. In addition, expensive appliances may be fitted incorrectly which could lead to them breaking or only lasting for half of their potential lifespan.

As well as physical risk, you may put yourself under financial risk when using an unlicensed electrician as many insurance companies will not cover fire or public liability claims if the installation of electrical appliances or systems was carried out incorrectly.

How to check if an electrician is licensed

There’s really no excuse for using an unlicensed electrician. It’s simple to find out whether they hold an appropriate electrical workers license by simply searching their name in the licensing public register.

Never take an electrician’s word for it if you’re in doubt regarding whether they hold a licence – you are within your rights to request to see this before entering into any financial agreement with them.