Do you even need an electrician?
You might be wondering, do I even need an electrician? Surely twisting wires together can’t be that difficult, right, why do I need to call an electrical contractor in Perth? While the physical act of installing a new wall socket might not be altogether that hard, the potential for things to go wrong is pretty huge. Sure, you might get lucky and put all the wires where they go, and successfully turn off the right circuit so as to not electrocute yourself. Or you might not.
In Australia the average person, that’s anyone without an electrical license, i.e, not an electrician can use appliances as they’re meant to be used, and change light bulbs. That’s it. Remember we’re talking about 240v here, you’re allowed to zap yourself with 12v as much as you’d like and legally that’s fine. Keep in mind 12v can be lethal too though. It’s about the amps, not the volts, but that’s another story.
So if the cord for the bar fridge doesn’t quite reach, buy the correct extension cable and run it in a safe way. If you’re thinking about chopping it and extending it, just remember that not only is that technically illegal, but if it causes a fire down the track and burns your house down, well. Let’s just say insurance companies love using unlicensed electrical work to get out of paying out claims.
Finding The Right Electrician
So we’ve decided that it’s probably best to get an electrical contractor in Perth. You don’t want to blow yourself up, and voiding insurance is a bad idea. How do you find a sparky that isn’t going to rip you off, do a dodgy job, and actually turn up on time? While you’re at it, better check that they’ve got a license!
The quickest way to check for a license is to look at any piece of advertising. Legally, licensed electricians must display their license number on every single piece of promo material or advertising. This includes websites, business cards, TV ads, the side of their van- anywhere it says ‘Hire Me, I’m a Sparky!’ there should be a license number.
Ask A Mate
Ask your friends that have had electrical work done who they recommend. Even put up a public post on Facebook, most people are more than happy to drop the name of someone they recommend. Tally it up, choose an electrician with the most positive recommendations. Remember that people will always be pretty quick to warn others of dodgy workmanship, getting ripped off or unreliability, so public opinion is usually a pretty good way to find out whether someone is worth hiring.
Seriously, google ‘electrical contractors Perth’ or ‘electrician Perth’, and have a browse, then head over to Google Reviews. Generally, they’re pretty accurate. If someone’s got only a few poor reviews, have a look at them- often they’re a few cases of misunderstanding or a competitor trying to bring them down. But if someone’s got a solid set of poor reviews, and are average a 3 out of 5 or lower, well you’ve been warned!
That’s not to say everyone with great reviews is going to be a good contractor, or that a company with lots of negative reviews does poor work. Reviews can be biased, and there’s no proof there to support what people are saying. But it can be a good thing to keep in the back of your mind.
Honestly, asking Google or people you know is the best way to find a reliable electrician in Perth, browse their website and even give them a call. Read reviews, then go with your gut. But just make sure that if you are doing anything more complicated than unplugging the kettle or changing a light bulb, get someone professional to do it- they’re licensed, insured, and trained. Better yet- try a Master Electrician.
If you’ve looked and looked, and still can’t decide, call Scott Comms. We’re the most reliable, honest and down to earth Electrical Contractors in Perth. We’ve built a reputation for outstanding workmanship and generally being a great team of people. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered.