The first question is always how much it costs. It is important to budget before trying to get any service done. The cost is what comes to our mind first as value for money really matters down to the last cent. May it be a major renovation or just a routine maintenance, the cost is one of the top deciding factors. But how much does service from a Perth electrician really cost? This article will save the answer in the last part and highlight first what an electrician can do, and how to get the best one for the value of its pay.
What can a sparkie do?
There’s quite a lot, including but not limited to: solar power installation, switchboard upgrades, home electrical routine maintenance, home electrical rewiring, renovations, power points, lighting, electrical data cabling, alarm installation and home automation for a smart home with full control over access, lighting, entertainment system, air-conditioning, heating and security. For security and home alarms, a Perth electrician even has to undergo separate training and certification to be authorized to spearhead its planning and installation. Most sparkies also offer emergency visits and are available after business hours. Even the integration of a full pledged home entertainment system should be taken seriously and should only be undertaken by a licensed technician. Or if you are in the planning stages of building a new home, establishing the structure’s electrical system is a vital part of the process. You should employ a licensed electrician to help you with the lighting, positioning of switches, safe location of outlets and the integration of home automation. Chances are, you will also need an electrician even for renovation projects.
Unlicensed electrical work is illegal in Australia. It was established unlawful as it will be a threat to safety for everyone living in that structure. So for ordinary people, you can only do so much as change a bulb, plug in a device or appliance, and turn off the main power source. Everything else is illegal. There is a slight difference in electrician classes in each state, but to have a license is required to practice across the entire country. Classes determine the extent of electrical work a sparkie can carry out, and the class is indicated in the actual physical license
Needless to say, always ask for a license before hiring an electrician. To add, also verify if the electrician is insured in case of on-duty accidents and if they have references to validate.
The charge will be a flat service fee plus an hourly rate. The flat service fee covers the first 30 minutes, the hourly rate starts after the first 30 minutes on the job. The service fee is around $70 – $130, and the hourly rate ranges around $70 – $95 per hour.