Finding an affordable local electrician can be daunting. There are endless choices and a lot uncertainty about reliability, experience and pricing. It’s also important to find an electrician who works in your local area for convenience and who won’t charge you extra for long distance travel to the job. Below are eight tips on how to find a well-priced local electrician.
1. Ask around
Your friends, family members and neighbours have probably needed the services of a local electrician in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and surrounding areas at least once. Ask them if they would recommend an electrician who has done a good job for them and who was also affordable and professional.
2. Look online
Search engines and online local directories can lead you to the website of your nearest electricians. There you can check the areas they service and how experienced they are in dealing with your particular needs.
3. Check your local newspaper or noticeboards in your area
Many local businesses, including electricians, advertise locally on community noticeboards or in local newspapers. This is another good starting point in finding a trusted electrician that is nearby and can get to you quickly.
4. Ask a trusted contractor
A contractor you have previously hired to work on your property probably knows a good local electrician. Ask them who they would recommend.
You can check for reviews online on how reliable, professional and affordable certain local electricians have been to their previous customers. Sometimes these reviews can give you an indication of who to hire and who to avoid but don’t believe everything you read online.
6. Get a quote
Most electricians have a website where you can fill out your details and get a quote. They usually get back to you with a price within a short period of time. You can also call them if you prefer to talk to someone about what services you need or if your needs are urgent. This is a great way to find the most affordable tradesperson for the job without too much effort.
7. Compare prices
If you’re unhappy or unsure about whether you are being quoted the fairest price, you can call several local electricians and compare their rates. This should give you a good indication of what a particular service or repair should cost.
8. Affordable but experienced
It’s important to find a local electrician that won’t charge you an arm and a leg, but also make sure they are experienced and licensed.
Finding an affordable local electrician doesn’t have to be hard work. Asking people you trust for recommendations and looking online or in your local paper will speed up your search for the most affordable service. But the lowest price shouldn’t be your only concern. You should also look for electricians who are experienced and properly certified, and have a good reputation in your local community. It also helps you if they have an after sales service and a 24-hour emergency call-out service.