Electrical work is one of those unavoidable expenses. In Western Australia, all electrical work must be done by a licensed contractor. DIY electrical work is dangerous and illegal and not worth the risk to save a few dollars. However, there are ways you can save money on your electrical work that won’t put you, your family or your house at risk.
DIY Non Electrical Aspects of the Job
In Western Australia, ALL electrical work must be done by a licensed electrical contractor. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to save money. For instance, if you are looking to have Downlights installed, you may want to consider measuring up and cutting out the holes yourself. This is one of the most time consuming parts of installing new lights. If you or someone you know has the required skills and equipment, you can save money by doing it yourself. Similarly, if you are having power run in your new shed, you can dig the trench yourself instead of paying us to do it. We are always happy to offer you advice on this if you need.
Buy your own products
There are pros and cons to supplying your own products. By supplying your own products you can select the types and styles which appeal to you most. Plus by buying direct from the supplier you can save some of your hard earned dollars.
However, keep in mind that if you supply your own products, we can only extend our guarantee to the installation workmanship. If the product fails, you will have to negotiate with your supplier to have it fixed or replaced.
Also beware of purchasing products that don’t meet Australian Standards. For more information on complying with Australia Standards visit http://www.doesitcomply.com.au/
Consider the season
What do the seasons have to do with indoor electrical work? Have you ever been in your roof cavity in the middle of summer? Let me tell you, it’s hot! Really hot! In this kind of heat, workers can only safely spend short periods of time in the roof space before they have to come down for a break and a drink of water. This means the job could take longer and when you’re being billed at an hourly rate, it means your job will cost more. So if you are planning on having work done in your house that requires the electrician to spend a lot of time in the roof, try and plan it for the cooler months. If you’re not sure, ask us! We’re always happy to advise.
Get a minimum of three quotes
The concept of getting a minimum of three quotes is not to find the cheapest person. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. However the most expensive does not guarantee the best work or service either. By getting a minimum of three quotes, you can get a general idea of what is a fair price for your job. For example, if two contractors quote $1500 and one quotes $450, you may want to consider why the cheapest quote is so cheap. Similarly, if two come in at $450 and one at $1500, there’s a fair chance the higher one is unreasonably high. Always ask for clarification on what’s included in your quotes if you’re not sure.
Stage your work or do it all in one hit?
Depending on your resources, you may need to have your work completed in stages. However, if you can have it all done at one time, you can save money. As a crude example, one power point might cost X amount to install. To do the job, we have to get the materials, drive to your place, set up the workspace, complete the work, clean up, etc. Each time you call us back, we have to go through the same process. One power point may take 1.5 hours to do, but 4 may take 4 hours. Therefore, by getting it all done at one time, you have saved yourself 2 hours of labour charges.