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Finding an Electrician: The Complete Guide

All counties in South East Asia require that all electrical work, beyond changing a light bulb, be completed by a licensed electrician. The dangers that come along with unlicensed electrical work are not only the result of illegal actions but may also risk the safety of you and your family. If you want to find a qualified, licensed electrician for your home repairs, here are the steps that you will need to take in order to get started.

What Does an Electrician Do?

Electricians work with all of the electrical components that make up a home. Electricians can provide the following services:

  • Electrical Rewiring: Electricians are licensed to work on jobs that require the full or partial rewiring of your home. If you need electrical circuits or power points to be replaced, an electrician should perform the work. Brick buildings tend to require higher costs for repairs.

  • Electrical repairs: On occasion, you might experience problems with the electrical outlets in your home that will require them to be repaired. A licensed electrician can perform these repairs and replace power points and repair the wiring.

  • Solar Power: Installing a solar power system can be done by electricians that specialise in this area. Solar power can help to reduce the amount of electricity your home uses and reduce the costs associated with generating electricity.

  • Safety Switches: Safety switches are designed to protect your home from power surges, problems with appliances, and wiring that has been damaged. The safety switch works by monitoring the electrical flow through a circuit and trips when the electrical current escapes from the system.

  • Lighting: Electricians can both install and repair lighting in your home. The type of lighting is not important as electricians can work with both indoor and outdoor lighting.

  • Wiring for your new home: If you are building your home, a construction electrician will be required in order to install the wiring and all of the electrical elements and outlets that are required to properly outfit the home.

  • Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS): An uninterruptible power supply is designed to protect electrical components from damage caused by power surges and power failures. The system offers backup power for essential equipment such as computers.

  • Power points: Only licensed electricians may do repairs to or replacements of power points. They will be able to alert you as to how many power points are required for your home and where they should be placed.

  • Switchboards: Switchboards are designed to route the electricity around a building and also work to protect you from being electrocuted. Switchboards can help to determine where there is faulty wiring or appliances.

  • Backup Generators: Installing a backup generator in your home will allow you to have a backup source of electricity in the event that you need one. An electrician can advise you on the right generator to buy based on how often you will need to use it.

  • Test and tag: Testing and tagging involve testing and labeling electrical equipment in order to enable to the electrician to identify and repair items with problems.

  • Renovations: If you are planning to renovate your home, a licensed electrician will need to be consulted in order to deal with any repairs or installations that involve power points, sockets, and lighting.


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Electricians can also perform other tasks such as:

  • Data cabling installation

  • Installation of fiber optic

  • Home automation system installation

  • Home entertainment system installation

  • Alarm system installation

  • Electrical equipment installation

Choosing an Electrician

It is important to make sure that the electrical contractor that you opt to work with has been fully licensed. You should check with government websites to make sure that the electrician's license is valid. In addition, you should make sure that the contractor carries the correct types of insurance, including liability insurance. Ask to see the insurance certificates as well.

If you get work done by an electrician, the electrician should also provide proof that the work has been done to standard and has been tested for safety. Before selecting a specific contractor to work with, it is a good idea to solicit multiple quotes. Finally, work with an electrician that can provide emergency service in the event that something goes wrong.


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  • Be clear on what you want done
  • Do your homework on your budget
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  • All costs must be included in the estimate
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