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Is there such thing as a cheap electrician in Canberra?

By Kat1271 - 13 April 2015 14

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Just wondering if there’s such thing as a cheap electrician in Canberra?

I’ve just moved into a private rental, went to turn off the kitchen light – only to find that it’s been pushed in and the switch is not usable.

While I have no fridge it’s fine, however, when the fridge arrives I won’t be able turn the power off. My landlord will reimburse me, however I don’t want to spend a fortune as I can’t afford it. Recommendations?

What’s Your opinion?


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Is there such thing as a cheap electrician in Canberra?
govnor 6:00 pm 26 Feb 17

No, there is no such thing as a cheap trades person – period. Hire Mr Cheap’n’dodgy Electrics, then expect to pay again and again for further repairs in the near future (or pay in health related ways which could be very serious). That goes for any trade.

Barry from http://www.electricalservicescanberra.com.au charged me the same hourly rate as my previous electrician, yet Barry offered more convenient after hours service and was respectful of my carpet (placed blankets down and even vacuumed up some gyprock powder before leaving). He isn’t the cheapest electrician, however, I am happy to pay for a professional job, knowing it’s been done right the first time. A good friend of mine used Barry from Electrical Services Canberra and they too had the same professional, clean and tidy service that I did.

Barry’s business mobile is 0487 789 585.

Misterr676 8:01 pm 23 Nov 15

Just wanted to give a shout out to Brent from “Back to Earth Electrics”, who has to be one of the friendliest and most professional electricians in Canberra and I’d highly recommend him.

I was looking for an electrician and found Brent through the serviceseeking.com.au website: https://www.serviceseeking.com.au/profile/120749?job_id=1901373&quote=1

Quick to respond with a very reasonable quote, communication was great, arrived on time and did a faultless job with a lighting installation.

As his company name suggests he’s definitely “Back to Earth!

dungfungus 3:47 pm 09 Nov 15

According to Bill Shorten, Australian will have plenty of cheap electricians when the new trade agreement kicks off.

Liza1975 10:31 am 09 Nov 15

matt31221 said :

Yes there is such a thing, however charging a low rate as I do is unsustainable for a business. I am an Electrician and I work in another industry with another source of income. I essentially keep my micro-business going to keep my skills fresh. I found working for an Electrical company easy where I could just ply my trade and not think about the business side. When I went out on my own I found I wasn’t cut out for the business side which is a huge part. The charging high + competing with others for work and advertising. Now after hours I charge low, low enough that I’ll never be eligible for GST but high enough to cover costs and provide a bit of pocket money + keeping my skills fresh. I couldn’t do this if I didn’t have another source of income. All of my customers are happy which keeps my stress low and I do good, by the book work. If your landlord doesn’t help you I’d be happy to provide my contact details.

I would like your contact details for some work I would like done. Thanks, liza

zllauh 11:33 am 14 May 15

Hi mate,

Few months back we had got out TV mounted on the wall. The 60 inch tele surely looks sweet now !

http://www.canberracomms.com.au was the mob and we have got them bookmarked under Sparkies. He actually did send us an invoice after a week or some thing.

I would surely recommend them.

My 2 cents.

vintage123 10:00 pm 17 Apr 15

Most licensed electricians would only charge about $150 dollars to fit a brand new switch. Hope that helps.

matt31221 9:40 pm 14 Apr 15

Yes there is such a thing, however charging a low rate as I do is unsustainable for a business. I am an Electrician and I work in another industry with another source of income. I essentially keep my micro-business going to keep my skills fresh. I found working for an Electrical company easy where I could just ply my trade and not think about the business side. When I went out on my own I found I wasn’t cut out for the business side which is a huge part. The charging high + competing with others for work and advertising. Now after hours I charge low, low enough that I’ll never be eligible for GST but high enough to cover costs and provide a bit of pocket money + keeping my skills fresh. I couldn’t do this if I didn’t have another source of income. All of my customers are happy which keeps my stress low and I do good, by the book work. If your landlord doesn’t help you I’d be happy to provide my contact details.

Bennop 4:10 pm 14 Apr 15

I have had a couple of occaisions where I paid a repair bill first in a property, and was reimursed promptly by separate agents. Its not that uncommon.

tim_c 1:47 pm 14 Apr 15

Why should you have to pay for it and then wait for reimbursement? You should inform the landlord/agent it’s a problem, they should arrange an electrician who will contact you to arrange a suitable time to repair it, and the landlord should pay the electrician directly.

arescarti42 9:30 am 14 Apr 15

I think OP might be turning the power on and off at the breaker at the moment, but is suggesting that they won’t be able to do that when they’ve got a fridge filled with food.

I’d be insisting that the landlord get it fixed ASAP – it’s pretty unacceptable for basic things like lights not to be working properly from day 1, and the way you’ve described it, it also sounds dangerous.

wildturkeycanoe 7:16 am 14 Apr 15

Location helps too, because a cheap electrician will be in the neighborhood, an expensive one will have to travel all the way from the other end of town. One hour of travel on top of the ten minute job will not allow them to be charging rock bottom rates. As for the power being off, do not worry as the light switch is not on the same circuit breaker as the power point for the fridge. If it is, you have bigger issues my friend.

JC 7:53 pm 13 Apr 15

Testfest said :

Also – how dodgy is your landlord making you organise and pay for the repairs?! Sounds like a classic red flag to me. Ten bucks says that your landlord stiffs you on the reimbursement.

Could be a dodgey landlord, or maybe even a poorly written post. At the end of the day if a repair is urgent then tenant has the choice to pay and claim or wait until it is reasonable for the landlord to organise a repair, which of course depends upon many factors including availability of said electrician. There is insufficient detail in the OP’s post to make that judgement.

screaming banshee 7:25 pm 13 Apr 15

Why won’t you be able to turn the power off when the fridge arrives…why would you need to?

Testfest 1:16 pm 13 Apr 15

Dunno about cheap, but if you want a good one then contact Woods Electrical.

Also – how dodgy is your landlord making you organise and pay for the repairs?! Sounds like a classic red flag to me. Ten bucks says that your landlord stiffs you on the reimbursement.

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