Chances are you’ve been dreaming about, planning and saving for your renovation project for at least a couple of years and now the time is finally upon you, you can’t wait to get started.
However, if you haven’t pinned down the finer details, you can end up spending more money than you planned as you may need to (literally) go back to the drawing board, especially when it comes to the electrics. Here’s five tips to make sure you don’t end up with lengthy and expensive delays to your works.
Make sure you use an Accredited Master Electrician as well as a builder
Most renovations now involve a greater volume and diversity of electrical instalments so it’s important that your electrician knows what they’re doing. Accredited Master Electricians work to the highest standards of safety, quality and integrity and each professional must stick to a demanding code in order to stay accredited.
Make sure all your electrical work meets the current Australian Standards
Ideally, the work should exceed the Australian Standard 3000: 2007 (Wiring Rules), which came into being in June 2008.
Make sure your designs are in line with current legal requirements
There are several legal requirements when it comes to designing and building bathrooms, kitchens, outdoor kitchens, spas and pools. These sorts of rooms and structures have several areas and zones that mean there are restrictions on the number of electrical outlets and devices that can be installed and used there. It’s a good idea to have your electrician look over your plans to make sure they’re safe and compliant before any ground is broken.
Use your renovation to save energy going forward
If you’re rewiring, you might as well bring in new devices and lights that are modern and energy-efficient. Many homes now have LED lighting installed, as well as energy-rated appliances in the kitchens and bathrooms.
Make sure your electrician is licensed and insured
All electricians must be licensed and have Public Liability insurance of at least $5 million. It’s easy to check if your contractor is licensed by going to www.licensedtrades.com.au and searching by state.