Typically when you’re looking to buy a home, you will want to check all the electrical wiring in the home, and determine whether there are any electrical faults on the property.

This is why we always recommend hiring a quality building inspector to find any electrical faults throughout a home BEFORE you make the purchase.

We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the top things a building inspector will check for when they conduct their inspection.

Buying a home is likely to be one of the biggest investments you and your family will make. It’s easy to get carried away thinking about colour schemes and moving in, however you need to always be completely sure that everything is in good condition and you aren’t inheriting any unseen problems with your new property.

What is a Building Inspector?

A building inspector is a qualified professional who will be able to help you spot any potential issues with the property and provide you with a full report regarding their findings after their inspection.

Electrical wiring fault found by building inspector

What Will A Building Inspector Check for?

  1. Electricity and Electrical Systems

This is one of the most important things to check for in any property as it can drastically affect the safety of your potential new home.

A Building Inspector will be able to check whether all of the current requirements are met with the electrical systems in place and recommend any changes that should be carried out to make the property safer and more functional.

  1. Strong Foundations, Strong Home

If you buy a property and suddenly find out, after purchase, that there are structural issues relating to the foundations you could (unexpectedly) be facing huge costs and disruptive building work.

Save yourself financial and emotional stress by ensuring that you hire a building inspector who will check for signs of problems with the foundations.

  1. Walls, Ceilings and Floors

The basic structure of your new home is incredibly important. Building Inspectors will check for damp walls, sagging or stained ceilings as well as cracks around doors and window frames.

These can all be tell tale signs of greater problems bubbling under the surface so always hire someone who knows exactly what they’re looking for.

  1. Plumbing Problems

A good Building Inspector will always check the plumbing system within a property, reviewing the functionality of showers, sinks and toilets inside. Additionally, they’ll check drains and guttering alongside how waste water is disposed and whether everything is flowing efficiently.

  1. Pesky Pests

Check with your building inspector about whether they will check for any issues with pests inside your potential new home. Some building inspectors include this in their reports whilst others require you to have a separate inspection.

Either way, always ensure that you have this done as issues such as termites can cause huge problems further down the line.

In the Hunter Valley, we recommend the guys at Precise Inspections Adelaide (their Hunter Valley arm) to help with any building inspection related activity.

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Are you currently exploring career options after school or university?

Perhaps you’re currently in a job but looking for a complete change of trade or industry (like switching from being a roofing contractor to a sparky)?

If you’ve ever considered becoming an electrician, we’ve got helpful information about the steps you need to take and what you can expect from this popular profession.

What does an Electrician do?

Often known as ‘sparkys’, electricians in Australia install and repair systems of wiring and other electrical equipment.

They can work in both commercial and residential properties and venues and they are increasingly working with technology companies on computer networks, circuits, and other applications that require electricity.

As the world of technology grows, electricians are in ever increasing demand to keep all the systems up and running efficiently.

Electricians are similar to plumbers as they can install and configure hot water systems and other electrical works. When setting up hot water systems, they do not have anything to do with the piping or poly welding side of things – they only deal with the electricity that powers the piping systems.

Singelton electricians

Becoming an Electrician

If you’re thinking of studying to become an electrician, consider the points below and see what’s involved in the process:

  • Think about your skills – being an electrician requires an interesting mix of thinking, problem solving and manual work. You’ll also need to be good with people and have good communication skills – this is especially important if you’re going to be working as a residential electrician and visiting people in their homes each day.
  • Get your Licence – this is essential to becoming a respected and qualified electrician. Requirements for getting your licence vary from state to state in Australia so always do your research thoroughly to ensure you don’t get caught out.


Keen To Become An Electrician?

There’s no doubt that in today’s fast moving society there’s a huge demand for good electricians in the Hunter Valley region.

Supporting the vast growth in technology and experiencing all sorts of options with regards to potential locations and types of jobs you could become involved in makes becoming an electrician an exciting and rewarding job choice.

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Have you ever wondered how much money electricians make? Perhaps you’re considering a career change, or you’re simply curious about how it compares with other trades?

Becoming an Electrician

Before you start earning, you need to be aware that there are costs involved in becoming an electrician. You’ll need to enroll in a training course to ensure you receive your electrician’s licence and become properly qualified.

In addition to this, most states require electricians to complete a four year apprenticeship. To find out how much you could earn whilst on your electrician’s apprenticeship, you’ll need to contact the Australian Workplace Authority.

How much money do electricians make

Location Location Location

It’s inevitable that the place you work will have a big impact on the amount of money you make. There is no set salary for electricians in Australia and not only does it vary from state to state but also from city to city.

You’ll likely find the best salaries in affluent towns and cities whereas lower salaries are usually in more rural areas. However as an electrician in a city, you may face higher outgoings such as parking and living costs.

Industry Specifics

There are a number of industries that you can work in as an electrician and this again will dictate the type of salary you can expect.

Rough figures suggest that the basic wage for an electrician is around $29 per hour, however an industrial electrician can earn around $35 per hour. This wage increases for electricians who choose to work off shore or on long term placements away from home.

Other figures suggest that an electrician can expect around $950 per week, with trades such as powerline work offering just over $1000. If you choose to specialise in telecommunications, the rates are likely to increase further.

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Effect of Experience

Some electricians report earning around $85,000-$95,000 per year however this can vary dramatically depending on the level of experience that you hold. Once you have a good reputation and an established client base, you may find yourself earning more than that.

Statistics generally show that wages increase in the first five years of being an electrician however after this there is generally a plateau in wage progression.

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