There are plenty of pros for hiring the pros when it comes to electrical work here on the Sunshine Coast.

Electrical work is a broad category. A really broad category. After all, so many aspects of our lives are fueled by power. From appliance installations to new lighting fixtures, there’s pretty much nothing that lights up or powers on without electrical currents behind them.

But despite how much we rely on electricity, it remains one of the few off-limits areas when it comes to homeowners and business owners. In Australia, it’s essentially illegal for you to do your own electrical work. There are simply too many safety and regulatory concerns involved for amateurs to be tinkering around with wiring and the like.

That’s why these services are in such demand on the Sunshine Coast. But what are the pros and cons of hiring an electrician? While there are few downsides, it’s important to know what to expect when it’s time to hire out someone for your job.

If you want to learn more, check out our resources below:

1. How much does it cost to hire an electrician

2. How to choose the best electrician on the Sunshine Coast

3. Hiring an electrician vs DIY

4. How to know if an electrician is taking an advantage of you

The many benefits of hiring an electrician

Aside from avoiding strict penalties by attempting DIY electrics, there are a number of pros when it comes to hiring the pros for your electrical work.

✔ Money

This might not seem natural given that you’re being forced to hire out a professional to complete work that you might prefer to do yourself. But when done by the pros, you can rest assured that your work will be done on time, on budget, and up to standards. All of this can save you money in the long term, not to mention avoiding costly fines if you are caught attempting your own wiring work.

✔ Time

Professional services also have the right tools and the right skill set to do the job right the first time. Rather than tinkering around on your own, only to make things worse, hiring an emergency service for your project is sure to save you time on a job well done.

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✔ Safety

We cannot underscore this point enough. Attempting to do electrical repairs on your own is against regulations with good reason. There are too many different ways that you can get injured, electrocuted, or cause damage to your property if you try to perform your own installs or upgrades. Professional services are trained on the best way to approach every job and will not compromise on safety.

✔ Warranties

The work you have done on your home or business should also be covered by a workmanship warranty when done by a professional. This can give you peace of mind that your project is done correctly and guaranteed by the company that completes it. You simply don’t have this option if you attempt electrical work yourself.

✔ Legalities

Aside from getting in trouble and paying hefty fines for doing your own wiring work, you’ll want the work done on your home or business to be in compliance with local regulations. And doing the work yourself is a recipe for disaster in this regard. Hiring a service to do the work will guarantee that your project is completed up to code and/or that the company you hired is responsible should the local council find fault with the work completed.

The downsides of hiring an electrician on the Sunshine Coast

While it’s essentially a requirement to hire a service if you need electrical work done on your home or business, there can be some cons to the process that you’ll want to watch for.


It’s critical that you hire a company or professional that has the necessary experience to get the job done right the first time. Watch out for fly by night companies and up and coming firms that boast cheap prices that sound too good to be true. They probably are. Be sure to do your research and look for a company with years of experience not just with the work but also in your specific area so that you get quality work.


They usually charge by the hour, so the bigger your project is, the more you can expect to pay. You’ll want to call around to a few experienced electricians to get quotes for your project and make sure that they include everything you’ll need for the job. They can cost an average of $80 – $130 per hour, with the going rate in Queensland landing around $98 per hour.

Looking to save money? Read our ‘Sunshine Coast Electrical Service Price Guide’

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What to look for when hiring an electrician

We already touched on the importance of hiring a service that is experienced. When you’re doing your research, don’t hesitate to look up reviews of anyone you’re considering either. This can be a great way to learn what other people experienced when working with a particular provider and give you a sense of whether they will be a fit for you and the work you need done.

Aside from reputation and experience, there are a number of questions you can ask to narrow down the field as you choose a service for your job.

  • “Are you licensed and insured to do the work described?”
  • “Do you need to obtain a permit or approvals to move forward?”
  • “How many years have you been performing work on the Sunshine Coast?”
  • “How long will a project like mine take for you to complete?”
  • “Do you provide a workmanship warranty on your service?”
  • “Do you perform safety inspections when you complete a job?”
  • “Do you perform the work yourself or outsource the labor to others?”
  • “What is your process for providing estimates and quotes?”
  • “Are there additional call out fees or other costs I need to be aware of?”
  • “Can I speak to some of your customer references?”

Read more: How to Choose the Best Electrical Service on the Sunshine Coast

Don’t DIY: Do DYFA Electrical Instead

DIY work can be tempting, especially for smaller projects that seem straightforward. But nearly all installs, repairs, and replacements from fixtures to wiring require the skilled hand. And despite the financial costs, it will be well worthwhile for you to go through the proper channels to ensure your safety and the quality of the work completed.

At DYFA Electrical, we understand that your needs require skill and professionalism. That’s why all of our tradesmen are fully qualified, licensed, insured, and police cleared. We also offer a 100% quality and clean up guarantee so you know you’ll be satisfied with the work done by our crew.

Service and customer satisfaction are a priority for the entire DFYA team. We’re always on time and on budget. We’re also happy to provide free quotes for services that take the guesswork out of how much you can expect to spend on your project.

For a fast free quote today, call us on 07 5475 4152 or request a quote online.