Understanding electrical costs
Tom Matic of Melbourne’s Matic Electrical says that budget is one of the first things that new customers ask about and it can vary hugely. “Your costs will be made up of the product itself – what sort of product and the quality – as well as labour and installation,” he explains. “That can start from switchboard upgrades to the very last power point and everything in between, like wiring. There are a few stages where we have to come in and do our work and wait for other tradies to come in too.”
Tom says renovations can also have hidden costs right at the beginning. “The age of the property would determine the age of the wiring and whether that wiring is safe. If it’s deteriorated, then you’d have to look at those costs of replacing that wiring also.”
If you’re renovating, Tom recommends starting with an assessment of your home’s wiring and switchboard as that can have a significant impact on your overall budget.