Greg predominantly operates within the Hornsby Shire – The northern suburbs of Sydney.
Costs vary for different types of work undertaken, and quotes can be obtained.
Call out fees vary depending on suburb and time of day, but is free for residents of Westleigh ONLY.
Discounts can be applied for home owners with pension cards.
If you have financial difficulties, please discuss this with Greg to see if we can help in some other way.
As a general rule
When installing a powerpoint, or light fitting, a general guide given to clients is $100 per item installed. Depending on the complexity, costs may be higher or lower. This may include new cabling, and the cost of the fitting, but is dependent on complexity and time required.
The more complex the work, the higher the cost and the more time taken. This would be quoted on or discussed prior to work commencing.
Work at height
Height work (roofs for example) incurs an immediate up-front cost of $100 before work commences. This is due to the enormous expense of the safety equipment involved – harnesses, ropes and other associated equipment. Height work is also significantly slower (and more costly) due to safety constraints.
Greg is height trained and has all of the appropriate equipment to work safely at heights. Greg is also fully insured for the protection of your home and your family.
Ceiling spaces and under floors areas
Working in ceiling spaces and underfloor areas are considered confined spaces and are hazardous environments. This may incur extra costs due to the extra time taken, or extra equipment involved – It may just mean extra costs in time.
Working in ceiling spaces or underfloor areas can double the time taken to install each item.
Special care is required for the safety of installers, and safety may be an issue in certain situations. If there could be a safety concern, this will be discussed before or during works undertaken.
- Significant costs are involved in working within these environments and some situations require specialised training, equipment and teams.
- Should specialised teams be required (specific confined spaces), this work would have to be passed on to other providers – this can be discussed with Greg during inspection or quotation.
A variation is an alteration to a quotation after acceptance; or a problem or difficulty that has been found and was unforeseen or unknown during the inspection and/or quotation.
Variations occur on many works undertaken. Sometimes this can be accommodated within the quoted price, and sometimes this falls outside reasonable limits. Should a variation occur, our normal hourly rate of $80 per hour may charged on top of the quoted amount until the variation is overcome – this will depend on the circumstances and will be discussed.
While this doesn’t happen often, it can happen and this must be understood by the client before works commence.
Variations can include (but are not limited to):
- the requirement to run new cables due to unforseen problems in an existing circuit,
- repair of existing faults or safety hazards,
- alteration to the location cables can be installed, due to complications with the building structure
- alteration to existing cables or fittings due to problems found
- legal or compliance requirements due to problems found
- possible asbestos
Photographs may be taken and a discussion will be had with the client before any variation occurs. Clients are usually requested to sign the quotation indicating an understanding of the variation.
If significant problems are found, the Supply Authority or Fair Trading may need to be informed and instructions may been to be obtained for clarification purposes, or safety of occupants. This happens rarely.
Asbestos is a harzardous compound found in many building materials – most commonly fibro (compressed cement sheet), and switchboard back panels, it can be found in other building material. See our asbestos page to learn more.
- Asbestos is found in all houses built prior to 1984.
- It is likely found in houses built between 1984 and 2000.
- It is less likely to be found in houses built after 2000 (but can be)
Working with or around asbestos takes time and care. It involves specific safety precautions in order to maintain safety for installers and occupants.
Under NSW Work Cover law, when work on fibro is required, significant care should be taken, with specific precautions undertaken.
Where significant work is required on suspected asbestos fibro, we require clients to pay for samples to be taken. Greg is trained in asbestos removal, and can take samples and send them away for analysis for you. If a positive result is returned (i.e. asbestos found), alternative methods of installation may be required, asbestos removalists may need to be employed, or specialised equipment may need to be used.
Should asbestos be found or suspected, extra costs and time may be required for compliance reasons and for the disposal of waste material. A good starting point would be $150, but costs could run into thousands should an asbestos removalist be required.
Real estate – property lessee, agents
We don’t generally work for agents, lessors or Insurance Companies as the work requested is usually at a cheaper rate than we can provide. This would require us to cut corners, or supply substandard work – which we won’t do.
However if the agent or lessor is requiring quality workmanship and is happy to pay the price quoted on, then we are happy to discuss working for you.
However, our 10 year workmanship warranty may not apply due to leased properties having many different tenants and different standards of care with each tenant.
Cheap work with substandard workmanship will never be carried out by us, and we will never engage in this type of work. See our compliance section.
If the work you require is only designed to last 12 months until the next owner/tenant moves in, we won’t be able to help you. Legally all trades people are required to supply a six year warranty. See our compliance section.
This is why we generally don’t work for agents, lessors, or insurance companies!
For further information, or to discuss quotations or options, please visit our contacts page, where you can find phone numbers or send us an email.