Welcome to my blog!

This blog tells my experience with buying a house in Dublin, Ireland, and renovating it. 

I wanted to share everything I learned along the way, my misadventures and any tips and tricks!


I found an electrician! I know, I couldn't believe it either!

I found an electrician! I know, I couldn't believe it either!

After months of trying to contact and arrange for an electrician to check out our house I was able to find one through Tradesmen.ie

I can't recommend enough that site - they were polite and prompt when I needed help, and I received a quote from one electrician within a couple of days! Yes, they do promise four quotes and I only got one, but I attribute that to the rare unicorn that is an Irish electrician. 

So here are the pros and cons of the electrician I hired:


PROs

- They were competent and willing to work around the renovation jobs we had already completed in the house.

- They were pretty accommodating, and never impatient even when I was. When I called or emailed they answered pretty soon. 
Also the electrician working on the site was always kind.

- They gave me an honest price for the rewiring of the entire house and edited the final balance as I requested, without any complaints. 

 


CONs

- The rewiring started 2 days after the agreed date, and I had to contact them a couple of times to understand what was going on. 

- The invoice issuing / editing wasn't very smooth: they gave me an invoice for a different job, no break down of the individual costs and I had to ask a couple of times to deduct costs for works that were not done. 

- They didn't run the alarm system before some of the renovation jobs were finished - which means we'll have to redo them. 

- They weren't always careful with my furniture - using my kitchen chairs (covered in soft cotton) to reach the ceiling, and hence dirtying them with mud and dust.  

- They *didn't* submit the work done to HRI because they couldn't register in time... even though they assured us they'd be able to. 

- We're still waiting for the signed copy of the RECI certificate they issued. 

Overall, I would not recommend and call again this electrician - but I would recommend Tradesmen.ie. 

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