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How do I pay the electrician?

A couple of years ago I got a ceiling fan fitted in the kitchen.

The electrician was pleasant, competent, and did a good job.

He said he’d send me an invoice. He never did. A couple of months later I emailed him and asked him to send it. He acknowledged the email and said he’d send it. He never did.

A couple of weeks ago I got a ceiling fan fitting in one of the bedrooms.

The electrician was pleasant, competent, and did a good job.

He said his boss would send me an invoice. He hasn’t so far. A week ago I emailed him and asked him to send it. No response.

I don’t seem to have this problem with other tradies. Plumbers and painters seem only too keen to bill me.

I want to pay for the work they did.

Some questions spring to mind:

How do electricians stay in business if they’re so disorganised?

Is it just me?

When do my obligations cease? How many times do I have to remind them to take my money?

Update: I realised the second electrician sent me a quote before the work commenced, which included bank deposit details. It’s not an invoice, but if I don’t get an invoice, I can just pay that amount.

Update 2: He rang me and said he’d been on holiday, but would be sending an invoice. Either that or he reads my blog…

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

5 replies on “How do I pay the electrician?”

This has happened to us twice now, both times the same electrician. The second time he even spent an hour driving around the western suburbs to track down a piece for our oven that he also purchased. Both times ‘nah mate, will send ya an invoice’ that never arrived.

He’s a great sparky and we don’t want him going out of business.

Ours is a bit slow with his email bill, but I think they generally send out bills at the end of the month. Some might suggest that they are too well paid if they need the money.

They’ve such generous terms with their suppliers and then to add to that their credit cards that it could be a full year before they get around to allocating what went where. Feel sorry for the guys! 12 months my reno has been done and still haven’t been invoiced!

I had a short meeting with an accountant for a bit of advice last year and he never sent me a bill either. That’s either quite ironic or he decided it wasn’t worth the trouble for the small amount of time involved.

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