Who is trustworthy? – having electrical jobs done inside your home can be daunting, especially when you have to put your trust in an electrical contractor you haven’t used before.
I suggest that before you choose an electrician, you follow these basic guidelines. They may substantially minimize the chances of hiring an incompetent electrician.
The requirements for electric wiring are different in England and Wales from those in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Therefore be sure you locate a professional within your country.
Obtain the details of a minimum of three electricians who can do the kind of electrical work you need doing.
Make contact with the electricians and schedule for them to quote for the job. Bear in mind to be very clear regarding what you want and always request a written specification and estimate. We advise obtaining a minimum of three estimates, except if the work is small.
You should additionally ask for references. A good electrician will not be reluctant to provide them.
Check if they’re approved by a recognised business or are government-approved.
Ask the electricians to present a copy of their Public Liability Insurance. Ask whether they have a complaints resolution practice and if they offer an insurance-supported warrantee.
If you’re not employing the electrical contractor by yourself but are doing so by means of a building firm or company, we would certainly recommend that you examine their credentials by going through the same procedure. Ask for more than verbal guarantees. Spoken agreements do not present any recourse if the electrician is inexperienced.
If you use an electrical contractor listed with one of the govt-authorised companies outlined on our website, they should have a complaints resolution process and if in England and Wales you need to be offered the opportunity to take out an insurance policy-backed guarantee to protect the work.