Choosing the right domestic electrician isn’t just about having the peace of mind that work on your house will be completed to a high standard; it has a big impact on you and your family’s safety. Electrical work that is not done properly can cause electric fires and electric shocks putting lives at risk. Be sure to find a reputable domestic electrician for any electrical repairs and avoid the cowboys by following these simple rules:
Only Use Licensed Electricians.
Licensed electricians must follow a particular training program that qualifies them to undertake work on your home safely. Ask to see evidence of these qualifications. Avoid the general handyman who knows a bit about electrics and goes instead for someone who has spent years training in their trade.
Ensure Your Electrician Is Registered With The NICEIC.
All registered electricians have regular reassessments of their work to ensure that they are competent and that their work meets industry safety standards.
Also it is important to ask to see proof of your electrician’s public liability insurance. A good electrician will have the documents and will be happy to show them to you.
Ask For References
Ask for references from previous customers and contact the references provided. Are your electrician’s former customers happy with his work?
It is a shame that a small minority of tradesmen throughout the building trade can create reputations that sully the whole industry. So many homeowners have horror stories from hiring a builder from hell! Electricians are like any other group in the building trade. There are many excellent and skilled guys out there, but there are also some cowboys. As we have discussed, the biggest issues revolve around safety, but there are many other unpleasant implications of choosing the wrong electrician. Stories of tradesmen who start jobs and then disappear for weeks without contact, who just don’t turn up at all or who do more damage than good are sadly too common. Other horror stories come at the end of the job when you are stuck with a much larger bill than you agreed to.
Fortunately, though, it can be quite easy to make sure that you avoid these cowboys by requesting the documentation discussed. A good electrician will have all the documentation we have talked about and will be happy to provide them for your inspection. An electrician who is proud of his work will also be happy to provide references. If you follow these simple rules, you will find one of the many great electricians for any work on your home.