When you’re looking for an electrician, you need to get the best pro for you. The ideal tradesperson will do quality work at a competitive price, but picking an electrician who’s low quality will probably end up costing you unnecessary money and time.
Selecting a tradesperson
There are several simple ways to get a trusted pro for your project:
Avoid cold callers
It’s a good idea to avoid tradespeople who turn up at your door without an appointment. Even if they do good work, you can’t be sure that they are who they say they are. If you can’t find an electrician you trust, ask friends and family for recommendations or use our service to find a trusted pro.
Read customer reviews
Always ask tradespeople for references or have a look for customer reviews online. We provide profiles for all our pros, so you can access their customer reviews and make sure they offer the level of service you’re looking for.
Check the company name, address and insurance details
It’s always sensible to ask a pro for proof of their company name, address and insurance. This way you’ll know they have the right insurance if anything goes wrong and you can always contact them. We check all the tradespeople in our network so our customers know they’re trusted pros.
Get multiple quotes
You should make sure you get quotes from several contractors so you get the best price for the work you want doing. This way, if any of the quotes are surprisingly cheap, you know to double check that it includes everything you’ve asked for.
Ask tradespeople to come to your property to quote
If you only get quotes over the phone, there’s a risk that they won’t be accurate. To ensure you get reliable quotes, it’s best to get pros to visit your property. Plus, make sure that that they’re written quotes and include a work schedule, so you can start planning the job. Enquire about guarantees too.
Picking an electrician
There are some additional things to think about when picking an electrician:
Check their qualifications
Ask your electrician for proof of their qualifications. If they can’t produce anything, the chances are that they haven’t trained properly and their work could be faulty or dangerous.
Ask if they’re registered with a Competent Person Scheme
A tradesperson doesn’t have to be registered with a Competent Person Scheme, like NAPIT, to be a good electrician but it does make it more likely that they’ll do a good job. It also means that they’ll be able to self-certify that their work complies with building regulations, so you won’t have to liaise with a Building Control Body (BCB).
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