Accreditations for electricians
As a consequence of us humans relying on comfort and electricity, we have become obsessed with materialistic objects and consider them to be the most important and valuable things in our home. However, this could not be more wrong. The hidden wiring that goes through your walls and under your floor is very much the lifeline of all the electronic appliances you see in your home and should be handled with total care. The consequences of giving little care to this can be catastrophic with the end result potentially costing everything you own to go up in smoke.
Electrical work is by far one of the most dangerous jobs to conduct in your home and by hiring someone incompetent or unqualified could potentially turn a nightmare into reality. This is why you must hire an electrician who is not only qualified but who can reassure you with the work he/she will be carrying out. To help with this, we have listed some advice for you.
Why should you choose a registered electrician?
To massively reduce the chances of potential accidents or injuries, electrical work must be properly installed and well maintained. Therefore, it is essential that the work is carried out by someone who knows what they are doing and has the experience to do so confidently. The last thing you want is to have someone in your home who is unsure, or a bit confused as to what’s going on.
Not only that, but by going with a registered electrician, you also get the following benefits to give you extra peace of mind:
– The electrician is regulated by the UK Government
– Uphold their work to BS7671 safety standard
– Their work is continuously assessed
– You are protected from their insurance
– It is a legal requirement for some electrical work
For the full legislations UK electricians must uphold to, look up the specific legislation provided by the government website.
What should you do when choosing an electrician?
If you need electrical work done to your home and you’ve got the yellow pages out to find someone for advice, make sure you follow these tips:
– Be clear and concise regarding the work you want doing
– Gain at least three quotes from different electricians
– Confirm that the electrician is registered with a government-approved scheme
– Ask for references
– Check the electrician has public liability insurance
It is also a good idea for you to provide the electrician, with a written summary of the work you wish to be carried out. This will help maintain the understanding of the original agreement of what work was to be conducted. Not only this, but you can also:
– Compare quotes easily
– The electrician will know exactly what work is to be required
– Once you have agreed on a price, you can ask the electrician to sign it to avoid any confusion further down the line
– Can help avoid disputes as both parties are clear as to what has been initially agreed.
Unless you are in urgent need to find an electrician perhaps for an emergency, take your time to get second and maybe a third opinion on a job you are looking to make. Electricians will often help you when outlining your options for a particular situation, and they can often find ways to simplify a task or ways to make the work less costly.
You can find all of our accreditations, certifications and listed partnerships on our accreditations page.