Finding an electrician is not difficult, it’s finding one that is qualified, won’t rip you off and will do a good job. Going by price won’t work, because however much you pay you can never guarantee good quality workmanship. So we’ve put together a guide to help you find a good electrician.
Word of Mouth
The first port of call to finding an electrician is to ask around. Whether it’s your friends and family or a shout out on social media, a recommendation from someone else is like gold dust. If someone you know has used an electrician and they were good enough to warrant a recommendation, then you know they’re good, especially if you can go and look at their handiwork themselves.
There are also sites like mybuilder.com where you can post a job online, and you’ll get responses from local tradesman. You can review their profiles, work history and customer reviews.
Electrical Competent Person
If you nobody has anyone to recommend, then you need to head to the Registered Competent Person Electrical search facility here. All electricians on this register have been assessed for the quality of their work, so this should be the next step in your search for a reputable electrician.
The Trustmark register is another good indicator of a good electrician. Trustmark also assess those electricians who want their badge for competency.
Get a Quote from at Least Three Electricians
Obtain at least three quotations from at least three different electricians, and make sure that your quote is broken down into the actual work that the electrician will be doing, the amount of time it will take to do the job and the material costs for any parts.
When you’re with the electrician, take this time to analyse them. Think about:
- Do they look relatively smart?
- Do they have relevant certification of their qualifications?
- Do they turn up on time?
- Do they have a van with a logo and telephone number?
- Is it a written or verbal quote?
- Do they give a guarantee for their work?
Remember, if your gut is telling you something is wrong, then walk away, and look for someone else.
Leave Them Feedback
If you’ve found a great electrician, make sure that you leave them a good recommendation, both online and in person. This means that when someone else is need of a good electrician, they’re more likely to choose the same one you did.
So if you’re in need of an electrician, then follow these simple tips for a reputable workman who’s going to be proud of their work.
About the Author: Chris Horridge