The Consumer Guide to Electricians
“There are many things that you can do to ensure that the electrician that comes into your home is fully qualified with the right electrician courses to do the job at hand. ”
Too many people have come to me in the past to fix electrical problems in the home that have been made worse by unqualified electricians when the job should only be a quick fix.
Below I have outlined a few priority checks that can be made to ensure that you will obtain professional advice from a quality source.
Don’t take over the phone quotes as the main source of contact
Like with many services some black hat electricians may try and give you a price over the phone which may be far too high for the job required. They may also provide you with a price and then add “additional costs” once they have started the job leaving the consumer in situation where if they would like a job finished they have to pay the extra costs. To avoid this, ask around for a number of quotations and make sure that they assess the situation with their own eyes.
Ask for a reference
If you are looking to get a large job completed around the home then it is best practice to ask for a reference for other large jobs that the electrician has previously completed. Jobs such as a complete house re-wire would be an ideal time to ask for references. Although if you only need a small job doing, such as adding a couple of plug sockets you may not wish to ask for references.
Check for qualifications or electrician course certifications
It is best to check to see if the electrician is certified to carry out the proposed electrical work. Electrician PEC2 course qualifications provide an ideal way of identifying whether the technician has taken and passed the industry standard to become an electrician.
Alternatively the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), the main trade association for electricians in the UK can provide you with confirmation of an electrician’s identity. The NICEIC has over 20,000 approved contractors who have been screened to a high standard.
Don’t be bogged down in an emergency
If the scenario arises where you need to call out an electrician after regular working hours then it is best that you still ask around a few providers to ask for prospective quotes. Or if you know someone that can recommend a provider that they have previously used then give them a try. Don’t feel that as it is an emergency you have no choice but to agree to the first valuation.
For more information on the electrician courses for professionals
certification or if you want to help improve your trade skills knowledge and expertise contact Trade Qualified UK at http://www.tradequalified.co.uk/.
Author - Lynsey Calver
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