When electrical problems arise, be it in the home or at work, most people will immediately reach for the Yellow Pages or Google to find a local electrician. But in a day and age where television programmes such as Watchdog and Cowboy Traders are raising awareness of unqualified traders, should we be thinking twice before hiring?
Here at Spark Squad, we understand the importance of getting to know our clients and meeting their needs. Likewise, we believe that clients should also get to know their electrician before giving the go-ahead. Here are our top 5 questions to ask Electricians before hiring:
1. Is Your electrician qualified?
Hiring an unqualified electrician will not only waste your time and money, but will also put you and your family or colleagues at risk. Unsafe electrical installations can be life threatening, but by checking the Electrical Safety Register – a joint initiative between the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) and Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) listing NICEIC, ELECSA, and ECA registered electricians – you will be able to establish whether your electrician is qualified.
2. What is their experience?
Ensuring that your electrician has relevant experience to undertake the job is vital. Many electrical installations require specialist expertise, and you will need to ensure that your electrician is suitable. You wouldn’t, for example, want to hire a domestic maintenance contractor to carry out a commercial installation. A reliable, trustworthy electrician will be open to your questions, and will be able to provide satisfactory references if needed.
3. Is your electrician insured?
Due to the nature of electrical work, employing an insured electrician is crucial. Any reputable electrician will have comprehensive insurance which not only protects them, but covers your property too.
4. Is the work guaranteed?
Another essential question to ask an electrician before hiring is whether the work is guaranteed. Should any problems arise following the completion of the work, you will need to know who will be responsible for the costs. If your electrician cannot produce a solid answer, we recommend looking for another contractor.
5. How much will the job cost?
A trustworthy electrician will be able to provide an estimated cost, even if they will need to diagnose the problem beforehand. By comparing quotes from several electricians you will be able to gauge whether your chosen electrician is providing an honest quote. Be wary of any quotes that are below the average, and don’t be afraid to ask for a breakdown if a quotes seems over-priced.
Can we help?
If you are looking for a qualified Electrician in Devon, we can help. At Spark Squad our fully qualified team of City and Guilds approved, local electricians are Part P Compliant. We are also a NAPIT registered business, so you can rest assured you are in safe hands.
We always strive to provide professional, reliable and high quality services at affordable prices. When it comes to regulatory compliance, we take care of it all for you.
If you would like to get in touch, use our quick contact form or call on 01392-770-148 or 01395-350-125. We look forward to hearing from you.