Almost all of the most important items and appliances in our homes run on electricity. Whether it’s our lighting, fridges and cooking appliances, or luxury items such as TVs and game consoles, electricity plays a key role in our day-to-day lives.
So if a fault does occur, it can be extremely disruptive, inconvenient and even dangerous. When this happens, it’s vital that you have a trusted and reliable electrician on hand to help.
With so many electricians and companies out there, it can be difficult to know who to trust and the choice can be overwhelming. In this article, we’ll outline our top five tips on how to choose a good electrician.
Make sure they’re a licensed electrician
All electrical work must be carried out by a competent contractor, and there are three recognised government schemes that can guarantee you’ll receive a licensed professional.
- NICEIC – National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contractors
- NAPIT – National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers
- STROMA certification
The NICEIC accreditation is arguably the most recognisable, and on their website you’ll be able to find a dependable, local contractor simply by entering your postcode. At Con-fused, we’re a member of the NICEIC making us fully licensed to carry out a whole host of domestic electrical installations, maintenance and repairs.
Once you’ve found a contractor that is licensed, it’s important to establish that the individual electrician that visits your home has the relevant qualifications to carry out the job. This shouldn’t be an issue, but it’s always prudent to do your due diligence.
When they arrive at your home it’s common practice to ask to see their paperwork, and there’s no need to feel awkward or embarrassed about doing so. The highest qualified electricians will have Diamond certification, and all electricians that have more than three years of experience will hold a Master Electrician accreditation.
Find out if they can help in an emergency
No one plans for an electrical fault to occur. It’s usually spontaneous and happens out of the blue, so it’s important to have an electrician on hand who can react. With this in mind, one of the first things you should be checking is if they offer a 24/7 service.
In the event of an electrical emergency, you may need work to be carried out immediately. At Con-Fused, we provide a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week service to all our customers, ensuring they’re fully supported no matter what time of the day or night.
Word of mouth remains a popular way to find a quality electrician. Social media and online reviews have made it easier than ever before to get a feel for a contractor before you hire them and this is something you should always be checking. Getting recommendations from friends and family is also a good way to get an insight into a potential electrician.
As well as this, you can always ask electricians directly for references from previous customers. Many of the best electrician companies will have testimonials to hand to reflect their level of skill and craftsmanship.
Get a quote
One of the main things you’ll want to know when hiring an electrician is how much the work is going to cost. Be sure to provide a breakdown of the issue you’re experiencing and the electrician should be able to draw up a quote on how much it’ll cost. Feel free to shop around and get a variety of quotes from different companies if you wish.
At Con-Fused we can provide you with a quick quote via our website.
Our team has years of experience providing London, Essex and the Home Counties with the very best electrical services. Over the years, we’ve established ourselves as one of the country’s most well-respected electricians, supporting domestic and commercial customers. To find out more, contact us today.