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Hiring a tradesman for electrical services
Where would modern homes be without electricity? It is crucial to keep your electrical utilities in good working order, not just to keep your lights, heating and appliances working but also to keep your property safe. Electrical faults can lead to serious problems, from shocks to electrical fires.
Finding a Pro for electrical services can be tricky, especially when you do not have anyone to personally recommend a candidate. Finding a fully qualified Pro is much easier through Plentific. The Plentific website can instantly generate a bespoke contact list of the best electricians in your local area. Comparing your candidates will be easy as well, as each Plentific Pro has a profile page showing their qualifications, customer reviews and past projects. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific is covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about electrical services?
One of the first things you will need to know about electrical services is exactly what being ‘qualified’ means for an electrician. A ‘fully’ qualified electrician has a great deal of training, and is licensed to work in the industrial, residential, commercial and farming sectors. However, this kind of electrician may be overqualified for your particular project. There are also tradesmen who are qualified as domestic electricians/ installers. These candidates will be able to do any residential electrical work for you, from changing a plug to rewiring a house.
It is important to check the qualifications of your potential candidates. Even a domestic electrician will need to have industry-recognised qualifications in order to practice. They may have completed an apprenticeship, college course or a scheme offered by an organisation like the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC). Whatever qualifications your candidate claims to have, be sure to check them out, as there are several budget-schemes which are not recognised by any professional bodies.
In addition to their qualifications, it is also important to check your candidate’s background. The ideal choice will have several years of experience and will already have completed a number of projects similar to yours. They should also have several positive customer reviews to show to you: how professional are they? Is their work of a high quality? Are they pleasant to work with?
A particularly good way of checking an electrician’s quality is to see if they belong to a national trade organisation, such as the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA). Groups like this have high entry standards for quality of work and professionalism, and members are scrutinised to make sure that standards are stuck to. However, if a candidate claims to belong to an organisation like this, you should make sure to contact the group to make sure that they are telling the truth!
The cost of your electrical services will naturally vary depending on the type and size of the job. However, some electrical services may not even require an electrician. Certain jobs, such as changing a plug or replacing a light switch, can usually be handled by an experienced handyman. Tradesmen offering services like kitchen fitting or appliance installation may also be qualified for domestic electrical services. The trick is to be able to describe your job in as much detail as possible to make sure that your candidate can offer the skills that you need.
Finally, before making your final decision on who to hire, make sure that your candidate has appropriate insurance. For electrical services, your tradesman should have active Public Liability Insurance (PLI). They should also be able to provide a warranty for their work.