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Hiring a tradesman for emergency electrical services
An electrical emergency is no reason to panic: you will simply need to find a qualified tradesman to fix the problem in a jiffy. An ‘emergency’ can mean different things, but an established electrician should be able to cure your home of any immediate dangers. It definitely goes without saying that working with electricity is no job for an unqualified DIY enthusiast.
Finding a qualified electrician to fix your emergency is simple through Plentific. The Plentific website can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of tradesmen in your local area that offer the services you need, and each will have a Plentific profile showing their qualifications, services, experience and customer reviews. Managing projects and messaging Pros is simple through the Plentific Dashboard, while the Plentific Wallet makes it simple and secure to book and pay your Pros. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific is covered by the Plentific Guarantee.
What do you need to know about emergency electrical services?
A home may experience any number of electrical emergencies: you may have noticed hot switches, a strange smell coming from your sockets, flickering lights or you may be experiencing power cuts. The first thing you will want to do is decide whether or not your problem is really an ‘emergency’. Booking an electrician for a quick callout, or a job outside of working hours, will be more expensive than a standard job. Booking someone on a workday evening could be twice as expensive as hiring them for the same job during the day!
It is important that any electrical faults in your property are handled by a qualified professional. An electrician will have passed an apprenticeship or equivalent industry qualification. Any work they do will need to follow the safety standards set by Part P, so finding qualified Pro is essential. They may belong to a national tradesmans’ organisation, such as the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contractors (NICEIC). These groups have high standards for quality of work and professionalism that members are obligated to meet. Your final hire should also have active public liability insurance, as well as a guarantee for their work. Even if all of this is in place, it is still worth checking their customer reviews if you are able to find them.
The cost of an emergency electrical service will depend on the details of the job. Your quote will cover labour, as well as the cost of any new parts or materials. A crucial thing to remember is that booking an electrician outside of normal working hours or at short notice will almost certainly incur additional charges. A tradesman that advertises as providing 24 hours services will usually have their call-out rates displayed on their website, but when seeking a quote you should make sure to ask about any hidden fees.