How to pick a good electrician
Updated: Sep 2
Finding an electrician isn’t difficult; Finding a reliable, trustworthy and highly qualified registered electrician is. Searching for a local electrician who will do a good job and won’t rip you off? Going by price won’t always work, however much you pay won’t guarantee you quality workmanship.
Whether you need an electrician for construction sites or some simple electrical wiring for your home, it can be difficult to know who to choose.
That’s why we’ve put together this simple guide to help you know what to look for before hiring an electrician.
Word of mouth
It’s never a bad idea to ask around. Whether it’s family, friends, neighbours, the man on the bus or someone installing light fittings in the pub, a recommendation from someone else is like gold dust.
If someone you know has used an electrician and they’ve done a good enough job to warrant a recommendation, then you know they’re good. Especially if you can go and view their handiwork.
Be sure to enquire about what kind of work they had done by the electrician, did they have an electrical system installed? Or electrical equipment tested? This will help you discover whether the electrician they are recommending is suitable for the work you require.
If speaking to people in person isn’t the easy first choice for you, you can always put a shout on social media. This is a great opportunity to hear from people you ordinarily wouldn’t meet or you may even get responses from local tradesmen. From this, you can easily check out their reviews and see if they fit the bill.
How to find a Registered Electrician
If recommendations didn’t work out for you, Electrical search facility. Don’t worry this isn’t as daunting as it sounds. There are many free and easy-to-use websites where you can discover fully qualified and highly skilled electricians you can trust.
The rule of three
You should aim to get at least three quotations from three different electricians and make sure that your quote is broken down into the actual work that will be carried out, the amount of time it will take to do the job and the material costs for any parts.
During the time you are receiving the quotation, some questions you should be considering are:
Did they turn up on time?
Do they have the relevant certifications and certificates?
Do they present relatively smart?
Do they have a van with a logo and telephone number?
Do they present a strong understanding of electrical safety?
Do they have enough experience working as an electrician?
Always remember, if your gut is telling you something is wrong, don’t take the risk. Simply search for someone else to do the job.
Leave a review
Once you have found a good electrician, it’s important to leave them a good review; both in-person and online. Think back to when you were searching for an electrician and how you most likely frequented their website or social media platforms, seeing their reviews and taking in the honest feedback from previous customers.
Other people will be in the same position as you once were and will benefit from you leaving a review.
At E-electrical, We specialize in electrical installation, testing, and repair, operating throughout the South West with our head office located in Plymouth, Devon. As a company, we offer transparent pricing with a second to none customer service experience.