When you let a tradesperson into your home, you want to rest assured that they are trustworthy professionals who will do right by you and complete the work to a high standard.
That should be easy enough. However, there are people out there looking to take advantage of consumers who are want a cheap electrical fix, or who are feeling desperate and make a hasty, uninformed decision.
Use these basic suggestions to guide you to making the right choice for your next electrician.
Ask for referrals
Word of mouth is a great place to start. Since using an electrician is a relatively universal thing, your friends, family, and colleagues should all have people they can recommend to you. This method can run into some issues, though – for example, maybe the suggested electrician is busy and doesn’t have time to fit you in, or nobody you know has had any relevant positive experiences recently. Or, maybe you’ve moved to a new area and you don’t have close friends, family, or colleagues locally whose opinion you value on this subject.
It’s also worth noting that you should always do your own research when someone recommends a contractor to you. If they did a great job for your friend, but a quick search online unearths a load of terrible reviews, it is probably sensible to give this electrician a wide berth - regardless of what your friend has to say about them.
Our good friend Google is quick and easy way to find a suitable electrician in your local area. If you are looking for an electrician with a speciality, such as a commercial electrician, you can narrow your search even further. This will return you many results which you can browse through and compare.
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You can also search for the service you need, such as an emergency electrician, or an electrical installation. This also helps filter the electrical websites to match your specific needs.
Ask the right questions
Get to know your electrician! Don’t be afraid to ask them about their registration, licensing, and qualifications. Any reputable tradesperson will be able to provide you with this information and you can also use online databases, such as checkatrade, to help in your decision.
All our contractors at Swindon Pro Electricians are registered and have the required accreditations and memberships.
Get more than one quote
Speaking to multiple people to get quotes for the work you need might sound tedious (and it’s not always necessary), but it can be a wise idea. Especially if you have a large project, receiving multiple quotes will give you a more holistic market view and allow you to make a better comparison between the offers of each individual electrician or electrical company.
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The caveat here, is that you should not let having multiple quotes in front of you lead you to reach a decision based solely on price. This is a common mistake that people make. If you receive a number of similar quotes, but one which is much cheaper, you must ask yourself, “why is that?”. Often it is because the quality of work is diminished, or the electrician is not really qualified to do the work and is looking for quick cash. You should always be wary of people offering dirt-cheap prices. It is almost always too good to be true.
Watch out for cowboys!
Sadly, cowboy tradespeople are not too hard to come by in the UK. Often taking advantage of vulnerable groups such as older people, they swindle their way into large amounts of your cash whilst doing a sub-par job and leaving your property in a messy and/or dangerous state.
The tips mentioned in this post are a few methods you can use to help you avoid these nasty criminals. Other things you can do include:
So, there you have it! If you stick to these guidelines, you should have no problem finding a reliable and honest tradesperson or contractor to complete your electrical work.