How To Hire The Right Person For Your Electrical Engineering Job

Amazingly, there are no actual minimum requirements for an electrician to start working in the UK today.

This means that home owners and householders need to be savvy when it comes to checking that the person they hire, is who they say they are and can be trusted to do what they say they can.

With the electrics in your home – or business – not being a place that you can afford to mess around with, this is our experienced guide to the things to lookout for when hiring an electrical engineer.

ARE THEY REGISTERED?

Although there is no necessity for any electrical engineer or electrician to be registered with anybody, it is of course preferable for them to be. In fact, we would not advise hiring anyone who was not a member of one of these professional bodies.

NICEIC

The NICEIC is consumer association that recommends contractors. You are advised to check that anyone who says they are registered with them actually is.

Their website is easy to use and also features plenty of tips for householders attempting basic DIY on their household appliances.

They feature an approved roll of contractors, from which you can find someone in your local area.

ECA

The ECA is actually a trade association which aspiring professionals may belong to, if they satisfy the conditions.

Contractors who are approved by either organisation must conform to a British Standards certificate.

CHECKATRADE

We would recommend hiring someone from a website like Checkatrade. This allows you to vet your electrician and read valuable feedback from past employers.

It is advisable to choose someone who has built up a solid profile on the site.

CHECK QUALIFICATIONS

Don’t simply take the word of your prospective electrician for it – check that they are registered with the organisation that they say they are!

ASK FOR A WRITTEN QUOTE

A genuine contractor should give a written quote – not just an oral one.

Beware of tradesmen who will not offer this and only give you an oral quote. The price may well change.

DON’T BE PRESSURED

Do not allow yourself to be smooth talked into anything that you are not comfortable about.

Never agree on a job there and then. Make sure you take the contractor’s details and call them back when you have made your decision.

 DON’T PAY CASH

If your contractor insists on cash payments only, alarm bells should start ringing.

This will probably mean poor or no book keeping, no VAT or any other legal documentation.

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