How to Find the Best Electrical Contractors
As a home or business owner, you will, at some point, require the services of a professional electrician. Whether you are renovating your property and need new equipment installed, or something has gone wrong with your current system, ensuring that you have a trustworthy and reliable electrician on hand is important – especially if you find yourself in an emergency situation.
When it comes to finding the best electrical contractor, you may find yourself wondering where to start. After all, how do you separate the good from the bad when they all claim to provide the best service? Fortunately, we’ve put together a guide on how to find an electrician in your area, to make things easier. Read on for our top tips.
When searching for the best electrical contractor, the best place to start is with the people you know. Ask friends, family members and neighbours for recommendations of local electricians. The chances that someone you know has had to call out an electrician at some point is high. If they received good service, they should be more than happy to recommend a certain electrician and pass on their details. Generally, word of mouth is always a great place to start. If no one has any good recommendations, however, a quick internet search will provide you with a number of companies to choose from.
One way to assess the reliability of an electrical contractor is to read online reviews and testimonials. Reading reviews from previous customers is a great way to get a feel for the company in question and to learn about the standard of their previous work. A reputable contractor will be more than happy to display reviews on their website and provide you with references if necessary, particularly if they are all positive.
Don’t be afraid to contact previous customers and ask them about the work carried out. Remember to check whether the work was completed on time and if they were satisfied with the results. If a contractor is reluctant to provide you with reviews or testimonials, this could be a warning sign that their previous customers were not happy with their work, and therefore it is worth considering taking your business elsewhere.
It is absolutely vital that you choose an electrician who is both licensed and qualified. A poorly installed or poorly maintained installation can be extremely dangerous, which is why it is imperative that the electrician you choose is qualified for the job. Before anyone comes to work on your property, it is essential that you check that they are properly licensed and insured. Insurance guarantees that, should anything go wrong while they are working on your property, you are covered for accidents and damages – something that can otherwise leave you with a costly bill. Remember to double check for insurance information when you are requesting a quote.
Check that the electrician in question is a registered member of one of the Government approved schemes. Make sure that your chosen electrician is certified under organisations such as NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) to ensure that you are dealing with a professional. Don’t be afraid to ask for evidence or copies of their qualifications and certificates to prove their authenticity. Just because they claim to be qualified and certified, doesn’t always mean that they are! All licenced electricians in the UK will have an industry recognised level 3 qualification from the likes of NVQ and should work to the BS7671 safety standard, so check for this too.
While it is good to support start-up businesses, when it comes to the safety of your property and your electrical installations, you should choose a contractor that has experience in the industry. Hiring an electrician that does not have the appropriate experience is extremely risky, and therefore it is important that you check that the electrician in question has dealt with issues similar to yours before.
If you hire an electrician that is new to the industry, they may make costly mistakes that can put you and others in your property at risk. If you are looking for an electrician to carry out work on your commercial property, it is important that your chosen electrician is able to meet the demands of commercial electrical work, which can be very different to domestic electrical work.
Generally, we recommend choosing an electrical contractor that has been in the business for at least 10 years to ensure that they have sufficient experience.
While you may be tempted to settle with the first company you come across, it’s always wise to do some extra work and research to ensure that you are receiving the best service and deal. This does not mean that you have to spend hours trawling through various websites to find the best deal, but it does mean that you may have to spend some time gathering a few quotes from different electrical contractors.
As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to gather at least three quotes before you choose to hire one contractor. This will give you a general idea of the local market prices in your area and help you to narrow down your choices. If you receive a quote that seems suspiciously low, it could be a sign that the contractor in question is cutting corners on their services. While you may be tempted to choose the lowest quote, remember that, often, paying that little bit extra is worth it – particularly when it comes to electrical safety in your home.
Always make sure that you ask for an upfront quote with no hidden fees. A reliable electrician will provide you with a quote that breaks down the labour costs, materials and specific details of the work to be carried out.
With all of the above in mind, here are a few questions that you should ask your electrician before they carry out work on your home:
Could I see evidence of your qualifications?
Are you a registered member of one of the Government approved schemes?
Are you licensed and insured?
What experience do you have for this kind of work?
What does your estimate include?
Who will perform the work in my property?
At Interlink Lighting & Electrical, we understand the importance of hiring an electrician that works to the highest industry standards while complying with the most stringent safety regulations. This is why our team of electricians are all fully qualified and highly experienced in installing, replacing and maintaining electric outlets, and always go above and beyond to provide only the best service.
No matter the complexity of the job or the size of your project, we are confident that our team are equipped with the skills and knowledge to meet your needs. Having provided reliable electrical services to domestic, commercial and industrial clients since 1994, we are proud of our unbeatable reputation and affordable prices. For more information about our services, including commercial lighting solutions and safety checks, simply visit our website today or get in touch.