Questions to Ask before Choosing Your Electrician

By October 13, 2016 News & Communications

When you invite an electrician into your home, you are relying on them to provide an excellent service at an affordable price and ultimately ensure that your home is completely safe for you and your family. The importance of hiring someone trustworthy and professional cannot be understated, therefore London Electricians have considered below some of the questions you should be asking before choosing your electrician.

 

Are You Covered by Liability Insurance?

An expert electrician will be fully trained in safe working practices so that they can protect both themselves and their clients from any risk or harm whilst they are conducting their work. Sometimes, however, accidents can happen, and so it’s recommended when choosing your electrician that you check if they have liability insurance to cover potential injury or damage to your property.

Are You a Licensed Electrician?

In the UK, an electrician must pass a trade test known as the AM2 in order to become fully qualified. Many contractors will apply for an Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) card as a means to evidence their competence and entitle them to carry out certain electrical work. Asking to see their licence is a perfectly reasonable request when choosing your electrician. It is also a legitimate means of establishing if they are fully skilled, experienced, and competent with all up to date industry qualifications relevant to their role.

What Services Can You Offer?

Trying to source alternative contractors for different types of work can be cumbersome and potentially more expensive. Finding a company that can offer solutions to a broad spectrum of electrical problems is not only convenient but also indicative that they have a wealth of experience and knowledge within their field. To see the diverse range of specialist electrical provisions that London Electricians can offer, take a look at our services.

What Is the Cost and Expected Timeframe for the Work?

Your electrician is someone who you should trust to be completely upfront and honest about what work needs completing, how long this will take and whether there is an hourly rate or an overall cost for the job. As with any project, unexpected costs can arise, nonetheless these should be communicated with you as soon as possible. Don’t forget, contractors will work at different paces which is also dependant on the work in question, however ultimately you are choosing your electrician based on quality results. Don’t be afraid to ask to see examples of other work they have completed in order to gauge the level of their services. The outstanding work from London Electricians is evidenced by our fantastic online reviews.

Can You Provide a Warranty?

If you are considering a company for their electrical services, check whether they offer a warranty or guarantee period on their work. It is likely that you will never need to use a warranty, nonetheless it is still useful to see if this is available just in case any unexpected issues arise that result in another call out.

Do You Provide Emergency Electrical Services?

Losing heat and electricity at any time of the year is extremely disruptive but electrical failure can impact us the most during the winter season when it is often cold and dark. When choosing your electrician, you want to be able to rely on them in your time of need. In most cases of emergency our engineers can arrive to the homes of our London customers within the hour.

 

Here at London Electricians, we offer a lifetime guarantee and fixed rates to our London customers so they can always depend on us for their electrical needs. Our highly qualified engineers are on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have, just give us a call on 020 8728 9179 or complete our online form.

Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • The very first questions that the article is treating it is whether or not the electrician you’re choosing provides a warranty.
    Ideally, any electrician you hire should be willing to cover you if something happens to the work they just did within the first month. For this reason we prefer to provide the replacement parts so we can chose quality electrical products as we are unable to cover all products specially the ones provided online which are not to the BS7671 (British Standard). This can be extremely beneficial for keeping yourself from having to pay for the same job twice.
    In therms of labour work we offer a minimum of 1 year warranty for all our work made on Central London no matter if there is a commercial, office or a residential where the work was carried.

  • I think it is great that the article encourages readers to ask the electrician they choose about what other services they offer. While you may need them to just fix a broken outlet or something like that, you want to know what other skills they have to offer. After all, if you need more extensive electrical work done in the future and know that they offer service for it then you won’t have to look around for a different electrician.

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