At some stage you will most likely need some electrical work completed around the home. However large or small the task is it is wise to have this completed by a qualified competent person that knows what they are doing. As anything electrical can be dangerous this will safeguard you from injury or damage to the property.
Most people will use word of mouth to find a good electrical engineer and ask friends or relatives for any recommendations from work that they have had done in the past. Another way is to use the search engines to find someone in your area. You could type in a phrase like 24 hour electrician in London if you are in the capital, or something similar with your area or postcode in.
Once you have chosen someone to complete the electrical work for you, you must check that they are suitably qualified. In the UK they should be approved by the ECA (Electrical Contractors’ Association) or the NICEIC (the Electrical Safety Council). Also they should be fully insured so that should the worst happen and there is an accident or something gets broken you are covered.
You are entitled to ask to see any paperwork regarding the above and a good electrical engineer will happily show you this.
You should request a written quote for the work before work starts. This way you will know where you stand and it will protect you from any additional charges at the end. There may be a call out fee for an emergency, also an hourly rate of around £20-25 per hour plus parts. This is only a guide price and this can vary in different areas around the country.
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You can also watch the video below to show you how to hire a competent person.