There are many different factors that come into account when choosing an electrician. But the main priorities will be having an electrician that carries out the work to a high quality, but with prices that are cost effective and are at the right price. So here are a few things you should take into account when choosing an electrician.
Licence & Certificate of Insurance
Firstly, one of the most important factors to consider when you are choosing an electrician is the whether or not that are licensed and have a certificate of insurance for workers compensation and general liability. If they do have a license it is your assurance that the electrician in question has carried out all their necessary courses and practical’s and are approved to perform the job safely and correctly. You must also make sure that their license in question is valid for performing the type of job that you require. You should also ask the electrician for their certificate of insurance for worker’s compensation and general liability. The insurance on the certificate should be enough to cover your property and then some more. This is just to offer some protection in the unexpected chance that something was to happen, the damage to the house would be covered.
One of the main checkpoints you should have when choosing an electrician is whether or not they are fully registered, this means that they are registered with one of the regulatory bodies. For example, in the UK we have numerous electrician bodies such as the NICEIC, ECA, ELECSA and the NAPIT. All of these bodies keep a register of who is qualified, so if you are in doubt about someone you can always double check. These regulatory bodies prove that the electrician is not just an amateur trying to make some money as they would have had to comply with various requirements before joining. anda Electrical electricians are qualified to the highest standards, having not just NICEIC, but CSCS, IPAF, PASMA and are UKPIA/SPA accredited, with years of experience.
Check Reference & Recommendations
A good and legit electrician should be able to provide references and recommendation from previous customers. Most electricians wouldn’t carry around a list with them, but should have names and numbers of people would recommend them to hand. As times are moving on as well, majority of electricians will have a website or be signed up to a directory (e.g. Check-a-trade) which is a website dedicated to reviewing workers in trade. These website publish the reviews publicly so if you are still unsure about an electrician you can always check to see if they are on their website. This is the equivalent to a word of mouth recommendation, and knowing that someone else has had a positive experience with an electrician, and been very satisfied with the level of service and workmanship is a good endorsement.
Attitude and communication
No matter what tradesman you employ no one likes dealing with someone who is impolite, who has a bad attitude, and is rude. If you request for a free quote, or make arrangements for them to come and visit you, take notice if they arrive on time. If they have arrived an hour or two late, did they ring ahead to advise that they would be delayed? A tradesman with a professional manner usually reflects in the quality of the workmanship that they provide. It will also give you trust in the worker, and confidence in asking the right questions when you see fit.