Who will be carrying out the work?
Some electrician companies will have multiple electricians working for them, or will contract work out. Make sure you’re clear on who would be doing the work on your house so you can make sure they have all of the correct qualifications, experience and insurance.
How much experience do you/they have?
Electrical work can, in the wrong hands, be dangerous and carry a risk of fire or injury. Make sure the electrician carrying out the work has sufficient experience in similar jobs to the one you need doing. Asking to see examples of similar previous work or if they can provide references can help give you piece of mind.
Are you registered with any Government Approved schemes?
The UK Government has schemes available that allow electricians to self-certify their own work. If the electrician isn’t a member of any of these schemes, and the work is more complex than a light fixture change or socket change, or is in a bathroom or kitchen, it will need to be certified by a third-party.
Can I see some proof of your certification?
Don’t be afraid to ask for proof of certification. A good electrician will be happy to provide this for you.
Do you have public liability insurance? If so, how much are you covered for?
Electrical work carries risk, so make sure they have sufficient public liability so they are covered in the event of an accident. Part P registered electricians are required to have at least £2 million of cover.
Will you provide certification that work meets British Safety Standards?
Once completed, electrical work must be signed-off as meeting British Safety Standards. Make sure your electrician is registered to do this, and will provide certification on completion of the job.