Electricians carrying out installation work in England and Wales have to keep to the Building Regulations and in Scotland it is the Building Standards system. At the moment, there is no equivalent legal requirement in Northern Ireland.
Know the right questions to ask
To determine whether or not your electrician is legitimate you must ask the right questions. But the good news is this doesn’t have to be complex. Start by checking that the individual is qualified and whether they choose to be a registered member of one of the Government approved schemes. Choosing a registered electrician means you will be protected should anything go wrong.
Ask to see the paperwork
It is always vital that you check an individuals qualification and registration status. Failure to supply this information should flag as a warning sign as they may not possess such qualifications.
If you are unsure about trusting an electrician in then ask for references from previous clients. This might put you mind at ease when having any electrical work carried out.
If it doesn’t feel right – get advice
Don’t feel pressured to make a decision quickly. If an electrician in makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason, then seek advice before you contract them to do work for you.
Finding an electrician
It is often helpful to use trade directories to help you find electricians in who are both qualified and registered. Some websites also offer you the ability to check reviews and references that are checked and vetted to ensure you are protected.