Electrical work of any kind, on jobs both big and small can be both complicated and dangerous. There is very little margin for error (if any at all) and you obviously want to avoid any situation which may potentially lead to a short circuit or electrical fire. It’s always best to hire a professional electrician to ensure any jobs you require are completed safely and come with a peace of mind guarantee.
When looking for a skillful Edinburgh electrician to complete work in your home, office, work space or retail unit there are a number of important factors worth considering before appointing a electrician for your next project :
Job Certification for peace of mind
All reputable electricians will be both certificated and accredited by the relevant authorities re: the area/s they operate in. In Edinburgh for instance this certification is called a NICEIC but what exactly does that mean? Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) is a detailed electrical inspection service. This is vital for home safety but is especially important when using a property for commercial use or renting it out. As per the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, landlords, or agents acting on their behalf, are responsible for tenants’ electrical safety. This means getting regular electrical inspection done every 5 years or at each change of occupancy.
Whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, landlord or contractor always if you can ask your electrician to provide EIC reports and carry out any necessary repair work while they are onsite at your job location.
It’s always important to read through reviews and do your research
Positive reviews are great but looking for reviews which are relevant to the specialist electrical job you require are probably worth looking for especially if your required job isn’t straightforward.
It’s also worth looking for the feedback given around timekeeping, reliability, and if jobs were kept on budget.
If your digital neighbors leave reviews then use them!
Doing the research from the outset can save you time and money further down the line.
Agree to a budget and quote
A quote will enable you to keep things on schedule budget wise and should also outline a payment schedule if this something your electrician offers.
Cheap isn’t always best
It can be tempting to go with the cheapest option but if something looks too good to be true it more than often is. Using the review research we have previously mentioned is a good idea when it comes to gaining a steer on the reliability and value for money other customers have received from the electrical contractors you are interested in. We suggest looking to secure three quotes from electricians qualified to work on your project for comparison of time scales, materials used and budgets given before making your final decision.