Choosing your electrician
It is important that any electrical installation work is carried out by people who are competent.
When you are planning electrical work in your home, check whether it comes under the requirements of the Building Regulations for your area. If it does, you should use an electrician registered with a government-approved scheme who will take care of everything on your behalf and notify your local authority before the work is started.
The Building Regulations in England & Wales are different to those in Scotland. There are not Building Regulations for domestic electrical work in Northern Ireland, although we still recommend that you use a registered electrician.
When you are choosing an electrician:
- Be clear about the work you want done and, unless it is minor, obtain at least three written quotations
- Check that the electrician is registered with a government-approved scheme.
- Ask for references and check the electrician has public liability insurance of at least £2 million.
We recommend that you give your electrician a written summary of work required, which will simplify the quotation process and give you and your electrician a clear record of what has been agreed. By using it:
- You can easily compare quotes
- The electrician will know exactly what work is required
- The electrician will be aware of any special instructions in advance
- The electrician will be able to give you options if there is more of one way of providing the work that you require
- Once you have agreed a quote, you can ask the electrician to sign the bottom of the summary as confirmation of what has been agreed
- It can help to avoid a dispute as all parties are clear as to what has been ordered.