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Spotting a Dodgy Electrician

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In this blog we’re going to be talking about how to spot a dodgy electrician and that way you’ll avoid any expensive mistakes and any accidents that could risk life or limb. 

It’s well known that people are often duped by dodgy electricians if all the surveys carried out on this very topic are to be believed. And the majority of them are, and their results are disturbing. Cowboys are going to have hone their skills at winning you over and the way they do this is to charm you and reel you in without you realising. 

Many surveys also reveal that people are nervous when it comes to hiring electricians and it’s easy to see why. A large percentage have also been let down by tradespeople in the past so it’s only to be expected that people are nervous when it comes to hiring an electrician. 

We’ve come up with some pointers, so you always know you’ve got someone you can trust. 

Registered Electricians

Always, always check they’re registered with an approved scheme so you’ll know they’ve been made undertake stringent qualifications, so they can carry out complex work. If they have been registered with a government approved scheme then this will protect you, because all electricians who are registered are insured, and all they’re work is guaranteed. 

Multiple Quotes

Make sure you get 3 quotations with a clear breakdown of what you’ll get, and never work with someone who cold calls you and doesn’t give you that quote in writing. There should be a breakdown of costs, so you know exactly what you’re paying for. 

Avoid the cheapest and the most expensive, just find the one who offers value for money. 

Be wary if you’re not given a contract to sign, or if they’re not VAT registered. Don’t let them ask for cash all at once because you may never see them again -  and get no work done at all. You should be able to pay with a card or bank transfer and it’ll be odd if you can’t. 

Qualified and Trained, Expert Electricians

A confident electrician who’s good at his job should be able to answer all your questions without fail and show you his qualifications and any relevant documentation when asked. If they’ve worked hard to get to where they are – a qualified, trained and successful electrician, they’ll be more than happy to shout it from the rooftops. Therefore, if you find they’re a little reticent in coming forward then be suspicious. 

VC Electrical – Trustworthy Electricians in Edinburgh

If you need to hire an electrician in Edinburgh get in touch with one of us here at VC Electrical and we’ll be happy to give you a quote, show you our qualifications and discuss our registration details, and show you who we’ve worked with in the past. We’re proud of our reputation and the good work we’ve done for our past clients, and we’re more than happy to share it with whoever asks. Get in touch today and we can discuss your needs.