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An electrical issue at home can be an absolute nightmare. It’s happened to almost all of us: we’re relaxing one evening, watching TV, playing video games, using social media when all of a sudden, the power cuts out, an alarm from across the street is triggered and we’re plunged into darkness. It’s only then that we realise just how much we rely on electricity for almost every aspect of our daily lives. Not only is a power cut a major hassle when we’re trying to unwind, but it can also affect our ability to complete household tasks or even meet professional deadlines for those who work from home. 

Now, a power cut isn’t something we can simply call an electrician for, as it’s the responsibility of the National Grid. If it is a Power cut and your whole neighbourhood is out of power,  you should dial 105 to let them know. However, a power cut is the perfect example of how – until electricity is taken away from us, even for a small period of time – we can often take it for granted. For something that it such a vital part of our lives, it’s crucial to rely on a skilled professional to complete those maintenance jobs and ensure everything is running smoothly. 

The importance of hiring an electrical professional

While just about everyone is capable of changing a lightbulb, almost all other electrical jobs are not simple DIY tasks that we can complete by ourselves. From rewiring to the installation of electrical appliances, it is a serious skill and one that takes comprehensive training to do properly and safely.

That’s another reason why it’s so important to hire a skilled tradesperson whenever you have an electrical issue. Unlike many other jobs where a bad effort can leave you worse off financially – with botched DIY jobs leaving Brits £34 billion a year worse off – dodgy electrics can also put you and your family’s lives in danger. In 2011, a report by the Electrical Safety Council stated that around 350,000 injuries were caused by household electrical accidents, with little evidence to suggested much has changed in that time. According to governmental statistics, in 2016/2017, there was an average of 27 electrical fires a day, with cookers and ovens being the most common cause.

So, whether you’re looking to have your house rewired, have new power points installed, need new electrical appliances fitted or any other kind of electrical installation, it is vitally important that you hire someone trustworthy and qualified rather than attempting it yourself.

Considerations when hiring an electrician

When hiring any kind of tradesperson, it’s always a good idea to check their previous customer testimonials and ask about their training and experience. However, while some services, like gardening or cleaning, don’t require any specific qualifications, electrical work needs to meet a certain legal standard. All electrical work needs, by law, to be inspected and approved. This should be done either by your local authority’s Building Standards department or, more conveniently, by the tradesperson themselves.

The tradesperson can only self-certify their work if they are registered with a competent person’s scheme, such as TrustMark, the BSI, NAPIT, ELECSA or NICEIC. Ask the tradesperson if they are registered with any of these schemes, or a similar one, request evidence or check yourself on the Registered Competent Person Electrical site.

Once the work has been completed, make sure a certificate is issued from the electrician or from the Building Standards department if your tradesperson is not able to self-certify.

Help to find an electrician near me

We make it quick and easy to find qualified local electricians that you can trust. Whether you are looking for electrical contractors for a big home project or simply need an emergency electrician to help fix a fault fast, all you need to do is enter your details. From here, we will bring you top recommendations for various electrical services in your area.

All hourly rates are clearly displayed, so you never have to worry about negotiating quotes or being ripped off. Not only that, but payment can be made quickly and easily through the Plentific site, with all funds being securely held until the job is completed.

We’re all about making it completely hassle-free to find an electrician and one that meets our excellent standards. That’s why, as well as bringing you competitive rates, we work in partnership with Plentific to ensure that all tradespeople are Verified Plentific Pros. This means that they have gone through a rigorous screening process to ensure that they are properly qualified, trustworthy and fit for the job. Not only that, but this is backed by the Plentific Guarantee, which assures our customers that if their chosen electrician cannot finish the job or there are complications for whatever reason, then another Verified Plentific Pro will step in.

When dealing with something as important as your home’s electrics, you can rely on Hoppy to provide peace of mind and a job well done.

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