Beware of cowboy electricians in London
Choosing an electrician is always tricky, although the internet has made the process of finding a firm a little easier. But even if you are able to come up with a list of electricians in London, how do you know which ones are legitimate? Sadly, although the internet serves as a fantastic directory, it’s difficult to obtain reviews from happy customers.
There are lots of legitimate, qualified electricians in London and there are also plenty of cowboys. Choosing wisely means doing a little research, making a shortlist of London and Surrey electricians, then judging them on their most important merits. If you’ve received a quote that seems too good to be true, your electrician might be cutting corners on service and care.
Good Electricians: What to Look For
When searching for a good electrician in the London or Surrey area, you don’t need to look for a particular size of firm. Large companies can offer efficient service, just as smaller companies offer a more personal touch.
The best rule of thumb is to look for electricians with the right certifications and approvals. For reference, here is a list of our own.
- NICEIC stands for National Inspection Consul for Electrical Installations Contracting. We’re NICEIC Approved Contractors. That means we are qualified to carry out any kind of electrical installation for both domestic and commercial customers. We can also upgrade electrics and replace wiring.
- We’ve signed up to Trustmark. It’s the UK government’s scheme for reputable tradespeople. Trustmark members have to abide by strict rules and guidelines. For example, we had to prove our financial stability as well as our commitment to customer service. Trustmark allows us to offer a six year guarantee with all the work we do, and that guarantee would still be valid in the unlikely event we stopped trading.
- The Electrical Safety Council is a registered charity that advises people on safe installation and use of electrical appliances. MD Bespoke is registered, and the Electrical Safety Website will show you how to find us and check up on our claims.
- You can also locate MD Bespoke through the Electrical Safety Register. All contractors listed on its website offer a warranty on the work they do.
Electricians and Insurance
Many cowboy companies don’t bother with insurance, but what would happen if one of their customers was injured, or if they made a mistake that damaged property in their home?
Some insurance policies only cover the contractor up to £2 million or £5 million. Our public liability insurance policy covers us up to £10 million because we don’t believe in putting our customers at risk. When it comes to safety, we believe it’s best to be safe rather than scrimp and save a few pounds on insurance.
By having proper public liability cover, we can ensure we meet our customers’ expectations and give them peace of mind, while also ensuring we stay in business. Can your cowboy electrician say the same thing?
For quality service, choose an electrician in London that’s registered, insured and experienced. If you need help or advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with MD Bespoke.