We all value our electrical appliances because of the contribution they make to our lives. The blender, toaster, washing machine and television not only make our lives easier and more convenient, but also more enjoyable, and they’ve become everyday essentials — we just can’t live without them.
Therefore, it can be quite frustrating when electrical appliances malfunction. While we tend to think that we can pull our DIY gloves on and fix the problem ourselves — or know someone else who does — working with electricity can be tricky, not to mention dangerous. It’s much wiser to hire a professional electrician.
The Benefits of Hiring a Qualified Electrician
When it comes to hiring a professional electrician, you must make sure they are qualified and registered. There are multiple benefits of doing this, including:
A registered electrician’s work is regularly assessed and they must work to the BS7671 safety standard. The regulations — or “regs” as they are known in the electrician community — are the national standard for electrical installation and safety in the United Kingdom.
You Are Insured
On top of being regulated by the government, all registered electricians are insured. This means that, should anything go wrong, you are covered, giving you crucial peace of mind. No one wants to be without lighting or go without their favourite appliance, but you certainly don’t want to hire an unregistered electrician and risk having further issues.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Electrician?
The price you’ll pay for an electrician will depend on the nature of the job. Rewiring a circuit or installing a new consumer unit begs for a different class of electrician — and, therefore, a different price range — than simply changing a lightbulb. The majority of electricians work at an hourly rate and you may also be charged transport fees, so it’s wise to check this beforehand. Some electricians may also want to visit your home to analyse the full extent of the problem before issuing a quote.
Of course, the average hourly and daily rates of an electrician will vary, depending on where you live. We’ve listed the average rates for the main cities in the U.K.:
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The above table gives you a rough guideline of how much you can expect to pay. While the price will depend on how much work is required (don’t forget, you may also need to pay extra for new parts), if you come across an electrician with an hourly or daily rate significantly above or below the average, it’s a potential red flag.
This makes it crucial to compare prices. Consider speaking to between three and four different electricians to get an idea of how much work is involved and how much it will cost. Before you speak to them, note down what the problem is and when it started — this will ensure that the quote you receive will be as accurate as possible. When it comes to finding the right electrician near you, reputation is everything. Compare ratings and reviews and make sure your electrician is experienced doing the type of work required to a high standard.