10 Qualities of a Good Electrician in London
Of all the contacts you need to have on your speed dial your electrician should be top of the list. It is always important to have a good and vetted electrician as emergencies happen i.e. a fuse blows, the lights go out, the little one or dog triggered an alarm, there is blackout in your house only while the neighbours are doing just great. With most if not all appliances dependent on electricity it is important that your electrics are working all the time, night and day, 24 hours, 7 days throughout the year.
In this article, we highlight the 10 qualities you should look out for in an Electrician. This is not exhaustive but it comes from our experience in this sector. Please also take our advice, if you find any good electrician, make sure they are for keeps.
Here we go!!!
Prompt & Responsive
You want a responsive electrician i.e. one who picks their calls and even if they are incredibly busy on another job, make sure they get back to you in good time. These are the people to call in an emergency as they can save you from a major fire outbreak or talk through the process of switching on/off the fuse if necessary. They should also be prompt meaning if they schedule an appointment they get there in good time. If you find an electrician with both qualities then they are for keeps.
Fault Finding Skills
This comes from good training, experience and natural skill. The ability to walk into a property and trace the electrical connections within minutes. This makes fault finding easier. Good electricians will ask you the right questions and guide you to the answers they are after. This is extremely important as they can deal with urgent situations quicker than rookie electrician without much experience or skill.
Good communication skills and personality
While an electrician isn’t the Prime Minister of Great Britain, they must have good communication skills. For a great majority of non-technical people or people who didn’t pay much attention in Science class, everything about electricity sounds like Greek. This is where a good electrician comes in. They have the ability to explain complex items in very simple terms using everyday examples. They also need that confident persona i.e. show that they know what they are doing. Most of the time we engage electricians in emergency situations. It is important that the electrician is able to bring calm to a challenging situation. Whether it is an existing or new property, when you engage an electrician you want to be sure they know what they are doing and they would not do wiring/re-wiring that would create major issues in the future.
They should be good problem solvers. A lot of times when we call an electrician they may not necessarily only work on the original brief. Power may be out in a room and they would solve that problem only to realise that the CCTV is not working. A good Electrician would solve both problems before they leave the premises or at least proffer solutions to the problems.
Team player but can work independently
They should have the capacity to work independently or in a team. If you are undertaking a major refurbishment or renovation project, there would be other experts on site – plumbers for water systems, plasterers for the walls and ceiling etc. Your electrician must be able to slot in with these guys and get their job done. If need be, take advantage of the down time of the other components of the building team and do their work effectively.
Training, Qualifications, Skill & Experience
It is very important they are trained and have their qualifications. It is very, very unsafe to hand over your electrics to people with no training including handymen. You may save a few pennies today but the consequences later can be devastating. It is very important to do you research before you agree to engage them i.e. what qualifications they have, what jobs they have done and their overall experience.
Basic numeracy skills
This is very important as there are numbers involved in this role – volts, currents, dimensions of a room and the amount of cable needed for the wiring or rewiring. The right kind of sockets to match the relevant appliances. For instance the electric cooker has a separate kind of socket with voltage.
They must care. Truly care. Imagine your electrics go out in the middle of a very cold night and you have an electric heating system. They must be considerate of your plight and do all they can to assist you especially at your point of need. The work of an electrician is tasking and very vital to our way of life. The prices for their services should also be very reasonable and they shouldn’t take advantage just because you are in a tight spot.
They must always be knowledgeable and keep abreast of latest developments, applications and appliances. There are new appliances rolled out on a regular basis, they should be informed and in a position to advice you on the best options. It could be the new lights you want for your garden to make it look very homely or nice or it might be the new home cinema you want to install. Everything depends on electricity and they must be in a position to give you the best service.
If you find an electrician that has of all these qualities then BRAVO!!! There is also a chance that if you come across them, they are part of the Wembley- Electric team. For your 24 hour emergency electricians call us or fill in the contact form and we will get back to you.