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A Guide to Hiring an Electrical Contractor

A Guide to Hiring an Electrical Contractor

Electrical Contractors in Ashford, Kent

When it comes to electrical work, it is important to hire a professional who is knowledgeable, experienced, and reliable. Whether you are in need of a simple repair or a major installation, finding the right electrical contractor is crucial. In this guide, we will discuss the key factors to consider when hiring an electrical contractor, including their qualifications, experience, and reputation.

Relevant Qualifications

The first thing to look for when hiring an electrical contractor is their qualifications. Make sure any potential contractor is licensed and insured, as this ensures that they have the necessary training and skills to perform the job safely and effectively. You can also check if they are a member of any professional organisations, as this can indicate their commitment to their profession and staying up-to-date with industry developments and health and safety standards.

  • National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting - NIC EIC

  • Microgeneration Certification Scheme - MCS Certified

  • RECC - Renewable Energy Consumer Code

  • Gate Safe Aware Installer – Automated and Manual Gate Safety

  • Which Trusted Trader

Contractor Experience

When it comes to electrical work, experience is key. Look for an electrical contractor who has a proven track record of successfully completing similar projects. You can ask for references or look for reviews and testimonials from previous clients. It is also important to consider the type of experience they have. For example, if you need a contractor for a commercial project, make sure they have experience in that area rather than just residential work.

Contractor Reputation

A good reputation is essential when hiring an electrical contractor. You want to work with someone who is reliable, trustworthy, and has a good track record of delivering quality work. You can research the contractor online and check for any complaints or negative reviews. You can also ask for recommendations from local business associates, friends, family, or other professionals in the industry.

Electrical Contractor Specialisations

Some electrical contractors may have specific areas of expertise or specialisations. For example, some may specialise in residential work while others may focus on commercial, industrial, or agricultural projects. It's important to find a contractor who has experience in the type of work you need. You can also ask about any additional certifications or training they have in specific areas, such as solar panel installation, electrical vehicle charging or home automation.

Communication and Availability

Effective communication is crucial when working with an electrical contractor. Make sure they are responsive and easy to communicate with, as this will ensure that the project runs smoothly, and any project issue can be addressed promptly. It is also important to consider the contractor’s availability. If you have a tight deadline, make sure the contractor can accommodate it.

Can a General Building Contractor Do Electrical Work?

Many people ask if a general contractor can do electrical work. While some general contractors may have basic electrical knowledge, it is always safer, and often a legal requirement, to hire a licensed and experienced electrical contractor for any electrical work. They have the necessary training, expertise, and qualifications to ensure the job is done safely and up to any required safety code or law.

By considering these key factors, you can find the right electrical contractor for your project. Remember to do your research, ask for references, and communicate effectively to ensure a successful and stress-free experience. If you would like any additional tips for hiring an electrical contractor, please feel free to contact us.

Our Electrical Expertise

Kingsnorth Electrical has almost 40 years of electrical contracting experience. Working in the Ashford area and throughout Kent. Our expertise extends across a number of industries. These include:

  • Construction

  • Retailing

  • Manufacturing

  • Agriculture

  • Office

  • Residential

If you require help, or would like a quotation for electrical contractor work, please contact us by using the form on our Contact Us page or by calling us on 01233 732881.