Choosing a Registered Electrician  As a Which? Trusted Trader we have a range of support services available to us and our customers. One of these services is access to an independent Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) service, which enables our customers to seek an impartial review of a complaint in the unlikely event that we are unable to resolve it between ourselves.  This is a free service for the customer, offered by Dispute Resolution Ombudsman, an approved government scheme. Further information about the Ombudsman can be found at http://www.disputeresolutionombudsman.org/whichtrustedtraders/ or by telephoning them on 0333 241 3209 

Know the right questions to ask 

It can be tricky to assess if your electrician is legitimate without the right questions. But the good news is this doesn’t have to be complex. Start by checking that the individual is qualified and whether they choose to be a registered member of one of the Government approved schemes. Choosing a registered electrician means you will get additional protections should something go wrong. Contact the scheme directly if you want to check the individual’s registration 
 
 

Don't be embarrassed - ask to see the paperwork 

Some people feel embarrassed about checking qualifications of the person they are employing but if you are working with a tradesperson who is unwilling to show you evidence of their qualification and registration status this could be a warning sign. 
 
 
 

Don't just take their word for it - get a reference 

If you are uncertain about an individual ask them to provide references of previous happy customers. Ask these referees to explain the work they had done and how satisfied they were with the job done. 
 
"Myself and my wife Catherine are more than happy to supply as many references as you require please just ask." 
 
 

Get more than one quote 

Get a few quotes so that you can compare options. The cheapest quote may not be the best deal - if it seems too good to be true, it probably is! 
 
 
 

Know everyone working in your home - don't rely on the contractor to make the choices 

We are seeing a growing problem with contractors such as builders or kitchen fitters making poor or cheap choices of the electricians they employ or work with on a job. It’s easy to assume the tradesman in charge will check qualification and registration. But don’t leave it to chance – ask to see proof of everyone’s ability yourself. 
 
 

If it doesn't feel right - get advice  

Don’t feel pressured to make a decision quickly. If an electrician makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason, then seek advice before you contract them to do work for you. The guidance on these pages will help you. 
 
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Trading Standards will be able to give advice if you want to dispute work. 
 
 
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