If you need your home rewired or any electrical modifications made to your home, you must call in an electrician to carry out the work. For many homeowners, having a tradesman working in their home for a an extended period of time is a concern. Not many people have experience managing workers, and it can quite intimidating. How can you be sure that electricians are acting properly and that the outcome of the job will be exactly as you expect? Here are the four things you must do to maintain a successful working relationship with your electricians.
Agree on the work
Discuss with your electrician exactly what work will be carried out. Make sure you both understand exactly what is needed, and what it will involve. You don't want to be forced to make changes part-way through the job. This will only cause delays and complications to the rest of the job. It is far better to agree everything at the start.
Agree on the timetable
Start by agreeing a timetable for every aspect of the electrical job, and make sure that you get the completion dates for every part of the job agreed and signed by both you and your electrician. If the job will take an extended period, then ensure that you receive regular updates on how much progress is being made and that you are advised as early as possible if a completion date is not going to be met.
Agree on payment terms
It is important that you discuss in advance how you will pay your electricians. You will need to know the dates when payments are due so that you can ensure that necessary funds available. Depending on the size of the job and the materials needed, some electricians will need to ask for advance payments, or perhaps for staged payments as each part of the job is completed. Make sure that you get receipts for everything you pay so that there can be no question about how much you have paid, and how much is still owing.
Keep the paperwork
Once the job is complete you must ensure you get an electrical installation certificate to prove that the work has been carried out safely and in accordance with the appropriate regulations. This is a vital piece of paper which you may need to produce in the future if there are any concerns or if you decide to sell your home.