Need to fix electrical issues at home? You might be feeling tempted to do things by yourself because you think you would save a lot of money. Without the right knowledge and equipment, however, you might end up exacerbating the problem. Not to mention, electrical work can prove dangerous. To ensure your safety and that the job will be done correctly, consider hiring a professional electrician. The good news is that when it comes to electricians Leeds boasts of plenty of reputable contractors. Here’s a checklist of what the look for in order to make the right choice.
The very first thing you should look for is proper licensing and insurance. It’s imperative that you hire a licensed electrician as this is the simplest way to make sure that you’re choosing somebody with proper training and background in the field. Don’t forget to check whether the license has expired already. When it comes to insurance, you will want to be protected from any damage to your property or injury to the electrician. Verify their coverage straight from the provider instead of simply believing the electrical contractor.
You must also take some time to learn about the qualifications of the electrician. For instance, you may want to limit your list to Master Electricians. These professionals have been in the industry for a minimum of 3 years. Through this, you can rest easy knowing you will be working with an expert with enough experience to perform his job optimally.
The attitude of the electrician toward you must also be observed. He must be professional enough throughout the process, from the initial consultation all through follow up services in case they are needed. Take note of how you’re being kept updated about the process, tools, and equipment used for the service. Through this, you can ensure that you’re getting your money’s worth.
Speaking of money, you should not go immediately for the electrician that offers the lowest rate. As you already know, you usually get what you pay for. This doesn’t mean you should hire electricians Leeds that offer exorbitantly high rates. Just try to interview several electricians and ask for written estimates. From here, you can compare their services and rates, allowing you to choose which one offers the best value for money. Of course, you should make sure that the estimates already contain the final price you need to pay. Make it clear that there shouldn’t be any hidden charges.
Did you ever wonder what life was like before electricity? Electricity is hugely important to modern day life and where would we be without all those important electricians who maintain this on our behalf? If you’re thinking about becoming an electrician but considering other trades we thought we’d give you the top 10 reasons why we think you should become an electrician today:
It pays the most of all the trades
In a resent blog post we discussed the salary expectations for electricians in 2015, the average salary for an employed electrician is £30,172 which has increased by 4.60% since 2013 and this is nearly £2000 more than plumbers who rank second in the trades pay scale. We’ve seen this increase due to a skill shortage in this sector since the recession hit in 2008 when the skilled labourers of the time left the industry for pastures new, therefore the electricians left are in short supply since the market recovery meaning they can charge more!
Obviously for those who become an electrician it is possible to supplement their salaries by going self employed, working over time, becoming approved with a JIB Card, or investing in an inspection and testing course, becoming management or moving into office work after completing our 2396 Electrical Design course, which means if you work hard you can earn a lot more than the average. There is career progression available for all electricians and there are various paths you can take!
Challenging interesting work
Dealing with electrics can be a tricky job, you have to have a great understanding of practical installation skills, electrical diagrams and health and safety. You need to be able to think quickly to provide solutions for problems working away making sure your work is compliant to the UK’s wiring and building regulations. One day you may be carrying out a standard install, the next you could be fault finding and then you could be inspecting and testing. This challenge and variety will keep you sharp and ensure that no two days are ever the same.
A career and skills for life
Once you learn your trade it’s a skill which will see you through until the end of your life, this is a sort after skill which your friends and colleagues will be interested in seeking your help and advice for.
Property side projects
Most tradesman or women have a lot of friends within the industry which means its easy for them to do up houses cheaply and sell these on, which is a healthy way of topping up that income.
The van office space
One of the most appealing reasons to become an electrician would be to own your own office on wheels this is where you can have business meetings with employees, keep your old sandwiches you decided to swap for fast food, newspapers and dirty old boots this is away from prying eyes which you can call your bachelors escape from the world. Continue reading
Before I get the question: “Why didnt you use the search function?”, I just want to say that; I did indeed use that search function… I couldnt find any results; I guess I’m bad with keywords
Anyways, I’m sure you guys get this question a lot: “What’s it like being an electrician?”
The reason I’m asking is because I’m going into Gr12 next year and Im deciding what I wanna do. For the past few years, I’ve been thinking of going into IT. My father was in IT and I’ve always liked and been extremely proficient with computers almost by nature. However, last year I took a programming course; and while I was pretty good at it (91% with minimal effort… Almost none really…), it bored the heck out of me. I decided I certainly just couldn’t do a living like that. Hardware on the other hand, I really do like. Continue reading
Maybe you’re just out of high school and you’re thinking about your professional career. Maybe you’ve got a desk job and you’re looking for a change. Or, maybe you’ve always wanted to become an electrician, and you want to make sure it’s worth it.
You’re wondering: Should I become an electrician? Is electrician a good career choice?
If you’re in a rush, we’ll give you the tl;dr (“too long; didn’t read”) version:
Yes, “electrician” is a great career.
But is it a great career for YOU?
We’ve put together a few questions to ask yourself. If you can answer “yes” to enough of the questions below, then most definitely—you’d love being an electrician!
The first question is an important one: Continue reading