What You Should Know Before Hiring an Electrician

There are a lot of things to consider when hiring an electrician, and it can be a difficult decision to make without the right knowledge. This article will outline a few things to consider and some of the best questions to ask before you decide to hire an electrician.

Is the electrician licensed?

Guidelines & Safety

They should be, as there are a range of benefits that come with hiring a licensed electrician. Primarily, when licensed, an electrician will know to work within the guidelines and standards set by necessary laws and regulations, leading to a safer environment and usually higher quality of work for clients.


Additionally, licensed electricians will also be insured in case anything happens, such as damages or accidents. However rare these accidents, damages or injuries are, it’s still very important to ensure insurance is in place.

Experience & Knowledge

When an electrician is licensed and properly trained, they generally have more experience and knowledge to do with the work they’re doing. Licensed electricians should generally be able to answer any questions you have about the work they’re doing for you, about wiring or electrical equipment, and be able to educate you and offer advice after work is complete.

What to look for in a good electrician

We have already mentioned that a licensed electrician is an important point to check for, but there is a range of other things to look for when hiring a ‘good’ electrician.

References & Recommendations

There is no better indication that an electrician produces good, quality work, than a recommendation from others who have previously dealt with the electrician. Word of mouth is one of the strongest ways to work out who you should work with, and who you shouldn’t. Ask your electrician if they have any references you can follow up with, or even check websites like Checkatrade, or yell.com for previous customer reviews.

Experience & Time in Business

You might be willing to trust a freshly qualified, less experienced electrician (and their price may reflect that), but you may also want to work with an electrician with years in the business and years of experience working with electrics. Either way, there’s nothing wrong with asking how long the electrician has been in the game before making your decision to work with them.

Accurate Estimates

No one likes surprise charges, and it’s important to get an accurate quote from a couple of different electricians before starting a job. You’ll be able to compare the quotes and see which one is right for you. You may notice that different electricians charge different rates for different things, and a large factor in pricing may be experience.

Proper Documents & Formal Writing

It’s important for all necessary documents to be in writing, and for all work completed to be properly signed off in case you come to sell your home in future.

Take Your Time

It’s sometimes easy to get caught up with stress or excitement, and as such can be easy to rush a decision like this but try to avoid it! Before making a decision, make sure you compare different electricians and really think about who to choose.


If you need to hire an electrician for some electrical work, there are a few things to consider. Make sure to do your background checks, check reviews and take your time before hiring, as some jobs can be quite expensive. If you happen to be looking for an electrician in Blackpool, contact MK Electrical for a quote from professional and experienced electricians.