This is one of the many struggles people face, there are lots of factors to consider when looking for an electrician to work in your home.
Make sure they are qualified to do the job
You need to be looking for accreditations such as NICEIC, NAPIT etc. However you should still check with these organisations as to whether they are registered or not, this can be done on the following website www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk.
Is their work of a good standard?
You need to be looking at reviews, and if possible get references from other customers. Just because they are one of the first to appear on google does not mean that they are one of the best. And if you feel they have done a good or bad job leave a review so the next person can see that.
Get multiple quotes
When getting quotes you have to be sure that all aspects of the job have been covered, and are portrayed clearly within the quote. If one of the prices is significantly lower than the others that may be a warning sign, that the job may not be done to the right standards and/or items have been left out. Any of these issues could lead to extra charges as the job proceeds.
Make sure you will receive the relevant certification once the job is complete
All good electricians will issue either a minor works certificate or an installation certificate upon completion of work where required. There may also be a requirement for the work to be notified to building control. These requirements are typically with the installation of a new circuit, the changing of a consumer unit/ fuseboard, or any works carried out in special locations such as bathrooms.
Check that you will receive a guarantee for the works completed
This is very important as if there are any problems after the job is complete as you may have to pay extra for the issues to be rectified if the work doesnt come with a guarantee.
Finally make sure they are someone you can get on with, as this will make a much more pleasant experience for you whilst they are working in your home.
the installation of a new circuit, whether at low voltage (typically 230 V) or extra-low voltage); or
the replacement of a consumer unit (fusebox); or
any alteration or addition to an existing circuit in a special location*, whether at low voltage (typically 230 V) or extra-low voltage