Frequently asked questions

What qualifications do you have?


  • City & Guilds 2394 Initial Inspection and Testing
  • City & Guilds 2395 Periodic Inspection and Testing
  • City & Guilds 2382 Requirements for Electrical Installation 18th Edition
  • City & Guilds 2393 Building Regulations for Electrical Installations in Dwellings




Aren’t all electricians qualified?


Sadly, not all electricians are qualified. It is always prudent to ask if you are unsure.




What is Part P?


Part P is the section of the Building Regulations for England and Wales that covers electrical safety.




Are you qualified to do Part P electrical work?


Yes, I am a Part P Approved Contractor registered with NICEIC. My registration number is 62229. This means that I can self-certify electrical work done on your home and notify Building Control on your behalf. You are not fully compliant with Building Regulations unless your property’s electrical installation has been authorised by a Part P electrician.




What is NICEIC?


NICEIC is a government authorised organisation that inspects, assesses and certifies contractors in the building industry. If tradespeople like me meet their strict criteria, they are considered a ‘competent person’ and are included on the official register. It give members of the public, like you, somewhere to check the status of the people you employ.




I am a landlord, do you test and inspect rental properties?


No, I no longer carry out work on rental properties.




Do you fix things like ovens, washing machines and cookers?


No, you need the skills of a Domestic Appliance Repairs Specialist.




What is an RCD?


RCD stands for Residual Current Device and they are an extra electrical safety measure that you may have in your home or workplace. They are designed to detect tiny fault currents and will disconnect the power in less than 40 milliseconds if they sense a problem.




My RCD has “tripped”, what can I do to restore power?


This is one of the jobs that I can often talk clients through on the phone, so give me a call. There are many variables involved, including a range of different RCD designs, so there isn’t one stock answer here. If we can’t work it out together, I will arrange a time to come out as soon as possible.




How much do you charge?


I will be able to give you an idea of how long a job will take after visiting, as I am not able to reliably quote over email or phone. Small jobs, such as changing a switch or a lightbulb, will incur a minimum charge of £50 for the first 30 minutes, plus materials, as usually, this will not require a prior visit.
I prefer to work on an hourly basis, plus materials. It should be possible to give you an idea of how long a job might take, however, when working on existing installations, once we have started work, it sometimes happens that we encounter complications that will make the job take longer. If that happens, I will discuss any other costs that you may incur at this time.




Can you ‘sign off’ work done by another electrician in my house?


No, Part P of the Building Regulations doesn’t allow this. You need to ask the electrician who originally did the work to provide the accompanying Certificate of Installation.




Do you do call outs on evenings and weekends?


I do not provide a 24 hour emergency service and I will make an additional charge to do out of hours work. If you get in touch, I can give you an idea of the cost of your job and perhaps work out a time during normal working hours that I can attend your property.




Do you have a minimum charge?


Small jobs will incur a minimum charge of £50 for the first 30 minutes, plus materials.




Can you give me a quote over the phone or via email?


Unfortunately, I cannot reliably quote for jobs over the phone or via email. I will need to visit your property in order to give you an accurate idea of how long a job might take.





If you have any questions that aren't covered here, please get in touch.