MARKET HARBOROUGH, England, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Builder Guide, the UK's leading resource for finding qualified local trades people has published a new guide on its top tips for sourcing a reliable electrician.
Builder Guide was created to help consumers find appropriate trades people for the various types of work they need completing in and around the home. Before the internet existed the options for homeowners to find legitimate, good quality trades professionals were incredibly limited. Coupled with less stringent regulations there was a real risk that you could employ rogue tradesmen and end up with very poor quality work.
Whilst building regulations have improved across all building trades over the last few years, there are still cowboy operators out there who should be avoided at all costs. Hence for those home owners who don't know of any qualified trades professionals it pays to do some research online.
Builder Guide not only has a database of thousands of trade professionals covering many specialisms from plumbing to painting and decorating, they are also continuously publishing information on all topics related to the home, whether it's a guide on how a home can reduce its energy bills, top tips on how to complete various DIY tasks around the home or sourcing recommended trade professionals for work of a trickier specialist nature. Builder Guide's latest publication is top tips on choosing an electrician.
The Regulations for electrical work are continuously reviewed and improved to ensure homes are a safe environment to live in. Today any electrical work completed in England and Wales needs to conform to the Part P Building Regulations Electrical Safety Rule, which was introduced in 2005.
The latest rules applicable to electrical work mean that any simple repair or replacement work can be carried out by the homeowner or someone who isn't a qualified electrician. This also applies to adding power and lighting points, as well as other alterations to existing circuits, so long as these additions or changes are not taking place outside, or in the kitchen or bathroom. Work in those locations or larger more complex jobs such as upgrading a home's fuse box, also known as a consumer unit, or rewiring a house must be completed by a professional registered electrician, plus the local Building Control Department needs to be told.
David Holmes, Builder Guide's founder commented, "The internet really can be an incredible useful and powerful tool for those home owners who don't know anyone but need to employ a skilled trades person. When you need to call on this specialist type of work it can be costly, so the last thing you want is for the work to not be of a good standard or worst still make your home unsafe and end up costing more to get it rectified. Consumers using Builder Guide can have peace of mind that all trades professionals featured on our site are qualified registered tradesmen, and in many instances users of our site have recommended them due to the good work they have completed in their own homes."
For more information visit builderguide.co.uk
SOURCE Builder Guide