Homeowners in the UK are entitled to carry out electrical work in their homes themselves if they wish to. However, all jobs should be done by a competent person and must adhere to safety standards and building regulations where appropriate. Part P compliance is required in England and Wales; those who do not comply are committing a criminal offence and could face prosecution as a result. A local authority can even force home owners to remove or alter work that doesn’t comply.
Any rewiring work done in a property, the garden or outbuildings needs to be in line with BS 7671. Evidence that the work was carried out by a competent person must be kept and the work should be registered under Part P. Certification needs to be provided at the time when the job is completed; homeowners cannot ask an electrician to certify it after the fact.
Homeowners will always be tempted to do small scale jobs themselves rather than hiring an electrician. One of the biggest problems electricians encounter when called to a property to fix issues is with faulty wiring that people have attempted to do themselves. A project such as changing a light switch or installing a new socket may seem simple, but it can actually be very challenging and attempting it yourself could result in all kinds of problems, including damaging devices and creating a shock or fire hazard.
It is always better to hire a professional from the beginning to ensure the work is carried out to a high standard and complies with regulations. When hiring electricians you should confirm they are Part P certified, have the right experience and possess insurance. When the work is finished, you should also make sure they provide certification. You need to keep it safe and provide it if you ever decide to sell the property or let it out.
At Q-Energy we offer professional services courtesy of our highly trained electricians in Derbyshire. We work across the entire region and take on all kinds of domestic jobs, from small scale projects all the way to full rewires and complex jobs. Homeowners can contact us for advice and to arrange a consultation.