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The Worry of DIY Electrical Installations

The possibility of making huge savings as well as the satisfaction that comes with completing a project yourself makes DIY projects immensely irresistible. This applies to all home projects including electrical installations. With these two advantages in mind, even the experts can recommend a DIY project, although it depends on the complexity of the job itself.

When it comes to DIY Electrics, there is varying information and advice on what you can do and how. As tempting as it may be, DIY is not always the right option. This is because at times you may not be well versed with all the processes and safety procedures.

DIY projects are fun, but regardless of how excited you are to get the job done to the best of your ability, you can never match the expertise that comes with years of experience. This is because professionals have been exposed to differing scenarios and are more conversant with all possible mishaps and how to fix them on time.

Why the Cons of DIY Electrical Installation Outweigh the Pros

As much as the cost implications make DIY a much easier option, the expertise that comes with professional installation makes the latter a more sober choice for larger projects.

Part P Building Regulations

Part P building regulations provide all service providers with guidelines on electrical safety. The regulations cover safe DIY installations in addition to all other projects. Electricity is dangerous, which is why you should seek professional assistance before proceeding with any project no matter how small.  It is compulsory to comply with the building regulations in any project.

The problem with DIY is that you may not be very conversant with the safety electrical installation procedures, or may overlook a few albeit small steps that could make the difference between an exemplary project and a tragic accident. DIY enthusiasts who are not used to working with electricity are strongly advised to talk with professionals or hire one to take over the project.

Competence in Project Delivery

The Building Regulations safety guidelines state that all electrical installations should be carried out by competent people. It is important to know that the competence stipulated in the regulations go beyond knowing the wire colors.

In this case, a competent person is one who is fully qualified and licensed to carry out electrical installations.  This means that the installer needs to know how to check a circuit for safety, issue certificates on minor works, and check out works done by other installers for safety.


One of the most important things to look out for when it comes to electrical installations is safety. Did you know that electricity kills and injures thousands every year? Most of these accidents could have been avoided if the installations were done by competent persons to begin with. 


DIY electrical installations that are done by inexperienced DIY enthusiast may lead to extensive damage which will cost more to repair. According to most licensed installers, their major electrical work is usually simple projects gone wrong. Therefore, if you are not very conversant with electrical installations, it is advisable to employ the services of a licensed practitioner.

Every once in a while, fixing a light bulb, a malfunctioned socket or a broken fuse is a simple and straightforward task that may not need a service provider with years of experience.  Homeowners are entitled to carry out minor electrical works in their homes, and the smaller jobs do not necessarily require building regulations compliance certification. Every complete electrical installation project, regardless of the scale, should have a safety certificate indicating compliance to BS7671 wiring regulations and Part P Building Regulations.

Before You Hire an Electrical Installations Service Provider

Before any work commences in your home, you should inform the local building control office of the changes or repairs you intend to make. It is also important to give vital information such as the extent of the work to be done and who’ll do it, and their credentials.

Every service provider must have the Part P certification 

It is important to go for competent electrical installation service providers if you do not know anything about electricity. First and foremost, look at their credentials. It is important that you work with a service provider whose license is valid. Additionally, it is important to check out their reputation from other clients. It also helps if they are experienced, especially if it is a complicated process. 

If you go for the sensible option of hiring a qualified electrician, make sure they are certified. This is because the certification authorizes them to issue Minor Works Certification as well as Building Regulations Compliance Certification, which are essential in confirming that your project meets the set building regulations.