When picking an effective gas engineer, you need to consider several crucial issues all at the same time. In the following paragraphs, we’ll go through them with you one at a time to help you out. First off, here are the general ideas you need to know:
- Ask the tradesman if he or she is registered as Gas Safe, and then verify it for yourself.
- Pick somebody who has plenty of specific experience in such matters.
- Collect a thorough quote from every tradesman you think about using.
- Never hire any tradesman that demands full job payment in advance.
- Ask every tradesman for an explanation of what they’re going to do as well as why.
- Never put yourself in jeopardy by diagnosing the problem on your own.
- Enquire about who will specifically doing the actual work.
Now that you’ve read the list of points, let’s consider each of these points in more detail.
Ask the tradesman if he or she is registered as Gas Safe, and then verify it for yourself.
Smart Gas Solutions Edinburgh has quality qualified gas engineers that we would recommend, meaning that homeowners can go to them with the confidence of a professional tradesman. They are our go-to when we are unable to fulfil the job ourselves.
You can’t do this with anything related to gas. Anyone in the UK working with gas is legally mandated to personally be listed on the official Gas Safe Register. This an official list of registered gas engineers certified for safe work on gas appliances, such as fires, cookers, and boilers.
This is not something you can make a DIY project. As such, you need to start everything off with making sure you only hire someone registered as Gas Safe.
Any gas engineer who is registered carries their assigned Gas Safe identification card. Ask them to let you see this card, and be sure you note their licence number. Once they leave, don’t just trust them. Use this online tool to verify their registration.
Not every gas engineer is qualified to work on every single gas appliance, so make sure you look at the backing on the card to see what they can deal with or not.
Pick somebody who has plenty of specific experience in such matters.
Once you find tradesmen legally permitted to do your work, decide on one who has plenty of relevant experience with the kind of work you need done. Some engineers might be more familiar with older technologies versus new ones, and they might also specialise in things like installations, repairs, renovations, and the like. Inspections are another possible area of specialisation that certain engineers might have lots of experience in doing. Still, someone who has mastered more than one area is also a strong possibility with a variety of applicable experience.
When you find someone with the right background, enquire about photos of previous work they’ve done. It can be sometimes a little troublesome, but try to talk to a few of their prior clients. Learn about their workmanship standards and how they accord themselves when in someone’s home.
Collect a thorough quote from every tradesman you think about using.
Don’t trust a tradesman offering you only phone quotes. They simply can’t get it right until they see things with their own eyes. Some tradesmen don’t get around to doing quotes and visits until the weekend. For starters, they might be booked up all week for installations. Second, the homeowners might not be around until the weekend.
Pick a tradesman who provides detailed quotes in writing with specific cost breakdowns but only after they visit. The cost breakdown should feature everything, including materials and labour, as well as additional costs, be it parking or travel.
Never hire any tradesman that demands full job payment in advance.
Some homeowners actually try to pay engineers before the work has even started. You should never be one of them. No matter how great the reputation and reviews might be of an engineer or the business he or she works for, don’t pay anything until the work is done. Even then, wait until you are sure you’re satisfied with how the work turned out.
Homeowners should even pick gas engineers that offer them total pricing for an entire job with their quote. Daily and hourly rates aren’t going to cut it, because you may not know what they’re doing every minute. Running up the clock does happen, unfortunately.
Ask every tradesman for an explanation of what they’re going to do as well as why.
Given the possible hazards that come with gas matters, and especially how homeowners aren’t permitted to do gas work on their own, this is one realm of knowledge that many clients have a hard time understanding.
Some are even reluctant to ask questions, and the more unscrupulous members of the industry can take advantage of this.
Avoid this by having a tradesman explain any action he is about to take before he does it. If one says a gas valve has to be changed, then ask them for an explanation of why it should be changed. This usually persuades tradesmen not to create extra and even unnecessary work for themselves. They can do that without you knowing and then charge you for things you didn’t actually need.
A tradesmen should be able to talk you through everything they do, perhaps even by showing you some little things you might to on your own. If they really know their stuff, they can show it while they do it.
Never put yourself in jeopardy by diagnosing the problem on your own.
When you’re deliberating about which particular tradesman you’re going to hire, you should avoid telling them specifically what you assume to be the problem. Rather, tell them the effects you’ve noticed, like you’re missing hot water. Then, let them figure it out for themselves.
There’s a good reason why you should do this. It’s that quite a few people look things up for themselves online before they have a tradesman visit their property. This does make some sense. However, if you tell an engineer what you think is wrong before they even get to start looking on their own, you might open the door to getting ripped off by them.
Dishonest engineers exist in this industry, and they can simply agree with you about the problem, possibly overcharging you when the real culprit is a cheaper fix.
Enquire about who will specifically doing the actual work.
The last thing you should always ask a tradesman is whether or not they’re going to be the specific person who does the actual work. Don’t wind up getting stuck with a last-minute substitution where a sub-contractor shows up who has less experience and possibly isn’t competent enough.
Taking the DIY route can be appealing in many circumstances in your home. You save money, you learn how to do things, and you feel like you truly take pride in your residence. However, gas matters are one area where you simply can’t do it legally.
If you need to consult gas engineers, keep each of these pointers in mind to make sure you find the right one and get treated well without risking your home or money.