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Lumlec cover all aspects of Electrical works from replacing light fittings to complete rewires, networking and tv outlets installations and all types of electrical testing including PAT testing and Electrical Installation Condition Reports. We also carry out works on commercial and industrial premises including fire alarm, extinguisher and emergency lighting testing and maintenance. We are also approved to install EV charging points in line with government grants. We carry out security system installation and maintenance including security alarms and CCTV systems with products to meet most budgets. We have a huge range of expericence and pride ourselves on being clean, tidy and friendly workmen. All our works are fully certified and carried out at a very high standard.

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Reviewed by Sharleen on 11/6/2020

Fast efficient service and cleaned up afterwards . Even did an additional job in with price . Great service !

Simco Security provide the latest In fire & security protection. We can supply, install and maintain any fire and security system. We are SSAIB registered and Checkatrade approved making us your first choice for all your fire and security needs.

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Reviewed by Kathryn on 10/3/2022

Luigi was extremely knowledgeable, gave great advice and worked quickly and efficiently. A great service, highly recommended.

We are fully compliant with BS7671 & are guided by IET regulations to ensure we deliver the most accurate & up-to-date information possible. We follow all electrical safety regulations. Outstanding knowledge of commercial & residenstial installations.

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Reviewed by Phil on 4/3/2022

Felix is a legend. Super efficient, very friendly and makes sure that he gives the best advice possible. Def recommend!

I have been in the trade for many years & I'm very experienced, I'll give the best quoteation no job to big or small!

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Reviewed by Lorraine on 9/4/2022

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Reviewed by Shalaka on 19/11/2021

Great

Seaward and Sons is a family run, NICEIC Approved, Electrical business based in Buckinghamshire. We cover London and the Home Counties and pride ourselves on the standard of our work and the level of customer service that we provide. Covering all aspects from Domestic to Industrial, our team deliver “Excellence as Standard”. If you want a job done properly, the first time, choose us.

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Reviewed by georgia on 14/1/2022

Efficient, trustworthy and knowledgable - excellent workmansip.

We as a business provide landlord certificates. By law, landlords need various certificate to rent or sell a property. E.g. Gas safety certificate, electric certificate, EPC, PAT etc. Our registered & trained assessors visit domestic properties (house/flats) and carry out assessment (gas, electric etc) and issue certificate. we provide necessary remedial works to bring the property up to the regulation standard.

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Reviewed by Kim on 16/2/2022

He is a very reliable person with Excellent service. He did my 2 property EICR job in the Northolt UB5 area. The price is reliable and the service is fantastic. I always recommend him for a quality job. Thank you Mehedi Hassan for your 5-star job. All the best. regards Khem

We are a company with experience in domestic installers we offer all type of general building services.You can be assured that your job is in the safe & professional hands! FREE estimates and call out of charge.Visit us on Facebook for more info: @2BROTHERSCCONSTRUCTION. Thank you!!!

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Reviewed by Elias on 31/1/2022

We're so delighted that we went with TBC. TBC completed major works on our property - structural works, full electrics/re-wiring, plumbing, tiling, decorating, new flooring, new bathroom etc. etc. TBC were so professional throughout and had all the relevant knowledge with regards to certificates and approvals needed. They worked incredibly hard and to the highest quality. They have been readily available to come over and finish off the final snags. We look forward to working with TBC again for our loft!

Electrical inspecting & testing certification EICR's Fault finding Electrical installation Consumer unit rewiring Outdoor electrical wiring Electrical design Electrical surveys Socket & lighting replacements Security lighting installation Rewires Qualifications SVQ 3 recognised apprenticeship 17th addition inspection Compex Certified

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Reviewed by Paul on 17/4/2022

David did a good job fitting electricity to my shed. Very neat and tidy and did not take long. Would highly recommend and will use again for any other electrical projects

My Company name angrej construction LTD I am builder

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Reviewed by Ali on 9/6/2020

Great value for work done.

Radegast Engineering has over 27 years of experience, providing mechanical contracting services to domestic, industrial and commercial clients. We have a strong commitment to Health & Safety. Radegast Engineering has the in-house engineering experience. Our mechanical engineers provide design and installation of Gas, Air-conditioning, Heating, Cooling, Ventilation and Steam services in any application. Our engineers will also undertake Hot and Cold Water and Drainage aspects of the project. Each of our engineers have excellent knowledge of gas appliances as they all have worked for boiler manufactures such as, Valliant, Glowworm, Ideal Boilers and AO Smith. So you can be guaranteed a manufactures level of service .

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Reviewed by Maggie on 13/2/2022

Super helpful guys. Cooperative and knowledgeable, they installed our new heat pump without fuss and within agreed price, thank you Rad.

During COVID-19 we are taking special precaution to protect our self and our customers through the following guidelines; Minimise personal contract of 2 metre Wash our hands prior to and completion of works Wipe down the area worked on with anti-bacterial wipes after completion of works Techfix Electric here to solve your electrical issues or projects, we undertake all aspect of electrical work for homes, Shops, Hotel, Pubs, Clubs, Gyms and more facilities. With over 10 years of experience you can count on us to take on all types of electrical services, served over 1500 customers, with outstanding results we have continued to grew from strength to strength by working closely to meet our client demands at a required deadline. We are Part P registered by Stroma Installer certifications / Napit who regular assessed the company's skills, qualifications and knowledge's. Why choose us - We will always respect our customer's property and time schedule Our is work backed by our insurance policies Our work covers 6 years STROMA Warranty Issuing BS7671 software certificate for all of our work Our Services: Some of our extensive services are listed below. Please feel free to get in contact so that we can discus a tailored solution in more details. Landlord Certificate Instruder Alarms Consumer unit / fuseboards Upgrades Full / Partial Rewire EICR/ Periodic Inspection PAT Testing Emergency Lighting Fire Detection and smoke alarms Electric Vehicle Charger Repairs/ Install Extractor fan Electric Showers Electric shaver Underfloor heating LED Mirrors, Hot tub Kitchen Upgrades Full Kitchen Rewire Electric Oven Cooker Hob/ Hoods Sockets & Lighting Storage heater Fire place, Fan heaters Towel rail Underfloor heating. We offer customise design for the installation that will suits your needs, include helping you select materials, colors, positioning the installation to suit you. Accreditations, Qualifications Intruder Alarms Installer CCTV and Access Control Installer 18th Edition BS 7671 Electrical installation Level 3 Electrical Installation 2391 Electrical Inpection and Testing Pat Testing Electric Vehicle Charger point Insurance. • £5M Approved public liability and indemnity insurance ( We can provide original documents)

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Reviewed by Kate on 5/1/2022

The electrician was polite and thorough. He tested everything, explaining exactly what he was doing. Located the issue.

I have more than 10 years of experience as a professional electrician and have recently joined with RatedPeople. I also have public liability insurance with NICEIC and I am registered with Part P. Safety and reliability is key to my business among with professional high quality, tidy work. No job is too small or too large and all jobs are tackled in the same professional manner for all customers. I specialise in all types of electric work, including domestic and commercial work, from changing a socket to a full house re-wiring in any house or facility; The work I do includes: Full rewiring Consumer units Fault finding Underfloor heating Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors Inspection and testing Installing sockets, lights, extractor fans, doorbells Electric showers, electric cooker , electric heating, etc. Feel free to contact me for any other work not listed above. I addition to the above I also undertake general building and carpentry work such as fitting doors,laminate flooring,brickwork and stud walls, bathroom and and general plumbing and all your property maintenance requirements. I hope to hear from you soon.

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Reviewed by Jag on 18/5/2022

Work ok but did not finish what I paid him for. Hopefully he will come back.

Competent electrician with over thirty years experience. All types of domestic and commercial work undertaken. Free - no obligation - quotes.

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Reviewed by Rob on 21/9/2021

Competitive quote, work undertaken to good standard, happy customer

Loyal honest modernisation company ready to help out with small or big job, very flexible for your needs.

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Reviewed by ANGE on 3/2/2021

Extremely pleased with all work carried out by GED and co. I have a really old house without a straight wall in it. GED fitted skirting, coving, electrics,floors, reboarded and insulated single brick walls, tiled floors in kitchen and conservatory amongst other smaller jobs. Everything was done to a high standard and with pride, no cutting corners. A very polite team, turned up when he said he would. In fact it was a pleasure to have them do the work I required. I wouldn't hesitate to employ him again

LANDLORD SAFETY CHECK/CERTs All electric jobs undertake The Job never to small. 100% satisfied client. Just call to convince

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Reviewed by Stuart on 29/1/2022

Robert did a first class job for the quoted price.His work was professional and tidy with all the relevant certificates and invoices sent swiftly by email.I would not hesitate to recommend him and have pencilled him in for next years PAT tests.

We are at highest quality builders. All aspect of building work. Please book appointment at our show home in a Caversham

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Reviewed by Lorraine on 4/11/2021

Wojciech was a delight to work with. He was meticulous, honest, sincere and very good craftsmanship with the beam installation. His price was unbeatable and his communication, professional and neatness after the work done exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend him for any house improvements and would rehire him for all my projects in future. Thank you Wojciech and team you are not only good tradesmen but also lovely human beings to work with. So glad to have worked with you all!

Hello I am nick dawson of dawsonclarke I am new to rated people but I have over 6 years experience in the construction, commercial and domestic industry’s Working as a maintenance electrician in central London. Insurance Public liability £ 2M Professional indemnity insurance £1M

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Reviewed by Nigel on 12/5/2022

Arrived on time. Methodical in his work approach and resolved an issue Quickly Thank you

I’m a handyman with many years experience. I’m doing everything from painting to electrical work. Professional electrical engineering education.

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Reviewed by caroline on 22/4/2022

Excellent professional manner. Polite and prompt. Job done was perfect very competitive price.

Great timely work, friendly service and kept in contact until paperwork came through. Would highly recommend and hire again in future.

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Reviewed by Lisa on 29/4/2022

Andrew did the job quickly and efficiently. Also very friendly and cleaned up once finished. Have waited 5 years for this socket - wasn’t a straightforward job but Andrew took it on and got on with it. Very happy. Thank you!

We are a group of experienced electricians and locksmiths serving the Northwest. No job too big or too small. We specialise in landlord checks, EICRs (electrical inspections), PAT testing, EV car charging installs, full and part re-wires, fault finding and repairs, anything and everything electrical. 24-7, so we are here for any emergency too.

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Reviewed by Christine on 14/4/2022

Excellent. Would definitely use again in the future. Very reliable and reasonable price.

I'm a sole trader with 14 years experience. I set up TiCo electrical up over 2 years ago and haven't looked back since. Specialise in all aspects of electrical work.

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Reviewed by Kieney on 14/1/2022

Brilliant service, prompt arrival and friendly . It was a very fair price, and they were very efficient as they went above and beyond to assist us as we didn't have right screws for bracket for the tv and he went and got some for us. Would definitely recommend to everyone :) Thankyou for helping us

With over 30 years' experience, no job is too big or too small! Contact Jim today to receive a free quotation.

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Reviewed by Darren on 19/5/2022

Jim was amazing, really knowledgable and provided us with great advice that literally has saved us thousands of pounds. Did a great 1st job for us and now is doing our major work in June - look forward to seeing him back again

We can offer you a complete and bespoke Domestic & Commercial service including; surveys, installations and maintenance. We have built a strong domestic customer base thanks to our outstanding service which has lead to a steady stream of word-of-mouth recommendations. This is also a bonus for our customers as our competitive prices are consistent and so you always know what you are paying for. We also provide a guarantee with all work carried out and will provide you with the relevant certification on asking. We are fully qualified domestic electricians so rest assured that work is always carried out by professionals with plenty of knowledge and experience. Our staff are all CRB checked for your peace of mind and we are members of several leading trade organisations. Unlike many other electricians, we can deliver our services based on your exact specifications and will endeavour to work with you on the projects and offer advice along the way. GSP can provide contracted services to the regions domestic, commercial and industrial projects. We specialise in the small to medium projects where the larger sub-contractors are not willing to take on these lower value or shorter term contracts, providing an essential service to those who require a small team to undertake crucial, but often difficult to obtain qualified and professional electrical installers to undertake. Domestic We offer a personal and professional approach to working in a domestic property. We understand that quality workmanship, competitive pricing & tidiness on the job are the most important things when choosing an electrical contractor to work in your home or rental property. Customer satisfaction is paramount, and we always aim to deliver a quality service every time. We cover all domestic electrical services from changing accessories to complete rewires and consumer unit changes. All work is certified and guaranteed for 12 months. Looking for educational electrical services? Get a hassle free, no-obligation quote from the professionals today. Commercial We provide a professional testing service to businesses and domestic customers alike. Ensuring your electrical installation is safe and in accordance to BS7671, in your home or Business will give you peace of mind. Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) are provided following a periodic test of the installation and highlight any areas of non compliance.

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Reviewed by Jenny on 20/5/2022

Prompt reply & quote, good availability & great communication. Tidy & considerate workers - would recommend.

KI ELECTRICAL are fully insured, registered, and DBS CRB police checked. We cover all types of electrical installations from single sockets, lighting, part rewires full rewires, fuse board upgrades, testing and inspection, Electrical Installation Condition Reports to electric vehicle charging points. KI ELECTRICAL are working in line with up to date regulations, which will give you peace of mind. The advantages of using an NICEIC electrician is that we are able to certify and notify local authorities of any work carried out and completed.

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Reviewed by Peter on 16/3/2022

Kenny has done a great job fitting our kitchen, really takes pride in his work and a nice guy as well!

We are a small family run business who aim to provide a excellent service to our customers, we pride ourselves on our work and causing minimal damage to decor and disruption to our areas of work. We keep up with current regulations and provide guarentees.

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Reviewed by Keith on 10/3/2022

Chris came out with a team of 3 worked quickly and professionally,to fit my fuse box and certificate the property. Overcoming obstacles with ease. The quoted price was fair and kept to. I'm very happy with the work and recommend him highly.

Let us take care of your to-do list. Take advantage of our flexible tradesmen services for your home or office. Enjoy a Fantastic guarantee for high quality and workmanship! We believe in providing excellent and convenient services by friendly and reliable professionals.

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Reviewed by Jackie on 9/4/2022

Amazing service!

NRJ Electrical is a fully registered company that completes every task and job to the highest standards possible. We are a highly reliable company who deal with every customers needs in a flexible and friendly manner.

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Reviewed by Katherine on 14/5/2022

Electricians arrived as quickly as they can after getting a return call from them. Job was done well. They explained to me what happened and gave some advice about our extractor fan’s switch being too close to the cooker. They were also very nice and even played with my toddler who was being so nosy about what they were doing. Highly recommend them.

Quick response electricians specialists in reactive, proactive maintenance and installations of any size. Fault finding specialists with 27years of experience.

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Reviewed by Michael on 3/2/2022

Great service and attention to detail will use again

We are a small Security and Electrical company, based in Lincolnshire. We install CCTV and Alarm systems, Security Access equipment. We build data networks. Plus we also do minor electrical work, such as outside lighting, security lights and outdoor building installations

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Reviewed by Mick on 1/10/2021

Absolutely brilliant, Simon was very polite, workmanship great very neat and tidy. Would recommend ??

Established over 25 years now and pride itself in providing a high and safe quality of service.Liability insurance.

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Reviewed by Y on 18/5/2022

Work completed well and on time

We do everything to make clients happy.

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Reviewed by Clarissa on 16/4/2022

we are a FULLY QUALIFIED FAMILY running bussnis, whit multi trading experience, floor specialist , painting and decorating, gardening, electrical, pluming ...... what ever you need give us a call . 18 yahrs experience.

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Reviewed by Sharon on 20/4/2022

Yucef has just finished my bathroom refit. He quoted competitively and when on site (no waiting for quotes not to come) and gave a quick start date & timeline that he kept to. The job is well done and his comms throughout kept us up to date and able to make informed decisions. We were so pleased with his work that we asked him to do two other jobs (external painting and new garage frontal and electric door) and he and his team have completed them on time, in budget and they look fabulous.

Hi beautiful people, my name is Rudy I'm an Electrical Engineer with university in Electrotecnical and Electronic Engineering. £2M Liability Insurance. I have 7 years experience in this field. I only take on what I'm confident that I can deliver at a high standard. I like to work clean, with respect to property and costumer. I prefer smaller jobs than full a rewiring. I have a day job as a qualified engineer. I do this jobs in my free time to achieve my goals, and to help my children have an easier life than I had. I'm always ready to negotiate a reasonable price with my clients. Majority of my clients stay in contact with me and call me for other job's. If I don't know something I know someone who will be able to help. Some of my qualifications are Electrical Engineer IOSH Managing Safety Electrical Equipment Testing PAT Electrical Vehicle Charger Maintenance and Emergency (Rolec) 18th Edition FIA Emergency Lighting Advanced Asbestos Awareness General Risk Management ECS Electrical (Power) Academically Qualified

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Reviewed by Mike on 24/3/2022

Rudy is a star. Friendly, helpful and professional in his advice and work.

Building for your comfort!

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Reviewed by Phebe on 20/5/2022

Great job done on my garden. Punctual and very professional service. I will happily recommend and use again. Thanks Andrei

Electrical contractor/installater with 12 years experience, covering East & West Sussex. Specialise in LED lighting installations. Associated to NAPIT (National Association of Professional Inspectors & testers). re-wires - partial & full, upgrades etc. 18th edition BS7671 (current version) NEST PRO Installer Electric vehicle charge point installer IOSH Managing safely Scott Podmore TMIET

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Reviewed by STEPHEN on 25/3/2021

Most prompt and efficient -- job done. A really nice person, who advised on what would be suitable for my requirement and executed same day. What service, at a sensible price.

GP Digital Services has over 25 years’ experience in audio visual installation and TV technology. We are to proud offer a service in security systems such as CCTV and alarm installations whilst we cover a wide variety of technology, coming from a background of electronic repair and installation. Our work can also be viewed on Facebook; and reviews across Google.

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Reviewed by Paul on 29/3/2022

Quick to quote, came out on time when agreed and fantastic job to mount tv and sound bar for me. Will definitely be using again

Welcome to MET Electrical Services.

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Reviewed by Anca on 15/6/2020

Always on time, very professional, polite , clean work, everything is working perfect now, I recommend MET, also good price, we are pleased with their work.

Hi I'm Mike from Smart power solutions we cater for a variety of different jobs weather it is as small as changing a pendant to a full house rewire. We have many years experience and specialise in rewires. We also have a garage conversion side to the company in which we install high end garage conversion complying with all regulations.

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Reviewed by Dianne on 29/3/2021

Very happy with the job.Nice guys and very tidy.What more could you want

We are a well established family business with many years experience within the home maintenance industry. We pride ourselves on being, friendly, trustworthy and reliable, leaving every job to a high standard at an affordable price. Read our ratings they speak for themselves.

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Reviewed by Janine on 24/4/2022

Excellent, swift service! Jo helped source a replacement tap and it was picked up to do the job next morning. Arek arrived when said and good job done. Thank you team

Hi, we are a NICEIC Electrical Engineering firm, we have over 10 years experience in a wide range of Engineering We specialise in Electrical, Electronics, Domestic heating, and Plumbing. We offer you a competitive quotation rate and treat you professionally, with respect and we are very friendly. We can honour you with a great results at the end of all our work. We work to the up to date standards for example, Electrical Standards which is the 18th Edition, NICEIC Part P and MInstMC.

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Reviewed by Simon on 23/1/2022

Yosef was the only trades person I contacted ( and there were many) who was able to do the job. He designed and built a control box and installed it without any complaints. In fact, when he did hit some issues , because of our old house, he simply laughed and solved the problems. He’s a clever, honourable and honest man who did a great job. I have booked home to do more and would highly recommend him.

We are professional, Qualified Electricians working locally and nationally to provide great customer service. I personally have been in the industry for a total of 8 years and counting so would like to say that I know a thing or two. All our work is fully covered and so you can have peace of mind knowing that we will provide nothing but a professional service keeping the customer in mind first. We specialize in all domestic work and like to suggest ideas as best we can and can even adapt to your ideas if you'd like to help you get it right the first time. We can be contacted 24/7 and can provide a 24/7 call out service so whether its' 4am or 4pm we will always be there to take your calls and provide a service. Contact us for a a finance option for the more larger jobs, Helping to spread the costs to work better for you.

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Reviewed by Michael on 17/5/2022

Hasan was great from the start: quick to visit, understand what I was after and send a quote. A week later he started on a large and awkward garage re-wire using metal conduits. Him and his colleague worked tirelessly and stayed late to get the job done with a lot of attention to detail I don't think you'd find with the average electrician. Hasan made some very good suggestions on top of the work I asked for as well. Thanks a lot ????

Gas Safe Registered engineer covering all aspects of domestic gas small plumbing and electrical works. All white goods covered (gas appliances, electric appliances, washing machines dishwashers, fridges etc) integrated works also undertaken. Please Note: Call out charges apply

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Reviewed by Sheila on 16/11/2021

Arrived promptly. Efficient service. Would use again.

L&P Electrical Engineering Ltd is a friendly and reliable electrical company who consider no job as too big or too small. Based in New Broughton, our team of qualified, professional electricians have 30 years of experience in the industry. We consistently offer value and quality to commercial and domestic customers and pride ourselves on the positive feedback that we get from our many satisfied customers. Our working area covers both North Wales and the North West of England.

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Reviewed by James on 18/11/2021

All three jobs done professionally.

Hants Electrical Services are an NIC EIC approved contractor

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Reviewed by Gaurav on 21/5/2020

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Security Installation Specialists - High Definition CCTV. Hard wired and wireless Intruder Alarms. Intercom Door Entry. Access Control. Gate Automation. ACJ Security Systems will oversee the entire installation process of your new security system to ensure that you feel completely secure in your home or business. We pride our company on the highest standard of workmanship, attention to detail and professionalism. From basic to more advanced systems our aim is to deliver exactly what you need for peace of mind. We work with private, domestic and commercial clients in London and the southeast and have various projects nationwide. ACJ offer a free no obligation quote which is very competitive and are flexible to work around your schedule.

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Reviewed by Richard on 19/4/2022

Great service, communication and responsiveness. My job wasn't big or glamorous (crimping computer cables together) but I needed expert help and that's what I got. If something comes up like this again will get in touch with them. Highly recommended.

JW Property Services Ltd are committed to a friendly, reliable, highest standards Property Service for both Domestic & Commercial property's in Dorset & surrounding areas. Whether you need minor Electrical repairs to Home Improvements, you can rely on JW Property Services Ltd to listen to your needs to offer a quick quotation. Call today for your free quotation on any work you need doing. JW Property Services Ltd are insured for peace of mind (in fact, up to 5 million). JW Property Services Ltd Services we offer are: Electrical work TV & Satellite to CCTV, Painter and Decorator, Home Improvements, Concreting, Exterior Painting, General Building and many more.

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Reviewed by Nigel on 8/4/2022

Very pleased. Excellent work

Working within an NSI gold approved Fire, Security & Electrical company. Works include Installation & maintenance of fire & intruder alarms, CCTV and access control. Also all domestic electrical works. New to RatedPeople however I have 5 years of experience in the industry so please do not let my lack of reviews & ratings affect your decision weather to hire me or not.

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Reviewed by Gordon on 29/4/2022

Sorted and fitted our Ring doorbell really quick with no issues. Great at communicating when arranging to do the job.

Electrician with 17 years experience in all types of electrical work. Three key words - Affordable - Reliable and Professional.

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Reviewed by John on 3/5/2022

On time quick, efficient and pleasant.

Domestic and commercial electricians you can trust Having problems with your electrics? Need a professional electrical installation? Look no further than Merryvale Electrical Services.As an established business with a wealth of electrical experience.

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Reviewed by Stephen on 13/5/2022

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Fire Alarm Installation specialists - what you need to know

It might just be the most important item you ever buy – your fire alarm could save your life. So, it pays to ensure it’s installed correctly.

No matter whether you opt for a top of the range “smart fire alarm” system, or the most basic model, if your alarm isn’t fitted in the right place and set up properly, it isn’t going to give you and your home the best protection.

Fire alarms will usually be located on your ceiling, in the centre of the room away from lights or any appliances that create steam. The number and location of fire alarms you need will vary according to the size and layout of your home.

The golden rule is at least one fire alarm per floor, but as fires can start anywhere you might consider installing a unit in every room (other than bathrooms) for maximum protection. The key consideration is that you can hear the alarm (should it sound) wherever you are in your house.

Cost of fire alarm installation

Including labour and alarm units

  • Budget: 2 x battery alarms – £100-£150
  • Medium: 2 x wired and interconnected alarms – £250-£350
  • Expensive: 2 x smart home alarms – £450+

What type of fire alarms are there?

There are 4 main types of fire alarm out there, and the option you choose will depend on your home, as well as the level of protection you’re willing to pay for.

Ionisation models are very common and are often the cheapest option. They detect very small particles of smoke, alerting you before it gets too thick. However, their sensitivity makes them prone to false alarms if they’re too near the kitchen.

Optical alarms are more expensive and are particularly effective at detecting slow-burning fires – the type triggered by smouldering upholstery or overheated wires. They’re also less likely to be triggered by innocent charred toast than ionisation alarms.

Heat alarms are more advanced systems that can detect increases in temperature and don’t rely on smoke to trigger a warning. This means they are suitable for use in a kitchen, although their coverage is much smaller than smoke-detection-based units.

Finally, a new breed of smart fire alarms (including the likes of Google-owned Nest) offer you even greater peace of mind. They’re slightly more advanced smoke-detection systems that are able to automatically alert your mobile phone, as well as integrating with security and other home protection services.

It’s also possible to get alarms that detect carbon monoxide, as well as smoke or heat. You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, so it’s advisable to get something that can detect this gas as well.

How do I look after my fire alarm?

Your fire alarm installer should be able to give you advice on how to look after your alarm. The majority of modern alarms should last between 7-10 years as standard, so replacing the batteries (or the unit itself) soon after installation won’t be necessary.

Most smoke alarms will need very little maintenance. Testing your alarm every couple of months is usually recommended (but refer to your specific model’s instructions, as they will state the exact frequency). Be sure to keep the alarm clean and free from dust or cobwebs too.

What fire alarm regulations do I need to know?

Articles 13 and 17 of the Fire Safety Order 2005 require homeowners to have fire alarms installed and properly maintained. Beyond that, the regulations aren’t as specific as you might think. The only other stipulation to be aware of is for mains-powered systems to have a battery backup.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There are no specific qualifications your tradesperson needs to install a fire alarm. Where electrical work is involved, your installation expert may require NICEIC (the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accreditation to sign off their work.

Insurance for fire alarm installation

Your main ask of a fire alarm installer will be public liability insurance. They may only be conducting very minor work, such as drilling holes for alarm unit brackets, but it’s easy for a hidden pipe or wire to cause big headaches. Public liability insurance will keep you and your property protected against damage.

Any units your installer supplies should also carry a warranty, so ask about that too.

Questions you should ask your fire alarm installation specialist

  • How many alarms would they recommend installing (and where)?
  • Will they show you how the system works?
  • Do the alarms they supply come with warranties?
  • Can they provide public liability insurance details?

Your local fire service

It’s also worth checking in with your local fire brigade to see what free advice or services they have. Depending where you are in the UK, most local fire brigades will do a free assessment of your home, including fitting smoke alarms if yours aren’t safe enough.

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