Originally Posted by fiftyintheclip
I'm an electrician and since the advent of Part P, which legally compels all of England's domestic sparks to join organizations like the NICEIC, which cost upwards of about £500 a year plus insurance, re tape expenses and training, there have never been so many unhappy sparks.
How do you assess your handyman and regulate the quality of their work? Do you carry out an annual visit to inspect work, references and qualifications?
The problem is that a handyman is expected to be able to do so many things that it is almost impossible to regulate.
The measure of a good handyman has as much to do with his versatility as his quality so we try to cover both in our entry criteria. The online test checks for versatility/experience and the independently assessed reviews (on a site like Freeindex) measures quality/customer satisfaction.
There are no recognised qualifications for handymen which again reflects the difficulty in covering the huge scope of possible work they might be asked to do. This workload is often made up of odds and ends that other trades would not be interested in or where engaging each of the proper trades would not make economic sense to the consumer.
A typical list handed to a handymen by say an elderly woman could beó
Fix up new toilet roll holder
Change blown bulb in external security lamp.
Clear out gutters
Fix dripping outside tap
Hang a heavy mirror
Repair/replace curtain rail that has fallen down
Remove ivy from around bay window
How might such a list of work be regulated? ...or even quality inspected in a practical way?
And if any of the jobs were done badly the consequences are not as life threatening as the potential work of a sparky, builder or gas fitter so the regulatory imperative is not nearly so great.