It can be tempting when you need a bit of DIY work doing at home to take it on yourself. Now whilst a bit of painting and some small maintenance work can easily be handled by anyone with basic handy skills, there are circumstance where you may want to call in the professionals instead.

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When it comes to electrical work it is always best to get this completed by a Gloucestershire Property Maintenance Services such as However, under UK regulations and law there is certain electrical work that should always be carried out by a qualified electrician. The legal requirement is for the owner or landlord to ensure that any electrical works carried out at the property are done so in a way to make sure they are safe and will not cause any harm to anyone at the property or visiting. As a result, there are a number of works that ideally should be completed by a qualified electrician and need to be signed off by them as having been completed correctly and safely. These include the following:

  • Installing any electrical radiators at the property
  • Installing electrical towel rails or radiators at the property when hardwiring into the electrical mains is required
  • Installing an additional sockets or light switches
  • Adding in any new electrical circuits
  • Installing outdoor lights that need to be run from the mains electricity
  • Home entry system installations
  • Communal hallway smoke alarms or any emergency lighting
  • Replacing fuse boards

There are many other jobs that should also be completed by a qualified electrician.

Simple jobs can be completed by yourself as long as you feel confident enough in doing so. For any works that you are not confident in completing yourself always refer back to an electrician.

Here is a list of the kinds of things that you may wish to complete yourself

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  • Changing lightbulbs and fuses
  • Changing a basic light fitment
  • Replacing a doorbell
  • Replacing socket covers
  • Repairing any loose wiring in plugs, switches and light fitments
  • Replacing light switches
  • Replacing an electric radiator as long as remaining in the same position
  • Replacing an electric towel rail as long as like for like and remaining in the same position
  • Replacing an extractor fan
  • Disconnect and connecting appliances

These are all fairly simple to complete and centre around the replacement of an items with a new one as long as a new electrical circuit is not required.