This section contains articles of personal opinion pieces. The language may get a little salty around the blogs, so arm yourselves with talcum powder before reading.

Sometimes I come across bad work or poor documentation from the competition. This week, a homeowner presented me with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that was both hopelessly incomplete and incorrect. I'm not going to name names, but as the homeowner kindly gave me a copy of the report that they had spent good money on obtaining, I thought I'd share it here.

David Savery Electrical Services is one year old today! Yes, twelve whole months have elapsed since incorporation of the limited company and my taking on private work. I'm pleased to report that business is brisk and my reputation for no-nonsense honesty continues to build.

The only worry is how scary it is that time flies by so quickly - and how grey my hair is going as I rocket towards 40! 

Have you ever sat down and considered the design delights of the humble UK plug and socket combination? No, of course you haven’t. At least, not unless you’re either a bit weird, some kind of industrial design student or me.

A few weeks ago I decided to invest in a change of wheels and get something with a little more space that also fitted in better with my corporate colour scheme. I’m pleased to report that after signwriting and some light customisation, my tangerine dream is now a sight to behold on the roads around Warwickshire!

Good morning Mr Savery! We’re setting up a directory of reputable tradespeople / local firms / preferred suppliers / small businesses / trusted reviews.... you can list your company for an annual fee of £xxx !”

Uh-huh. Cheers.... but no.

I dislike these calls interrupting my day. There are many such services offering to add me to their list of “reputable local businesses” ...for a price. They play on public fears that anyone not on their list is likely to appear very soon on BBC TV’s Rogue Traders, and they play on businesses fears of missing out on something the competition is using successfully to take customers from under their noses.

Personally, I don’t believe any of these directory services are worthwhile. If you’re after some work around the home, here are my ten top tips for taking on the tradespeople...