Do you enjoy doing your own home improvement projects? You say you are handy with tools and enjoy to tackling your own repair jobs. No matter how skilled you are with projects around your home, when it comes to electricity and wiring and you may want to consult and hire a professional.
When speaking to an electrician in order to get the necessary information on everything electrical. From lighting fixtures to the wiring in your walls, electricity is an important and dangerous part of your home. It is vital that you know how to work with such a dangerous thing as electricity when completing home improvement repairs, considering faulty wiring can cause serious injury and or damage to your home.
- Knowing the Code Requirements
The most frequent mistake a homeowner will make when they are doing their own electrical renovations is that they do not know the code requirements for the safety issues in general. Certified electricians are up to date on the most recent code changes as well as any requirements that are set for your specific area.
- Do Not Just Tie into an Existing Line
There have many homeowners who have just tied into an already existing circuit, while this circuit was intended to be completely isolated. Thus, meaning that there are circuits within your home that are meant to be a separate circuit set for one thing on purpose. For example: a bathroom plug, a kitchen counter plug, or refrigerator. Keep in mind that just because you can see that a line exists does not always mean you should use it to add on.
- Do Not Overload Your Circuits
Another problem that many homeowners cause is that they tend to install too many switches and plugs onto a single circuit during their renovation. Keep in mind that just because there are three bedrooms and one bath does in your home does not mean that it is a good plan to put all these rooms onto one circuit.
- Pay Now or Pay Later
It has been done too often where homeowners will try to save money by doing the electrical work on their own; this has more times than not eventually costing them more money. They end up calling a certified professional electrician in order to fix their mistakes. Keep this in mind, the cost for the repairs cost the same as if the homeowner called them in the first place. Now the homeowner is out the money that he already spent on supplies to do it him/herself.
- Do Not Cut Corners
There are many other ways that a homeowner can save money on a renovation project other than trying to do any electrical work without the skill and knowledge of the job. If you mess up on a paint job or Sheetrock installation, it just looks dreadful. Consider what may happen when you mess up an electrical system – it could result in a fire, injury, or worst a death.
- Training and Experience
Licensed, Certified, Professional Electricians have the years of instruction and skill to present. Keep in mind that there is a extremely good reason that it takes four years of classroom and on the job apprenticeship training in order to begin in an entry level position as an electrician.
- Safety Always Comes First
Although there many things that seem to be simple within the electrical field, there are countless code and safety issue items that need to be understood fully. Learning these items cannot be done just by reading a Do It Yourself Book or an online blog for half an hour. In general, it is always unsafe for any homeowner to attempt a large renovation that has electrical work involved. Keep in mind; always place the safety of yourself, family, and your home above all.
- Always Do Your Homework
If you have a specific renovation or are in need of a specific repair, make sure that the certified electrician that you plan on hiring does the type of renovation or repair that is necessary. There are some electricians that only specialize in new construction jobs only – they may not be the best electrician in order to accomplish what you need renovated or repaired.
- Do Not be afraid to Shop Around
As with any advertisement word of mouth is the best recommendation one can have, recommendations from friends and acquaintances that have used a certified licensed electrician is the best way to go. If you do not know anyone who has used an electrician and could recommend a good one, consider looking into the legitimate referrals from highly regarded sources such as, The Yellow Pages, Angie’s List, Yelp and Google. Keep in mind that it is always a good choice to find out how many years that the electrician has been in business within your area.
- Get References
A friend or acquaintance may recommend a particular certified electrician, but what if you are cold-calling an electrician without having any referral or knowledge of the certified electrician, how can you as a homeowner tell if he is reputable? Easy, ask for references, any reputable, certified licensed electrician will have no problem and very willing to give you references. A good quality reference is from a homeowner that has had work done similar to what you are planning for your renovation and hiring for and is also more than willing to answer any questions that you may have about the quality of the work the electrician performed, as well as whether the jobs were completed in a timely manner and if they would hire this particular certified electrician again.
Keep in mind; that finding the right certified licensed electrician to complete your home renovation or repair, can save you time, money, as well as a lot of headaches in the end.