When faced with electrical work (both large and small) in your home or business, many of us weigh the benefits of tackling the job ourselves or choosing a qualified electrician. With the wealth of DYI electrical repair videos and handyman online resources, it’s definitely not a decision to take lightly. We may even consider using a trusted friend to help us with a job too big for one person or one that is beyond our comfort zone. Cost savings are generally the driving force to look into options other than hiring a fully qualified, licensed, and insured electrician, but in the end is it truly worth it? Here’s a few things to consider when you think about value and investment in your home or business.
Experience and Expertise
Although you or a friend may have completed some electrical work in the past with acceptable results, this doesn’t mean you have the experience or knowledge to properly diagnose any particular issue and its rightful solution. Personal experience is limited to what you’ve been exposed to and is often dated. Electrical code is an elastic set of rules that do change with time. A lawful fix 20 years ago may not be acceptable today. Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know and that could lead to costly and dangerous consequences.
The appeal of a low price fades quickly when unqualified work turns into a safety issue. Electrical work on your home or business is actually an investment in the safety and comfort of those who occupy that space. As with most investments, you typically do get what you pay for. DYI electrical work may appear fine or work as needed in the beginning, but unlicensed electrical work often cuts corners and the safety of the work diminishes over time. Safety and functional issues may not present themselves until further down the road and with swift and sometimes disastrous results. Licensed electricians offer warranties on their work and can guarantee the work to be done right, the first time.
Insurance, Licensing and Liability
Unlicensed electrical work comes with the risk of leaving yourself open to legal liabilities for accidents that occur on your property as a result of electrical work. Even changing an outlet or ceiling fan improperly could cause insurance claim issues if a fire was deemed due to unlicensed work. Fully licensed, bonded and insured electrical professionals can help ensure the work is done right and grant you peace of mind should anything unexpected happen.
Value and Quality
A quick fix can be lighter on the pocketbook, however if not performed correctly, electrical repairs can be very costly down the road. Shoddy electrical work will likely need to be done again which means paying twice for the same repair. Often, other components in your home or your home itself may also suffer damage as a result.
Time and Stress
In our increasingly busy lives, it’s often difficult to find time to properly research and determine if a job is within our skillset. Locating the correct electrical components also takes its own amount of time. A friend or unlicensed contractor may promise to complete a job at a good price and on time, but often these jobs are left unfinished by the target date leaving your home or business in disarray or may simply fail to complete the job. Qualified electrical professionals can properly estimate any electrical job and complete it in a timely manner.
When considering doing any electrical job yourself, take time to carefully weigh all the factors. We think you’ll be glad you called us for jobs both big and small. We want to be your electrical partner for your home or business. Contact us today for a free quote.