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Hire A Home Electrician Or Do it Yourself?

Managing Real Estate Broker with Properties Central Realty
While you may have the desire to modify or upgrade your home's electrical system to fit your needs, you need to be sure that you know what you are doing before you begin.  When it comes to the basics, electrical systems are quite simple, but beyond installing a ceiling fan it becomes very tricky and dangerous.  Read this article before you decide whether you want to tackle the project yourself or hire a professional.
The first thing you should ask yourself is if you have enough experience with electrical wiring?  If you intend to tackle a wiring project in your home, you should have at least some experience in dealing with such a project; keep in mind you are dealing with dangerous component, electricity! A wrong move or mistake could cost you your life!  Be sure that you know the local and state codes when it comes to electrical wiring.  Regulations have been put into place to protect you and anyone that may purchase your home in the future from harm.  Electrical wiring that is improperly installed is a major fire risk and can cost you a great deal of money later if it found to be illegally set up. As a homeowner, you can do your own electrical upgrades, but remember you are not exempt from the permitting process. Once the work is completed, your city or towns electrical inspector with perform the final inspection to insure the job is done right and meets all safety codes.
Another question to ask yourself is if you have the proper tools to do the job safely.  Remember, if you do not have the proper tools, you could be putting yourself and others at risk.  You can find guides online that can give you a list of the items you will need based on the type of project you are doing.  Do not start until you know that you have exactly the equipment you will need to do the job safely and accurately.

Of course, professional electricians can charge from $40 up to $70 an hour. Should you be considering this route, you need to look for experience with versed skills to accomplish a job that will be cost effective for you. One of these would be snaking wire through walls; this eliminates additional wall repair after the fact. Before you decide to do the project on your home, you should have a few electricians give you quotes on the work that you want done.  This way you can compare the costs.  When you do this, be sure to estimate the value of your time per hour and include that in the cost of doing-it-yourself.
Updating your home through electrical wiring changes is a big project that can add a lot of value to your home, if done right.  Before you decide to do it on your home, be sure you have considered whether or not you have the skills and time necessary to complete the project accurately or hire a professional.  Now you have the knowledge you need to make a smart decision about who should do the electrical wiring project in your home.
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

"professional electricians can charge from $40 up to $70 an hour"

     Suggest:  Negotiate the total price based on the job or task; get it in writing.

   BTW, I worked as a power lineman in the 1970's, and am a firm believer that,  "Electrical Wiring is not a Hobby, call a Professional!"

Mar 10, 2012 03:06 AM