It has become very popular to take on all sorts of DIY projects. From creating organized closets to remodeling and flipping old, rundown homes, people are tackling projects of every size and scope. Countless TV reality shows make it look so easy. Just get out your sledgehammer, start busting up the walls and countertops, and before you know it, you will have the kitchen of your dreams! If you are a bit unsure of your skills, no worries. Just pull up a Youtube video or two and in minutes, you will be armed with all the knowledge you will need to tackle that renovation or remodel you have been longing to complete. Plus, you will have saved a good deal of money by doing it yourself!
Sounds great, right? Well, yes, unless your project involves redoing electrical work. If you do not know what you are doing, you could end up costing yourself thousands of dollars in the long run, or even find yourself in a very dangerous situation.
Costs of Faulty Wiring
The National Fire Protection Association reports that local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 44,880 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction each year in 2012-2016. Home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction caused an estimated average of 440 civilian deaths and 1,250 civilian injuries each year in 2012-2016, as well as an estimated $1.3 billion in direct property damage a year. You do not want your home and your family to become part of these statistics. The only choice when renovating or remodeling a home is to use a trusted, licensed, professional Idaho Falls electrician.
Defining Scope of Work
A professional electrician will help you clarify the scope of the work you need to be done. You might think you just need some new outlets and fixtures. However, a thorough inspection of your current electrical wires, switches, and fuses might uncover problems that you didn’t know existed. Adding an increased load to your current system might be an accident waiting to happen. Protecting your home and your family by choosing a professional electrician will give you peace of mind now and in the years to come. Typically, if your home is 50 years old or older, you will most likely need all-new electrical rewiring to ensure that your system can keep up with today’s new appliances.
Quality of Work Is Guaranteed
Licensed electricians should also be bonded and insured. If your project is fairly sizable, then you should check to make sure that you are working with someone who is financially able to take on the costs and risks of your project. Construction projects are known for costing more than expected and taking longer than expected. Using a professional electrician will save you time, money, and headaches in the long run. If you think about it, if any devastating mistake happens, hiring an electrician will actually save you money long term. Another way you may be saving money is through your electrical bill.
If you are more efficient with new wires, you will not need to use quite as much electricity as you had previously.