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Hiring an Electrician

The Consequences of Working Without a Contract: A Personal Account

Considering working with a friendly contractor sans a contract? Think again. Contracts are extremely important in all working relationships, whether you are working with a friend or a new professional. They protect both parties from potential conflict, and ensure that the project is completed successfully and everyone is happy. Still need convincing? Our partner Thumb and Hammer fills us in on its experience… Several years ago, I discovered some structural damage to an exterior wall. I hired a contractor that was recommended to me by my real estate agent and I was satisfied with his work. It was not a …

Easy Electrical Cord and Plug Repairs

When it comes to electricity, safety is the primary concern. And, because the risks and dangers are so great, there is really no easy repair to cord and plugs. Some signs that your cords and plugs need to be repaired include products not working, no power, or frayed and split cords. This is when a professional, licensed, insured electrician is needed to determine the source of the problem. The typical do-it-yourselfer is quick to discover that many modern products are fit together so tightly, that it is often difficult to get objects apart in order to replace cords and plugs. …

When and Why to Hire a Home Professional: The Ultimate Guide to the DIY or Not to DIY Conundrum

There are many options available to people who are about to undergo a home improvement project. You can hire a general contractor, an architect, or a designer; you could get a handyman or just do it yourself. But which choice best suits each homeowner’s specific needs and interests? During our 7th Blog-Off, we asked our panel of over 50 home improvement experts to weigh in… The Expert Opinion: Things to Consider Before Deciding to Hire a Professional The biggest step towards deciding how you want your home improvement project to proceed is understanding the factors that are involved. Bill Riggs …

What size service do I install in my home?

The minimum service in homes is 100 amps. However, most of the new homes built today are have 200 amps. With all the new electronics and electrical devices, homes can easily use a 200-amp service. By putting in the 200-amp service, you have potential for future additions to the service panel. To put the electrical service in your home, you need a professional, licensed, insured electrician or electrical contractor since the service loop has to be replaced. Because, upgrading and rewiring your service can be costly, it is important to get an estimate before you begin the work. If you …

What is a bonded electrician?

A bonded electrician has paid for a performance bond which guarantees that your work will be started and completed in a timely manner with a satisfactory end result. If the electrician does not adhere to this guarantee, and you are dissatisfied, the bonding company will offer you compensation. Many bonding companies also offer a referral service which enables you to check references through the company. Need electrical work? Find a Local Electrician Search

Additions

Building an addition and needing a professional electrician go hand in hand. The services of a professional, licensed and insured electrical are needed for many reasons. Even though you might be very handy and think you can do the work yourself, it is always wise to call a professional electrician. Electricians are trained in wiring and have the knowledge to select the type of receptacles. Not every receptacle is the same, therefore they are installed differently. Light fixtures also have different installation needs. Building codes must be adhered to when building an addition. Professional electricians are able to handle every …

Save Money With Preventative Electrical Maintenance

One of the best ways to save money on your electrical needs is to have your home regularly inspected by a professional, licensed and insured electrician. Have your home checked at least once per year to lessen the risk of suffering an emergency electrical problem. Here are some tips to prevent serious electrical problems. Always check to be sure you are not overloading outlets. Do not use extension cords on a permanent basis. They can become a source of fire and can cause serious damage. Always use products that have the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) seal. Stop using any appliance, outlet …

Don’t Pay The Electrician Until The Job Is Complete

Pay when the job is complete. This is a fundamental rule that applies to all your contracting projects…not just electrical. But, before you pay in full, make sure that everything that was agreed upon in writing has been completed properly. Once you pay, you are essentially stating that you are pleased with the work performed. If you are pleased with the work performed and pay in full, be sure that the written estimate you received before the work began is signed by both you and the electrician. Need electrical work? Find a Local Electrician Search

Make Sure The Electrician Is Prepared

When you hire a professional, licensed and insured electrician you have assurance that the project will be completed without any problems. Here are some tips to follow: Verify that the electrician has all the necessary licenses, insurance and certifications. Get a detailed and complete estimate. Communicate a detailed overview of your needs so that the electrician knows the full scope of your project. Determine where the electrician will be working so you can provide clear access to the area. Need electrical work? Find a Local Electrician Search

Choose A Professional & Experienced Electrician

When it comes to electrical projects, it is important to hire a professional, licensed and insured electrician. Electricity is not only dangerous to work with, it can also pose serious safety hazards if a job isn’t performed correctly. Overloaded circuits can cause problems and faulty wiring is a fire hazard. At first, it may seem as if your do-it-yourself project was completed correctly, only to find several months (or weeks) later, that there are serious complications. If you want your project to be performed correctly and to code, you should hire the person best suited to do the job. It …