If you’re wondering whether you should hire an independent handyman or a licensed electrician to help with a project in your home, ask yourself one question: Does the project involve electrical wiring?
If it does, you’ll want to have a qualified electrician on the job. Although a handyman may have general electrical knowledge, they may not possess the correct licenses and permits to perform the work. And that means you could be liable if they get things wrong and damage your home.
Here’s more about when you should go with a licensed electrician and when it’s OK to leave the job up to a handyman.
When to Hire an Electrician
As we’ve said, any job dealing with electrical wiring should be left to a professional electrician. The fact is that electrical work can be dangerous. When electrical work is not done properly, it can damage your electrical equipment and even put your home at risk of fire. An experienced and qualified electrician who is recognized by the law as a licensed contractor will work in compliance with national and local codes to ensure efficiency and safety. Here are few examples of when the job should be left up to a licensed electrician:
- Ceiling fans
- Circuits and wiring
- Main electrical panel
- Sub panel
- Smoke detectors
- Surge protection
When to Hire a Handyman
When it comes to home improvement projects, a handyman can be a great help! From painting, to tiling floors, to installing crown molding and more, a handyman may be able to tackle all sorts of projects to spruce up your home. Just make sure the contractor you hire is licensed for the work he or she is doing and is of trust.
When it comes to handymen and electrical work, the jobs should be kept on the lighter end – especially if you’ve hired someone who is unlicensed. State law limits the extent of electrical work an unlicensed person can solicit… and it’s for good reason. If an unlicensed contractor does a poor job in your home, the chances of you getting your money back are slim. In the end, you may end up paying more to fix the mess than you would have by hiring a licensed contractor in the first place.
The Licensed Electrical Contractor You Can Trust
When you need electrical services performed in your home – no matter how big or small – count on Mister Sparky to get the job done right. We are a licensed, bonded and insured company and each of our highly trained technicians complies with national and local electric codes to ensure efficiency and safety. For electrical services you trust, give us a call or schedule service online today!