Doing your own electrical work can seem like a great idea at the time, fast forward a few months or even weeks. You’ve had a disaster, the things you thought you’d fixed have broken, you’ve wasted your time and also your efforts. Realistically how much would it have cost to just hire electrical contractors to do the job properly and how much time would you have saved.
The first thing to think about his personal safety, electrical jobs are slightly different to painting your house or basic DIY. Do you really have the skills and experience to be carrying out these jobs yourself? Not only that, but most electrical work has to be tested to prove to the relevant authorities and housing agencies that it is safe for living.
Another is doing you really want to spend time fiddling around with electronics, wires and putting yourself in a dangerous situation. DIY can be fun, if you’re upcycling a piece of furniture, painting a room or doing something creative, carrying out electrical repairs, not so much. Decide if this is really something you want to commit time to.
You get an electrical engineer in because they know things that you don’t know, more often than not, our knowledge of how things work in the electrical sense is very limited. You hire a professional because they have the expertise to carry out the job.
Although you may think it is going to be a hugely expensive task, often if you explain your budget to a professional they will do their best to meet it. It does go without saying, that if your budget is super cheap, are you really getting the best value for your money though? Paying someone as mentioned earlier means paying for their experience and that does not come dirt cheap. If you really want to get the most for your money and are thinking about hiring a repairman, consider bundling the jobs together, paying the electrician an hourly rate and getting them to do a few at once.
Also, make sure you get prepared before they arrive, any minor inconveniences that the electrician has to deal with means the longer that they are going to take, therefore costing you more money. Prepare a list of things that you want doing and be precise with your instructions so they know exactly what they are doing and can’t stray from the list, costing you more money. It is also advisable to put away any fragile items or anything of value so that they aren’t clumsy and break them.
You shouldn’t need someone to warn you of the risks that come along with tampering with electrical equipment when you are unqualified. Household electrics carry a dangerous level of amps that is enough to seriously injure you. This is not a task that should be dealt with lightly
and if you are going to do it yourself you really need to consider the risks. Hiring electrical contractors by far the safer option and something that is recommended over trying to implement the repairs yourself.