Many homeowners fancy themselves expert do-it-yourselfers. While it’s rather easy to wield a paintbrush or hammer, it may not be as simple navigating your home’s electrical systems. Should you attempt to do electrical work yourself? Is it safe? When should you call in a professional?
There are several good arguments for doing your home’s electrical work yourself, so grab a cup of coffee and read on to find out if this home improvement task is something you can do.
Good Electricians are Expensive and Hard to Find
Window and siding installers are a dime a dozen, but when it comes to finding a good electrician or plumber, you could be waiting a while. These professions require extra schooling that not everyone is willing to take, which makes them scarce and expensive.
If you have an understanding of electricity, and a DIY attitude, you can do a lot of the electrical work in your home yourself. It’s important to note here that even if you know what you’re doing, it’s still possible to get shocked, so always use safe practices when dealing with electricity.
Electrical Work is Clean and Logical
Compared to other types of home improvements, electrical work is very clean. You don’t have to worry about getting dirty making most electrical repairs. That is unless you have to bust through drywall to get to wires or crawl around in a dusty attic or dingy basement to fix an electrical issue.
If you’re a by-the-book type of person, you’ll likely enjoy doing electrical work as it makes perfect sense. Everything is logical and there is no guesswork involved. If you can follow the rules and understand diagrams, it’s likely you can save yourself a lot of money doing your own electrical work.
Electrical Work is Safe and Easy
With the right precautions, electrical work is safe. It’s important to make sure the circuit you’re working on is shut off. With the circuit broken, electricity can’t flow to the outlet, light, or other electrical components you’re working on.
And because electrical work is logical, it’s easy to do a lot of the tasks yourself. Having said that, there is a fair amount of knowledge required when working in the service panel. If you are uncomfortable with this part of electrical work, there’s no shame in hiring an electrician to do this part for you.
Do-It-Yourself or Hire an Electrician?
If you are the type of person that enjoys doing home improvement projects yourself, there is no reason not to do your own electrical work, too, especially if you want to save money. Electricians can be expensive and hard to come by, and the Internet is full of great tutorials to help you tackle your electrical projects.
Of course, there may be times when the job at hand is too much or too complicated for the average homeowner, in which case, hiring a professional is the right call.