Do you have a porch light that won’t stop flickering?
Do you desperately need an outlet in your master bathroom? Would you really love a ceiling fan in your basement?
These all seem like simple residential repairs and installation project. You’ve watched a few YouTube videos and make a few visits to the local home improvement store. You feel empowered to DIY these repairs all by yourself instead of calling a residential electrician. After all, who doesn’t love saving money?
It’s true that DIYing electrical repairs can save you money, but only if you actually know what you’re doing. Far too many people call us in distress because they attempted a repair or installation by themselves, only to find that they were in far over their head.
When you DIY repairs instead of calling a residential electrician, it puts you, your family, and your home at risk for costly damages. Keep reading for some compelling reasons to make the extra investment and hire a quality residential electrician from Medford Wellington Services.
1. START A FIRE
Where there’s unchecked electricity, there’s likely to be fire. If you accidentally overload a circuit, create a faulty connection, or use the wrong type of wire for your repair or installation, it could result in an electrical fire. Residential electricians are trained in how to do these repairs correctly, and bring the right tools and materials to the job.
2. ELECTRICAL SHOCK
Even if you don’t start a fire, your lack of experience with electrical repairs could still leave you reeling from electrical shock. Are you 100 percent sure you turned the power supply off before you disconnected that light fixture? Do you know the difference between a well insulated wire and one that’s been compromised? Your residential electrician does.
3. CODE VIOLATIONS
Making home improvements and repairs is a great way to improve the long-term value of your home. However, conducting some of these projects without knowledge of the residential building code and the proper inspections could mean that you’ve got a hidden code violation on your hands. It might not matter while you’re living in the house, but it could cause big problems if and when you decide to sell.
4. FAILURE TO OBTAIN A PERMIT
Another thing that causes problems when people attempt to sell their home is the issue of permitting. You can make any repair or installation you want to, but many of the substantial ones require a permit at the City or County level. Without this permit, people might be reluctant to buy your house. Good thing professional residential electricians always obtain a permit first.
5. DAMAGE TO YOUR HOME
Ultimately, the best reason to hire a residential electrician is that you want your home to be in better shape than before you attempted the repair, not worse. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve been called to the scene of a failed DIY repair, only to inform the homeowner that they need several different projects to fix the damage that’s been done.
Don’t put yourself, your family, or your home at risk! Get a quote from Medford Wellington Services for all your residential electrical needs.