Knowing When You Need An Electrician For Your Project

17 February 2017
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Electricians are trained to deal with all of the wiring and electricity that comes into your home. They understand not only how it works, but why it works the way it does. When you are building a home, adding on a room, or remodeling and changing the placement of outlets, switches, or light fixtures, bringing in an electrician is a good idea. In some states, it is required that a licensed electrician complete any work on the wiring in your home. So before you start any work, find out if you need an electrician to complete your project.

Determining If You Need An Electrician

A visit to your local code enforcement office will help you decide whether you are going to need to hire an electrician for your project or not. Some of the building codes are set at the local level and even if it is not required to have an electrician complete the work you are doing in your state, the local government may impose different or tighter regulations in the town or city you live in. It is not acceptable for the town to bypass the state regulations but they can enforce more stringent rules if they see fit. Be sure to know what the requirements are before any work begins.

Doing The Work Yourself

In some states, you can run your own wiring, install all the switches and outlets, and even install the service entrance, but before the service is connected to the incoming power supply, the work has to be inspected and approved by a licensed electrician. Before you decide to go the route, check around for an electrician that will work with you. Not all of them will want to sign off on your work as they would rather do the job and get paid for it themselves; however, there are some that will work with you but expect a fee for their expertise.

Working With a General Contractor

If you are working with a contractor to complete your project, they will most likely hire an electrician if one is needed. The contractor may be a licensed electrician, have someone they work with regularly, or have one on their crew. This can be a good situation for you because you don't have to get involved in finding someone or knowing the regulations because the contractor now handles that. Along with the electrical work, your general contractor can coordinate the inspections, the plumbing, and all the details associated with your project, which will save you time, headaches, and in the long run, money. Remember to ask questions about anything that seems out of place or that you don't understand and don't be afraid to get involved with the process so that you are comfortable with everything that is happening.

To learn more, contact a company like ANTHONY ELECTRIC CO.