Any kind of home repair work always seems to come with a hefty price tag attached. Whether you need a plumber or an electrician, many homeowners cringe when it is time to bring in the professionals. Residential electricians make the majority of their income through small home repairs and rewiring bad fuses as well as remodeling work or additions and add ons to a home. If you own a home, there is no doubt that at some point along the way you will need to enlist the help of an electrician’s services, but that does not mean that you will also have to cash in your retirement in order to pay for them. Below are a few ways to keep your electrician costs low.
- First, one of the very best ways to keep your costs down is to be a diligent homeowner. If you can catch small problems before they become really big problems, then you will also be able to save money on the repair costs. A replacement fuse costs about 35 cents, but to rewire your entire home costs upwards of $10,000. Remember that when you start to see your lights occasionally flickering or you notice that your switch box starts to frequently trip itself. Catch these minor things first and you will save money in the long run.
- Understanding the reasons that electricians can be so expense will help you learn how to avoid costly visits. Look at the reasons that you need to have an electrician come to your home. Do you have big repairs that need to be done that will involve ripping out a wall or several walls? Are you creating a whole new section of your home through a remodel or an add on building? Is it easy to spot the source of a problem or will testing need to be done before they can find and fix the issue? All of these are pretty big issues that are going to be pricey to have fixed, but they are also all issues that an electrician MUST fix. In order for a renovation or repair to pass inspection and be deemed up to code, they must be presented with a building permit and a licensed electrician that completed the work.
- Ask for detailed estimates before any work begins in order to make sure that you are prepared for the final total that you will be paying. Many electrical contractors will provide you with a free estimate that will outline their hourly rates and combine in the cost of supplies, permits and any other additional costs. If you do not understand your estimate, do not be afraid to ask questions, or to tell them the lower rate that you were quoted for the same work. It never hurts to ask if they will meet a price of a competitor. That being said, also remember that electricians that have been in business longer and have achieved their master electrician status are always going to be more costly and you should expect to pay more for them.