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Finding and Working with a Qualified Electrician

Faulty wiring is a gateway to fire. Circuits which could be otherwise safe but shoddily designed can harm appliance motors and electronic gear since they send the wrong amperage. Lights on even somewhat overloaded circuits can flicker when an appliance is in use, the breaker could trip or the fuse can blow, shutting the circuit down completely. An experienced electrician can help keep these problems at bay.

When hiring a professional, the first thing you have to consider is that electricians tend to specialize. Some focus on new construction, others do commercial projects exclusively, and yet others only work on service calls to repair faulty fixtures or dead outlets. Look for a match.

Almost all general contractors have a short list of reliable electricians, and your contractor will likely be glad to recommend somebody. You can as well check with the homebuilders’ association in your area, or ask an electrical supply store clerk to give you leads.

Keep in mind that hiring an unlicensed and insufficiently insured electrician – no less than $500,000 in liability and worker’s compensation coverage is safe – is far too risky. If things look up to snuff, talk to references and inspect past jobs. While it demands a trained eye to recognize errors, you can mostly judge an electrician’s work’s quality just by observing its neatness. If it’s not neat, it’s automatically unsafe and bad quality.
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For sizable remodeling jobs, electricians work from plans made by the architect or designer, and electrical plans are generally done way before you’ve had an opportunity to pick the light fixtures. Therefore, your electrician has to know.
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To avoid confusion, know when the electrician will work with the fixtures. Then check out different stores, but don’t buy yet. Just create a list of choices, including model numbers of products, manufacturer names, and the store or stores where you found the fixtures; then give the list to the electrician and let him buy the fixtures. Like other contractors, electricians add a markup of 10 to 20 percent, but given that they typically get professional discounts, the final cost will probably be the same as though you had purchased the items yourself.

The key advantage, of course, is that the electrician takes up the responsibility for warranty concerns, breakage, faulty products, and missing parts. To boot, the electrician can knowledgeably assess the overall quality of your choices and exclude low-quality or hazardous items.

As for planning fixture cost, you’ll be dealing with a lighting allowance as you shop. This is the highest amount that you set as you planned for all your lighting requirements. As in any similar project, you will pay for any excesses. If you stay beneath the allowance, that money will be given back to you. Be sure to look into specialty light bulb costs, which are getting more and more expensive. That way, you’ll avert undesirable surprises when you receive the final bill.