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How to Save on Electrical Repairs

May 20, 2015

No matter the age or quality of your home, professional electrical repairs are often inevitable. While electrical repairs can be expensive and time-consuming, there are many ways to help you get the most out of your time and money. Check out these simple tips and tricks and learn how to save on electrical repairs in big ways.

Know when to call in the professionals—and when to wait

When it comes to electrical repairs, doing projects on your own can be dangerous and cause damage to your home—just because something works does not mean that it was done correctly. If you are unsure of how to complete a home improvement project, don’t be afraid to call a professional for help as long as you know when an electrical problem is an emergency and when it can wait for regular business hours.

“Often when a call comes in, we have to talk them down off the ledge, so to speak,” explained Tim Koehler of Koehler Electric. “We have them take a deep breath and talk through it with us—is this a need or want?”

If an electrical repair can be put off until rates are lower, you can save a bunch of money in overtime fees.

Save a bundle when you bundle your repairs

Instead of hiring an electrician each time you have a repair, save money and time on electrical repairs by bundling projects together. When you feel it’s time to get some repairs, conduct a mini-inspection of all the electrical repairs you may need—look for faulty switches, loose or crowded outlets and other, larger repairs. Also, a thorough inspection can help you catch problems before they happen.

“You can prevent outages, too, by making sure you’re not overloading your circuits,” advised Koehler. “We get a few calls each day simply because people add too much to their outlets.”

After you have taken an inventory of your repairs, schedule an appointment with a certified contractor (like the contractors listed on LightingtheQCA.com) and get all your electrical repairs taken care of at one time. While it may feel overwhelming to get all your repairs done at once, your wallet will thank you in the end! 

Preparation pays off

Save money when you save time—prepare your home and repair areas before the electrician arrives.

“Good housekeeping is always a good idea if you’re going to pay someone to spend time there fixing it,” said Koehler.

Make sure the electrical panel box is accessible, and create a precise list of the various repairs you will need. Clear away fragile items from areas where you know the electrician will be working, and remove other large items that may get in the electrician’s way.

“And make sure you have all the components to new electrical additions,” added Koehler. “You don’t want to electrician to have to go out and track down materials.”

The less time the electrician spends dealing with small problems and inconveniences, the more time and money you will save in the long run. 

Do your research

Hiring an electrician to come to your home can be expensive—especially if they have high travel and hourly fees. To save money, research the top certified electricians in your area and compare the travel charges and hourly rates for each. Some contractors charge a higher rate for the first hour, and some charge a flat fee regardless of the distance, so it is important to understand exactly what you will be paying for. Don’t get caught by surprise when it’s time to pay the bill—do your research before you hire any professional help! Check out our blog for more tips on how to feel good about hiring an electrician.

 

If you’re not sure how to fix an electrical issue in your home, avoid causing irreversible and expensive damage by calling a certified contractor—just follow these tips to get the most out of your money when you do! When in doubt, visit LightingtheQCA.com for help! 

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