20 Feb

Hire An Electrician or Do It Yourself?

There are certain electrical repair jobs you can do yourself.  Then there are some that really call for a professional. Hiring an electrician can end up saving you money in the long run if a do-it-yourself project gets you in over your head. Let’s sort out the DIY projects from the more complicated, “This calls for an electrician!” jobs.

 DIY or Hire An Electrician?

DIY or Hire An Electrician?

The internet is a great resource for some of the easier projects on this chart, such as changing a fuse. Others, like whole-house rewiring, are complicated and risky enough that we strongly recommend that you hire an electrician for the job.

The biggest factors to consider when deciding if a job is within your reach are risk of shock and/or fire, your familiarity with electrical code standards, the safety equipment you have available at your disposal, and your level of comfort. If it’s out of your level of comfort – hire a professional. It may have an initial outlay in cost, but the payoff is a job done correctly and safely.

While hiring a contractor can seem daunting, we truly want to equip you with the knowledge you need to make the right choices, whether you decide to try it on your own, hire us, or someone else. Take a look at our advice on hiring a contractor:

Tips For Hiring A Contractor


Give us a call if you have any questions or would like to set up a time for an electrician to come and give you an estimate.



About Karen Mares

A Portlander born and raised, Karen lives in Southwest Portland with her husband and children. Karen has kept journals throughout her life, and she began her personal blog, Random Thoughts From A Suburban Mom in 2007. She hasn't stopped writing since, channeling her passion for words and information into writing and communicating through social media and blogging.