Many people are wary of hiring an electrician due to their high hourly rates. They may even be tempted to find anyone in their neighborhood who professes to have some experience with electrical work to perform the job for them. It is easy to try to work around the electrician’s hourly rate and try to find cheap labor, yet this is never recommended. You should also understand that if you are hiring a licensed, bonded, and qualified electrician, that you will need to pay the electrician what they are worth.
Trying to perform your own electrical work in an attempt to avoid paying an electrician’s hourly wage is never a good idea. Electricians may charge up to and above $100 per hour, so it is understandable that people are concerned as to how much the project will cost. However, it is also important to understand that many codes and laws govern electrical work. If you have electrical work performed against those codes, you will be held accountable. You should think of the electrician’s hourly rate in terms that you are not paying for his labor, but you are paying for their expertise.
Knowing how to repair work yourself isn’t enough. Thinking that you know how to perform electrical work yourself isn’t enough. What is needed is training, a license, insurance and the knowledge of how to perform the job legally and to code. If you have someone who isn’t qualified perform electrical work and then there’s a fire, not only could you possibly void any insurance on your home, but you will have compromised the safety of you and your family. These risks are too great to leave to chance. When you pay an electrician, you are paying for the legal coverage as well. When you think about it that way, I am sure you will agree that an electrician’s hourly wage is well worth the cost.