Why You Should Hire a Licensed Electrician for Your Home Renovation

Why You Should Hire a Licensed Electrician for Your Home Renovation
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    If you're trying to renovate your home, it's difficult to imagine a scenario where some level of electrical work isn't necessary.

    Maybe if your renovations just include a paint job, or some sort of one-off maintenance undertaking of that kind, you won't have to do anything with the electrical components of the premises.

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Most renovation is a bit more in-depth, though.

When you get to the point where you’re contending with varying wiring arrangements, you’ll either need to do the work yourself, work with an unlicensed electrician, or work with someone who has obtained their license. There are a lot of good reasons to go the latter route.

Everybody Has Blindspots in Their Baseline Knowledge

For one thing, even if you’re skilled in construction work, without electrical specialization, you’re apt to make mistakes without even realizing it. This can be dangerous.

Similarly, unlicensed electricians “don’t know what they don’t know”, as the saying goes; unless they just lost their license, like, yesterday. Otherwise, they’re not as up-to-date as licensed workers.

Licensed electricians understand old and new ways of wiring properties. They’ve got to understand things like “knob and tube” wiring to achieve legal accreditation.

Because new technology constantly shifts not only what we do, but how we do it, they’ll remain cutting edge; whereas you and your unlicensed friend likely won’t.

Different States Have Different Licensing Standards

Particular licensing details may well differ per region. That said, there are some commonalities. In almost all states, obtaining licensed status requires either four years or several thousand hours of experience. Generally, this experience has to be proven by showing local authorities relevant evidence of either hour worked or learned.

Now, certainly, there are always situations where individuals may either slip through the cracks, or otherwise obtain a license in a way that doesn’t guarantee electrical savvy. Barring the plot of a sitcom or farce, you likely won’t encounter that issue working with licensed professionals in this area.

Licensed Electricians Generally Have to Stay Contemporary

For an electrician to keep working, it’s fundamental that they remain up-to-date on the latest industry trends; electrical license renewal requirements can change over time, sometimes owing to industry changes.

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This means part of their job is an in-built prerogative to maintain their understanding of the status quo in terms of electricity, and expand beyond it.

For example, consider the difference between Alternating Current (A/C) and Direct Current (D/C). Now consider how varying voltages and systems which are designed for either A/C or D/C use may interact with wind turbines, solar panels, or generators which use the motion of water to produce electricity.

From there, consider what battery arrays look like, and how they must be managed. Then there are battery-powered electric cars to consider. Even nearly wireless electricity transmission options exist in the mainstream now, like those involved in chargers that don’t require you to plug your smartphone in; just set it on top of a little charging platform.

Going With Licensed Professionals is Key During Refurbishment

Licensed electricians are aware of what’s changing, what’s changed, and what needs to change. Unlicensed electricians might be savvy of these things, but probably won’t be.

Unless you’ve prioritized a deep understanding of wiring and electricity generally, you’ll likely never advance past a certain common threshold of understanding.

For home improvement, it’s important to make changes that will stand the test of time, and which are in agreement with local legal requirements. Going the licensed route will produce that outcome with the least amount of involved hassle.

If you don’t go the licensed route, there is unnecessary risk involved. For a quality refurbishment of the property, it’s a good idea to find electricians who have a current license.

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