Homeowners often think that when they go into “DIY” mode on their home, that it is actually going to save them money. This is can sometimes be the case, but not always, especially when it comes to electrical work. DIY just seems much simpler than calling and scheduling for a professional to come out and fix it and taking the time out of your day to be there with them while it is fixed, but in the long run it might turn out to be worth the hassle.
Here is why DIY electric isn’t for you:
- It can be dangerous if not done correctly.
If you start doing electrical work on your home and you wire it wrong or cut the wrong wire, it can cause a mess. By mess I mean it can cause a shortage or an electrocution to yourself or others in your home. It’s not worth the little extra money you saved and it’s nothing that can’t wait for a professional on Monday morning.
- It’s not effective if you don’t know what you are doing.
Unless you are a qualified electrician that is licensed, you should not be doing electrical work on your home. Unqualified work can cause injury to yourself, maybe potential damage to your home caused by shortage or electrical failure.
- It can cause electrical fires if something goes wrong.
Electrical fires are among the most devastating and can occur in the blink of an eye. They cause billions of dollars in damage every year and are among the most dangerous fires for fight fighters to tame.
- It could cause your building to not be to code.
There is a reason that electric codes for buildings are so strict. They don’t want you to be working on it on your own. If your home or building is not up to code, they can deem your insurance invalid. Saving the dollars right now can actually cost you more in the long run.
- You might overestimate your skill level.
Professionals suggest only doing electrical work yourself if it is changing a light switch. Take a realistic look at your skill level and anything beyond that can get extremely complicated and end up costing you a load of money if it goes wrong.
- It’s less of a liability.
If something were to go wrong then you are not held responsible for the work that a professional did. Not doing it yourself is actually saving yourself from a lot of trouble in the long run.
- It’s not cost effective.
- If you attempt to do DIY electric and it goes haywire, then you might end up spending more money to fix it then you would’ve spent in the first place by just hiring a professional.