Why Hire a Licensed Electrician

October 11, 2017


These days we all are looking for ways to save money in the most clever and creative ways possible. We become DIYers, we call Dad, we call our buddy with a garage full of tools and ask for help after we’ve gotten sticker shock by an estimate on work we need to be done. We say “For that price, I’ll learn how to do it!”

There are many home projects that you can definitely take on, no doubt about it. But when it comes to doing work on your homes electrical system is really another story. Some mistakes can cost you more to fix than if you would have paid for a professional electrician in the first place. And “yes” it does happen…we’ve had 2 calls just this week due to some wonderfully motivated DIYers, who are now wishing they had not done it themselves. So consider your safety and your pocketbook and pick up the phone before you pick up your tools. Here are some other reasons why you should hire a licensed electrician.


Why hire a licensed electrician- Safety

Safety is a real concern. Between 2010 and 2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an average of 45,210 home structure fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. These fires caused annual averages of 420 civilian deaths, 1,370 civilian injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage.

All licensed electricians must meet their state requirements of taking continuing education classes in order to stay up to date on current code changes and safety reminders. The safety of your home means the safety of your loved ones including the four-legged ones.

Prior to hiring any company, be sure to verify that the company holds a current electrical license. It will literally take 1 or 2 minutes of your time and may alleviate a lot of headache in the future. Simply visit www.ncbeec.org and choose “find a licensed contractor”. Then just type in the company name to view their credentials. Take note of the licensing level as well. Many companies only hold a “limited” or perhaps “intermediate” license level, but “unlimited” is the highest level that can be earned in our trade, as it requires substantially more knowledge and experience. If you’re looking for the best then “unlimited” is the gold standard.


The insurance carried by an electrician covers your home during the electrical work being performed. Your homeowner’s insurance requires you to use a licensed electrician who can apply for permits and pass a final inspection when required. This is all designed to protect you and your family from improperly done electrical work.


Knowing your home is safe, and all your electrical system is up to code and that you are covered while the work is being performed gives real peace of mind. At Right Electrical Services, we warranty our work. So if problems arise a month or two later, you can rest assured we will stand behind our work and resolve the problem. When selling your home, you will have no issues with an inspector or insurance company because the work was done by a quality licensed electrician.


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10 Replies to “Why Hire a Licensed Electrician”

  1. It sure is nice to know that a licensed electrician’s insurance covers your home during the electrical work they are hired to do. My dad recently told me that he’s been hearing a low buzzing sound in his basement, and he thinks it has something to do with the wiring. I’ll be sure to advise him to get in touch with a reputable residential electrician that will get the job done and will cover him and his house should any mishaps happen during the project. http://www.absoluteelectricrochester.com/services

    1. Absolutely! While I’m sure your dad is a very capable man, you can truly never be too careful when it comes to electrical repairs. Getting in touch with a licensed, reputable residential technician is truly the best way to go. Thanks for your comment!

  2. There are a ton of reasons why it is important to make sure that you are hiring a licensed electrician to look over your home. As the article points out, safety is definitely one of those reasons. A good electrician will be able to easily determine when there is a problem with your electrical set up and determine the safest solution to fixing it. http://iec-cincy.com/

    1. That’s right, Duncan! When it comes to electrical repairs, you can never be too careful! Electrical repair is typically not the place to try your hand at DIY projects! Hiring a knowledgable, licensed electrician is definitely the way to go! Thanks for your comment!

  3. Thanks for helping me understand that the insurance that the electrician holds will cover any issue or damage that might occur during the process. I will definitely ask about their insurance first before hiring them to have peace of mind. We just need their services because the electrical wiring in our basement has been damaged by a rodent this evening. http://www.actionelectricservice.net/services

    1. Our pleasure, Millie! It’s very important to ask about insurance that the electrician holds to cover issues and damages. You can never be too careful when it comes to electrical repair! Thank you for your comment!

  4. I love what you said about knowing that your electrical system is up to code to give you peace of mind. I think that hiring an electrician service is the best way to ensure the functionality of any commercial building. My friend is thinking about starting a business, so it’ll be important to hire a professional electrician to make sure everything in his building is running smoothly. http://www.stellmachelectric.com/services.html

    1. Absolutely! Business owners already deal with a significant amount of stress on a day to day basis and we’d hate to imagine the added headache of not making the decision to hire a licensed electrician to ensure the functionality of their commercial properties. Thanks for your comment!

  5. I agree that safety is a big reason why you should hire a professional electrician. It’s scary that so many homes have had a fire because of an electrical failure, like you said. Having someone professional who understands how to do repairs or installations correctly will help you prevent that from happening to you.

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