When it comes to installing or fixing the electrics in your home, it can be difficult to decide whether you can manage it yourself, or whether you need a professional electrician. Here are the pros and cons of carrying out the work yourself.
- The most obvious pro of doing your own home electrics is the cost. A professional job can be pricey, and if you’re doing up a home, or simply on a tight household budget, then that money may be better spent elsewhere.
- There’s no inconvenience of obtaining quotes for the best prices, or ending up with a large surprise bill because your electrician didn’t cost up properly.
- You won’t need to spend hours asking around to find a trustworthy electrician. Potentially being ripped off is a worry most people have when employing a tradesman, so doing the work yourself can remove the stress.
- You won’t have a stranger in your home. It can be unsettling and uncomfortable when contractors are in your personal space.
- You won’t need to book holiday, or be available for an electrician working to his own timetable.
- Completing the work yourself will give you a real sense of accomplishment.
- Do you really know what you’re doing? Electricity can be dangerous, even life threatening, if you are not aware of the risks and safety precautions. It’s not just the risk of electric shock whilst completing the work that poses the problem, but the potential of an electrical fire later on because you didn’t do something correctly.
- It may take some time to finish the job. If you work during the week, then you’ll find yourself taking holiday, or spending your weekend working on the electrics. You could be doing something much more interesting than DIY on a Saturday afternoon.
- Some domestic electrical work needs a Part P certificate to pass building regulations, and if you’re not a qualified electrician, you won’t be able to supply this. Obtaining a Part P is important because you’d need to produce one if you sold your home.
- If you do it wrong, you could end up paying a lot more to fix the problem than the original job would have cost.
If you are competent with electrics, then carrying out your own home electrical work can result in significant savings, however, you must bear safety in mind. It can be tempting to try to save the money, but if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing then the consequences can be severe.