When you need to schedule electrician visits, there are some things you should think about before you have them in. When it comes to big repair and remodeling projects, you probably turn to a professional electrician to do the job right. During electrician visits, many electricians charge a trip fee for each visit and an hourly service fee—even if the job takes much less than an hour.
How Can I Get The Most Out Of My Electrician Visits?
Next time you schedule electrician visits, consider using the time—and your dollars—to the fullest. Ask your pro to take on additional smaller tasks that will improve home safety, comfort and convenience. Consider the following ideas:
Review electrical service Have your service evaluated, especially in older homes with outdated 60-amp service, but also in newer ones where standard 100-amp panels may be overtaxed by modern household electronics.
Upgrade old outlets
Change existing outlets to ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets, which improve safety by automatically shutting off in an emergency.
Install new phone jacks
For added convenience with phone and computer technology needs, have a new phone jack installed.
Add a dimmer switch
Replace a toggle switch with a dimmer switch, which allows you to easily adjust light levels for different needs.
Install under-cabinet lighting
Install under-cabinet lighting to brighten your kitchen, home office or family room.
Add a programmable thermostat
A new programable thermostat can cut energy bills by 15 percent or more.
Install an exterior outlet
An exterior outlet eliminates the unsafe practice of running an extension cord from an indoor outlet.
You also might have your electrician check for faulty wires and make sure your electrical meter is in good working order. It is also not a bad idea to have your main panel box checked out to ensure that it is in good working order and that it is safely situated. You may also want to consider having your GFCI outlets and wall switches looked at to make sure they are wired correctly.