OK, so you know how much I love DIY. And you know how much I love to encourage and empower people to try things out for themselves and expand their home improvement capabilities. I definitely go all “DIY cheerleader” on you around here from time to time. Sometimes though, you really need to know your comfort level and where your limitations are. Like with electrical work! Sure, changing out a basic light fixture is really simple and a great DIY if you follow safety procedures, but let’s not all go trying to re-wire our entire homes without a little help.
Not only will you probably end up making a mess of it, a big job like that can be downright dangerous! Plus, I just like you so much when you’re alive and breathing. 🙂
We’ve done some simple electrical work around here like changing out some light fixtures.
There are still some areas though that we haven’t tackled.
We’ve got quite a few electrical issues in our home that we think are probably a little risky (or just confusing!) for us to undertake and so we’re saving those ones for the professionals.
When we did our initial walk-through with our home inspector, we discovered a few electrical oddities that were really good to know about and that we wouldn’t have expected at all. We even had some areas where the electrical outlets were totally different even within the same room!
Some of the most common electrical hazards in most homes are things like:
-Loose outlet connections
-Improper and unsafe wiring
-Ungrounded electrical outlets
-Old, frayed, or deteriorated wiring
-Damaged extension cords
Hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor not only ensures that the work done on your home is done legally but also:
· You don’t risk having a home insurance claim refused based on using unauthorized service provider;
· You will receive an ESA certificate of inspection, often required by insurance companies;
· You will receive a written cost estimate of work; and
· You won’t be liable for medical costs if a worker is injured while working in your home.
To find a licensed contractor in your area, visit esasafe.com. So if you’ve got some electrical weirdness in your home, please, please, please play it safe and make a quick phone call to a professional. Painting’s more fun anyway. 🙂
This post has been sponsored by Electrical Safety Authority but all opinions and photos of electrical things (good and weird) from my home are my own.
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.