Handyman vs. Electrician

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We know everyone wants to get their home improvement projects done in the most affordable way possible. Some of you may be considering hiring a handyman rather than a licensed electrician for some of these jobs. Here are a few things you should know before you make your decision.

A handyman is primarily used for general repairs and minor renovations. Legally, they are only able to do $500 worth of work per job per day. While some handymen do have knowledge of electrical work, they may not be licensed to do that work.

You also should think about safety when deciding between a handyman and an electrician. A handyman’s work is not regulated, meaning no training is required for them, and it is done without a permit, which means they hold no accountability. The homeowner holds all responsibility if the handyman does the work poorly or improperly.  Incorrectly done jobs such as improper wiring can cause shorts and lead to house fires. To protect your family and home, it is best to get a licensed electrician for these kinds of jobs.

Licensed electricians are best used when adding to existing wiring, like installing new outlets or switching from gas stove to an electric stove. They must complete four levels of apprenticeship training in order to gain the title of certified journeyman electrician. This training includes four 10-week and in-school academic sessions with written and skill assessments on top of 6000 hours of supervised work.  It usually takes about 4 years to finish. However, our training doesn’t stop there. We also have to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques, safest products and any changes in code.

The bottom line is, if your project requires any electrical work and you want it done properly and safely, go with a licensed electrician.