Handyman vs. Electrician: Which Should You Hire?

When working on a project that you’re not familiar with in your home, you’ll most likely contact a contractor who has experience in that field. When it comes to working with wires and circuits, however, it can be hard to know whether you should hire a general handyman or a certified electrician to help with your needs. In this post, Bailey & Shipp Electric, a top generator installation services provider, helps you decide between the two. 

When to Hire a General Handyman

A handyman should have a general grasp of any project that can be done in your home. They’re often labeled as a jack-of-all-trades that can do work painting, tiling floors, cleaning off your roof and various other projects around the house to spruce up your home. If you choose to hire a general handyman, make sure that they’re licensed for the kind of job they’re tackling so you can be confident in their workmanship. 

However, when it comes to electrical work, we don’t recommend entrusting even light or minor electrical jobs to handymen, especially if they’re unlicensed.  In fact, some states limit the kind of electrical work an unlicensed contractor can do for safety reasons. After all, a slight mishap with the wiring can be a recipe for disaster that could’ve been avoided if you worked with a licensed residential electrician from the start. 

When to Hire a Licensed Electrician

If you’re having a roof put on, you hire a roofing specialist. The same can be said when you need something done with your home’s wiring. Any job dealing with wiring should be performed by a certified electrician due to the danger inherent to the job and the knowledge required to do it correctly. When an electrical job is done poorly, it can affect your home’s wiring, and could even be the cause of fires that endanger your home and family. Working with a licensed electrician provides security since they’re recognized by law as contractors that will work in compliance with local and national codes to ensure your home’s safety and your electrical system’s efficiency.

For all your residential and commercial electrical needs, turn to Bailey & Shipp, the trusted residential electric repair experts. We offer exterior lighting, hot tub wiring services and more. Call us at (410) 457-3507 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve homeowners in Columbia, MD.

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