“Ever thought, I can do that! I don’t need to pay for a professional. Here are several reasons to not cut corners on a project.”
A licensed electrical contractor is a good idea when interested in updating an existing area or starting a new project. There are many people out there – a relative, a friend, or a neighbor – that might want to wire your house or put up a fixture to gain some extra income. The thing is, any construction project has hidden complications that only licensed technicians have experience with. Why is this?
The state requires contractors and sub-contractors to receive continuing education credits to stay aware of code changes as well as have multiple years of experience to gain some licensures. If a worker shows up to do work at your location, ask for a card or representation of a license number. When they produce a license number, go to the tdlr website and look them up. If they say they work for a contractor, be sure to get a name. Get references before you hire someone. Many times, a Facebook page or web page will be available and if they have reviews on Google or elsewhere, read them! There have been cases where someone misrepresented their work or used a past employer’s license number. It is in your best interest to be your inspector and advocate.
As a consumer, it is good to be aware of these situations and go above and beyond to be educated before a job goes bad. Educating yourself is a useful tool in order to safeguard against imposters. Have fun with your project, but be wise and safeguard yourself and your interests