Does your home need electrical work done to it? Are you worried about how much your project will cost you once it's complete? Here are some tips on how to keep your electrical work within your budget:
Check on needed permits: Before your electrician does any work, call your local municipality to find out what kind of permits are required in your area. For some, there are no permits necessary if the work is strictly interior. In other areas, you may need a permit if you're installing a new fixture, such as a ceiling fan. Finding out the requirements ahead of time will save you from violating regulations and incurring fines. It could also help you if you decide to sell your home, because the prospective buyers will feel safer if they know that all the work was done according to all necessary building codes.
Consider doing part of the work yourself: If you're hiring an electrician to wire a closet to be used as a laundry room, ask him or her if there's anything you can do to save money. For example, installing outlet covers is a quick and easy job that nearly everyone is able to do. However, even this type of quick job will add several minutes to your electrician's work. If they bill by the quarter hour or half hour, this two minute job could push the time over to the next time segment and cause a significant increase to the hourly total.
Do your own cleanup: Ask the electrician if you can be the one that sweeps the floor, vacuums and otherwise removes the daily debris. You can arrange with the electrician to do it after he or she leaves so that you don't get in their way. Make sure you understand the standards the electrician requires for a clean area. In order to prevent a buildup of static-charged dust, he or she may want the floor mopped every day. When cleaning up anything potentially hazardous, such as fiberglass insulation, be sure to wear the proper safety gear. This may include goggles, a mask and gloves.