Why An Electrician Is Great For Home Renovations
You may be wondering if you will need an electrician to do your home renovation. The answer is yes. A licensed electrician is required to install and upgrade light fittings, home automation, power outlets, heating and cooling, and other electrical equipment during a home remodel.
It is not worth taking the chance to save money by doing it yourself. Do-it-yourself electrical work is illegal. Sometimes, we see the unfortunate consequences of DIY electrical work like fires, broken appliances and severe injuries.
Why you shouldn’t do electrical work yourself.
Many people ask us what DIY electrical work they are allowed to do. Most commonly, you can change a lightbulb, plug-in appliances, or install extra-low-voltage garden lighting. That’s it.
For tasks such as installing new power points, repairing electrical appliances, changing the location of power point locations, building extension leads, and replacing light switches, DIY work is forbidden. Individuals can be fined up to $40,000 for DIY electrical work that is not licensed.
Individuals can face penalties of up to $600,000. If they are found guilty of a breach, this could result in serious injuries, illness, or even death.
A small error can lead to death, shocks and house fires. Your home insurance could also be at risk. Amateur electricians can still be exposed to dangers.
What type of home renovation requires an electrician?
It all depends on how large your home renovation is. You may not have to replace electrical components for minor home improvements. For larger renovations, however, you will need to hire a licensed electrician.
However, not all electricians are qualified to install electrical equipment. A silver contractor license allows only testing and repairs and does not allow the installation of electrical equipment.
To do any home renovation work, an electrician must hold a gold contractor license.
What Jobs Does an Electrician Do in a Home Renovation
An experienced and qualified electrician goes through rigorous training to ensure that your home renovations go smoothly. Depending on the size of the renovation, the cost of electrical work will vary.
Older homes might not be able to keep up with the modern demands of today. An electrical upgrade might be required. During your home renovation, an electrician may complete the following jobs:
Installation of New Wiring
An electrician can upgrade old copper wires or install new wires for lighting, automation technology and home theatre systems. They will keep up-to-date with local codes to ensure your wiring stays safe for many years.
Upgrades and Installations of Electrical Panels
You may need to upgrade or install electrical panels if you are planning to install new appliances such as dryers, spa baths, and dishwashers in your renovation.
Installations of New Appliances
The installation of modern appliances such as dryers, dishwashers, security systems, and home automation is a common part of home renovations.
An electrician is required for these types of jobs, which require wiring the appliance.
Lighting Upgrades and Installations
Upgrading the lighting in your bathroom or kitchen can make them stand out. A professional electrician will make sure that your new lights are correctly wired and can upgrade the circuits if necessary.
Remember that bathroom renovations in apartments often require approval from the strata. So make sure you check this before you start.
Heating & Cooling
An electrician can help you to wire and install split or ducted air conditioners in your home. This will ensure that your home is able to handle the extra electrical load.
To avoid dangerous situations and legal penalties, a professional electrician should handle everything from hot water systems to ceiling fan installation.
It is a good idea to consult your electrician before you start a renovation. This will allow for seamless coordination of all electrical tasks with other contractors.