Things to Consider Before Calling an Electrician

Summer is the time when we often take a look at our home and realize it needs some help. This can be triggered by having the kids out of school and realizing you don’t have enough room to accommodate everyone in the house at the same time. It could also be that you want to spend more time outdoors in the warm weather but realize that your outdoor living space is not conducive to relaxing or entertaining.

Before you decide to do any home renovation projects, it’s important to recognize the scope of the project you are undertaking and what professionals will need to be involved in the process. If any of your projects involve lighting, you’ll probably want to employ a professional electrician as wiring and electricity is not a job for amateurs. Here are some issues to consider when deciding whether or not to start a project that will involve an electrician.


It’s estimated that 9% of an average kitchen remodel’s budget will be spent on electrical and plumbing. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but you also need to take into consideration that a typical kitchen remodel can run upwards of $20,000. When considering major projects, make sure you have the budget available to get the job done right and to work with the professionals who can ensure work is done safely and correctly.

Design Preferences

Do you know how your new remodeling project will fit in with the style and design of the rest of your home? Do you and your family members all agree on the type of design you prefer? Too many people dive into a project before doing all their research and developing a cohesive plan. This can lead to stalled projects, undesirable results, or budgets that quickly get out of control.

Existing Capacity

Before deciding that you want to make your 100-year-old historic house into a ‘smart home’ remotely controlled from your laptop, you should take into consideration the existing electrical capacity. Some homes simply are not wired to account for many modern technologies. If you really want to go high-tech, you need to work with an electrician who can help you install more outlets, rewire where necessary, upgrade panels, and install the proper grounding methods.


Planning a room addition or outdoor kitchen? Major remodels such as these need to be carefully considered and planned out. Work with a professional electrician who can help you decide the best location for these projects depending on your home’s current electrical configurations. Being proactive and working with a pro before you start your project could save you thousands of dollars and lots of frustration.

Before you plan your summer remodel, it’s vital that you take the entire scope of the project into consideration and identify to what extent you will need the help of professional electricians, plumbers, or contractors. A little proactive planning will save you time and money and ensure a finished project you can be proud of.