6 Ways to Save on
No matter how well built your home is, it will
inevitably need to have some electrical repairs done from time to time that will
require the services of a good professional electrician. Because hiring such a
professional can sometimes be costly, here are a few tips to help you get more
for your money.
1. Don't be Mislead by an Electrician's Hourly Rates
Many people pay too much attention to the hourly rate electricians charge. This
amount can vary from NIS 100 to NIS 250. However, a truly skilled electrician
that charges NIS 200 an hour can be a much wiser choice than an inexperienced
"novice" working with inadequate tools but charging only NIS 100 per hour. The
hourly rate only has meaning when it is considered along with the electrician's
work quality and experience.
2. Compare the Electrician's Travel Charges
Travel charges can have a big indirect impact on your costs. Many electricians
spend a third or more of their time navigating traffic, therefore they have to
find a way to pay for their expense of driving all over town each day. Some
charge a higher rate for the first hour, some charge a flat "service charge",
some charge a minimum for each visit, and some simply compensate for travel time
by charging a higher hourly rate. When you first call the professional, ask how
and what they charge and see if it makes sense for the job you have at hand.
3. Do a Few Repairs at a Time
Instead of hiring an electrician every time you have a small repair, save time
and money by making a list and adding the repairs to the list as they come up.
When you feel it's time to call in an electrician, review the list and make a
quick "inspection" around your home for faulty switches or outlets, or any other
repairs or improvements you feel may need. When the electrician comes, you'll
save money and time by getting everything taken care of at once.
4. Prepare Before the Electrician Arrives
The less time the electrician spends dealing with inconveniences, the more money
you will save. Before the electrician arrives, have your list ready of items you
want repaired. Also, make sure the electrical panel is accessible, and clear
away fragile items and knickknacks from areas where you expect the electrician
5. Chart Out your Electrical Panel
To save time troubleshooting an electrical problem or shutting off a line for a
repair, it is always a good idea to know exactly what every breaker in your
electrical panel controls. This is done by marking your main breaker and GFI,
then numbering each breaker in the panel. Then by going room by room and turning
the breakers off and on, one can make a list of each and every electrical light
and outlet on your system.
6. Preventive Maintenance Can Save
A little preventive maintenance can possibly save you from both costly and life
threatening damage. It is good practice to have a qualified electrician examine
and tighten the connections in your electrical panel(s) at least once a year.
Connections heat up and cool down constantly with heavy use. With time, this
causes the connections to work loose and burn up.