This past July, my husband and I celebrated 10 years in our home. Woo hoo! It feels like an accomplishment, and it should! Over the past decade, we’ve survived many, many renovations (small and large), and through it all, my husband and I managed not to serve each other with divorce papers.
No, seriously. We are NOT handy people.
We discovered early on that there are DIY folks and Do It For Me (DIFM) people – and we are firmly in the latter camp. In fact, we rely on professionals to tackle most of the handiwork around our home, because we recognize that it’s a good idea to, you know, stay married.
Of course, when hiring others to complete renovations, there’s always one temptation that must be overcome: the desire to cut costs – also known as “cheaping out”.
You know how it goes… you’ll receive a quote from a qualified professional that will be a little (or a lot) over budget. It unsettles you. So you’ll ask around for recommendations, and someone always knows a cousin of a friend who can totally complete your reno at half the cost.
Do you do it? Maybe, because a contractor is a contractor, right?
Not so fast. Whether you’re imagining the home of your dreams or are in middle of a major renovation, having the right plan and the right team of experts increases your chances of completing your project safely, on time and on budget. That’s why the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has teamed up with design expert Kimberley Seldon to create Power Your Reno.
Power Your Reno was created to showcase how important it is to consider the electrical implications early in the design process, and hire only a Licensed Electrical Contractor to do the electrical work. Electrical work can be complicated and, in most cases, it is an important part of any renovation plan.
I’ll be honest; we cut a few corners when we finished our basement. In fact, the general contractor that we hired offered to complete the electrical wiring himself. But we insisted on a Licensed Electrical Contractor and I’m so glad we did. He handled all the details when it came to wiring, permits and inspections. Plus, a Licensed Electrical Contractor is the only legal option when it comes to hiring for electrical work in Ontario.
Did you know that if you hire an unlicensed electrician and something goes wrong, you’re responsible? And, if an insurance claim can be traced back to work that was performed by an unlicensed electrician, the claim may be denied?
I’m not willing to gamble to save a few dollars, and neither should you. If you are hiring someone to do electrical work in Ontario, by law they must be a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Visit Power Your Reno to discover how to combine the best in design and electrical safety to realize any dream renovation. You’ll find a wealth of tips and helpful resources, including 4 Questions to Ask when hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor:
1. What is your ECRA/ESA licence number? (Hint: It should be on their business card, estimate and their vehicle.)
2. Will you provide me with a written cost estimate of the work that needs to be done, including electrical permit fees?
3. Will you provide me with references from projects you’ve done that are similar to mine?
4. Will you make sure to get a certificate of inspection when the electrical work is complete and give it to me for my records?
To find or verify a Licensed Electrical Contractor, visit findacontractor.esasafe.com. And to learn more about ESA and the importance of hiring a Licensed Electrical Contractor, visit poweryourreno.ca.
This post is sponsored by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.