How to Save Money When Hiring Electrical Contractors
by Ryan DalPezzo, Owner
If you’re looking to renovate or upgrade your Northern VA home, there’s a good chance you’ll be calling in licensed electrical contractors. New fixtures and other upgrades can easily create demand for upgrades to your electrical system as well, and that is not something you want to try to do yourself. To be fully up to code, you need quality electrical contractors.
Although you’ll pay for the visit, it doesn’t mean you need to pay more than is necessary! With the right planning, you can keep the hours low, while enjoying upgrades which will pay off in reduced power consumption for years to come.
Four Ways to Save Money with Northern VA Electrical Contractors
1. Hire local
There’s simply no reason to go outside of town when hiring electricians, as you will end up paying them extra for their commute. There are plenty of quality electricians locally. The closer they are to you, the less you pay for their drive time. Make sure you take a look at reviews and testimonials to ensure you receive quality services.
2. Do multiple jobs at once
Save electrical work until near the end of your renovation project. That way, you’ll know everything that needs to be upgraded, and all the work can be done in one visit. Depending on the project, this could save you a lot of money, compared to having multiple visits.
3. Take advantage of opportunities for upgrades
While you have the contractors engaged, it may be the best time to think about considering further upgrades. For example, upgrading your lighting to LED bulbs will save you plenty on both bulbs and power usage going forward. Motion-activated lights or lawn illumination are also good choices – particularly if you’re thinking about resale value in the future.
4. Prepare your home ahead of time
If you put in just a little effort to make things easier for your electrical contractors, it’ll reduce the amount of billable time they spend on the job. For example:
Make sure they have a clear place to park, with easy access to and from the service vehicle.
Remove any breakable objects, hanging paintings, and other objects that can be damaged by work on the walls.
Pick up any toys, tools, and other clutter that might get in the way of outdoor work.
Keep your pets and/or children well away from the workers.