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Don’t do it yourself – Hire a licensed electrician if you want electrical work done

You’re thrifty, you’re self-sufficient, you don’t waste money paying for services you can do yourself. However, there are some tasks or situations when the DIY approach can backfire. You might think you’re saving money by not hiring a pro, but the results could cost you more sometimes much more than if you’d just paid for the professional service in the first place.

WalletPop talked to experts to find out when doing it yourself will actually cost you more if you screw it up. They revealed the kind of missteps well intentioned people make all the time that can burn them.

This news story was shared by Miami Electrical Services.

Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: In many municipalities, it’s flat-out illegal to monkey around with your home’s wiring yourself. Many building departments require that you get a permit, hire a licensed electrician and get an inspection if you want any electrical work done. If that doesn’t scare you off, how about the safety risks? “You usually don’t get a second chance with electricity,” says Michael Johnston, executive director of standards and safety for the National Electrical Contractors Association. “It’s not a job for a handyman.”

Even if you think you know your way around wires and circuits, you could get a nasty shock or even electrocute yourself. Faulty electrical work can also cause fires, and Johnston says you run the risk that your homeowner’s insurance company will deny your claim if the fire stemmed from work that wasn’t permitted or inspected.

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