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Handyman or Electrician – Which Should I Hire?

by B.Annie on August 27, 2018

A handyman is high on the list for every new homeowner.  We need someone to put up new shelves in the closet, change the doorknob, replace the screen on the back door or even put up new curtains or blinds in the living room.  The list of jobs a handyman can handle can seem endless.

Unfortunately that is not actually the case.  There are many jobs that should be left to a professional.  Knowing the difference between a handyman and  a certified electrician can save you money and in some cases can your life.

When it comes to your home, you know there are some electrical projects that are more involved than changing a lightbulb. You may need to get a professional involved to get the job done. Now comes the question: Who you gonna call? (No, not the Ghostbusters). The answer may come down between these two – an electrician or a handyman. So what exactly is the difference between an electrician and a handyman?

What is an Electrician?

An electrician is a certified professional who has undergone years of education and training. They are experienced with years of electrical work under their belt.

It could take as many as seven years in most states to be licensed as a Master Electrician. This licensure happens only after having trained under and been approved by a Master Electrician. Which means an electrician would have spent 6,000 to 8,000 hours working in electrical systems already, as well as 144 hours of classwork per year for three to five years. They must also have passed an exhaustive state-licensing test to determine that they are qualified to work safely on electrical systems.

Certified electricians have the proper skill and training to work with home and commercial electrical systems. Electricity is an electrician’s specialty and they are the most qualified to do the work.

What is a Handyman?

A handyman could also be a professional, although not in electricity. Handymen (and women) offer a wide range of services, from cleaning the gutters, patching up the roof, fixing that hole in the fence you’ve been meaning to get to, etc. Hence, being handy- they are able to help with quick fixes or tasks. You do not need to be licensed to perform these services.

When it comes to electrical systems, both home and health could be put at risk when using a handyman.  In-depth knowledge and experience should be coupled to handle electricity safely.  Be sure to think about the difference in training and licensing between an electrician and a handyman when hiring to help with your home electrical work.

Why Should I Hire A Licensed Electrician?

Licensing means state certification. For electricians this begins by first applying into an apprenticeship, which most states require be 2-4 years. During the apprenticeship, the electricians are trained and observed by a Master Electrician before being allowed to take the exam to become a Master Electrician. This ensures the journeyman is up to state codes and regulations after receiving years of training.

Licensing ensures that work meets certain quality and state standards- A DIY job or handyman work may not be done correctly and could become a potentially dangerous situation. Licensed work is guaranteed, done by trained and skilled professionals.

Insurance and inspections require licensed work. Depending on your homeowner’s insurance, coverage for damages that occur as a result of poorly performed electrical work may not be covered if you did not hire an insured and licensed electrician. If you try to sell your home, you will have the paper trail of certified work that your home is up to code.

Electrical work is a worthy investment. Don’t get left in the dark with a poorly done system. All of our Winstar Electricians are licensed, certified and ready to help you with any electrical project.  Don’t delay, call Winstar today!