Written by Charles Peacock
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What would a home be without electricity? In this technological and gadget-driven age, it would be a remnant of a time long since past. If you're building a home or upgrading an existing structure, one of the first things you'll need to do is hire a good electrician to get the place wired correctly.

Some people might have the idea that they can handle electrical work themselves, and in many cases this might be true. Electrical wiring isn't rocket science, but at the same time it is quite complex and can lead to disastrous results if it's not installed and maintained properly. Unless you are totally confident in your skills, your best bet is to at least consult with a professional. If you're building a new home, you may even be required by law to hire a certified electrician.

Working with Electricians

One mistake that many people make is to assume that their electrician knows exactly what they want, and to sit back and let them do their job without any instruction. While most professional electricians are certainly good enough to wire your home without you telling them what to do, there are a lot of little things that you should at least discuss with them before they get to work. Once your house is wired, there is no turning back (at least no easy turning back) so the more you communicate with your electrician before he starts working, the more likely you are to end up with a system that you're happy with.

When some friends of mine built their last home, they were very annoyed to discover that their electrician had put many of the light switches on walls that wound up hidden behind open doors. This is the type of situation that can be avoided if you work with your electrician to map out where everything is going to be. Things like wall socket placement and high voltage lines for appliances are crucial to a well-designed home, and you'll be much happier if you make sure in advance that everything is where it's supposed to be!

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