The Hidden Costs of Hiring Unlicensed Electricians in Toronto
The services of an electrician do not come cheap, mainly because electrical work is usually a risky occupation. In addition, licensed electricians in Toronto have to go through rigorous training (which is also costly) in order to gain their credentials. With the intention of duping home owners into hiring them, unlicensed electricians charge lower labor costs than their licensed counterparts. However, what you don’t know is that the former come with many hidden costs, including:
- More Working Hours
Electrical work is usually charged by the hour. A licensed electrician knows what to do and has learned the art of quick problem-solving. This translates to less working time. On the other hand, an unlicensed electrician will spend a lot of time trying to solve a problem. Moreover, they can spend hours working on an area or electrical issue that would have taken their skilled counterparts minutes to get the job done.
- High Chances of Repeat Jobs
Every time you hire an unlicensed electrician, you put yourself at the risk of having to get the work repeated. It is unfortunate but also true: most of the people who pretend to be skilled professionals are just trying their hand on the job. When you hire such a person, you most probably will have to get a licensed electrical technician to correct the damage left behind by the pretender. Remember that you will have to pay for the shoddy job as well as the one done professionally. In other words, you incur double costs.
- Damage to Materials and Tools
Electrical materials are expensive. When they are damaged, you have to dig deeper into your pockets to replace them. It is a situation you can’t avoid when dealing with an unlicensed electrician. Furthermore, most electricians of that ilk do not have their own tools. You may have to hire or buy your own equipment. The worst part is that the chances of getting them damaged while they are in unskilled hands are very high. In the end, you will have to replace them too.
- Possibility of Fires
The biggest danger in hiring unlicensed electricians lies in the high possibility of fire resulting from faulty wiring and materials of questionable quality. You may think that you are lucky when the unskilled electrician successfully makes the installation or other kinds of electrical work. However, your luck may soon turn into doom as you count great losses resulting from fire caused by poor electrical work. To avoid such a situation, hire a licensed electrician who not only has the skills to ensure the safety of your home or commercial building from electrical hazards but is also insured against such eventualities.
So often, Toronto home and commercial building owners end up regretting hiring the wrong kind of people for their electrical needs. Still, a number of people, while hoping to cut down on costs, hire unlicensed electricians. They realize when it is too late that they have ended up paying much more than they would if they searched for licensed electricians in Toronto. Don’t become a statistic in electrical works gone wrong. Hire an electrician who has the right qualifications and licenses.