5 questions for a Boston area electrical expert
When it comes to do-it-yourself home improvement, electrical work can be the most difficult and even dangerous. Instead of DIY, an electrical professional can save you time and avoid harm. Highly rated electrician Jim deOliveira of JDO Electric recently offered his tips for those needing to hire an electrician.
How do you charge?
deOliveira: How I charge depends on what kind of work I'm doing. For instance, an emergency call or a trouble-shooting job would be charged at an hourly rate, but a larger job like a service upgrade or kitchen remodel would be a quoted project.
What can homeowners do to best prepare for having electrical work done?
deOliveira: The best way for a customer to prepare for electric work is to have a list ready for the electrician at time of estimate with all their questions, wants and needs so they're not trying to jog their memory. It makes life easier for everyone and it assures they won't forget to mention something they want or a question they want to ask.
Do you do more work on older homes?
deOliveira: I do tend to do more work on older homes. They just need more work because they're outdated and have more safety issues.
Is there a time of year that is best to hire an electrician?
deOliveira: The best time of year to hire an electrician is from January to May. It tends to be a slower time of the year and it gives you a better chance for a faster appointment and start date.
What are the most common electrical repairs in the Boston area?
deOliveira: The most common electrical repairs in the Boston area are 120-volt plug repairs and upgrades. Older homes typically aren't up-to-date with today's power demands.”