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Elbert and M…, Home Buyer in Winter Haven, FL

Do you have to hire someone to do plumbing, and electric work can you do them or have to have a professional?

Asked by Elbert and Mary Stonebraker, Winter Haven, FL Fri Sep 6, 2013

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You should always have a professional when you are dealing with electric or plumbing. you can changed a light switch and a fan or 2. changing sprinkler heads, and who hasn't change a
toilet float.
But, if there is any thing more you should look for someone licensed and insured. I am a licensed and insured but, I don't do residential repair, I only work new construction.
I hope this helps
I do have a long list of people in the metro Orlando area
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 6, 2013
I completely agree. Plumbing and electric issues aren't something you really want to mess with. I would have a professional take care of those as soon as you can. Good luck! http://www.stephenspandh.com/plumbing-and-repair.php
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Flag Fri Sep 6, 2013
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Flag Fri Sep 6, 2013
In my opinion, whenever it comes to doing home repairs, especially plumbing and electrical, you should always hire a licensed and insured contractor. These contractors should know the codes and also provide you with a receipt so that you have a record that the work was done correctly.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 6, 2015
I don't know if you have to hire someone, but it is a good idea to do this. A lot can go wrong if you don't do the electrical and plumbing work correctly. You should have it done right the first time and get a professional. http://www.aumentaplumbing.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 4, 2015
Usually, you want to have a professional who knows what they're doing working on your plumbing. You can always work on your own stuff; it belongs to you anyway. In my experience, it's best to have the job done right, the first time. That's what makes me hire professionals. http://www.parkeysco.com/colorado-springs-co-plumbing.htm
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 30, 2015
There isn't anything that I know of requiring you to have a professional do this work if you own the home, although some landlords may require that in properties that they rent out. It is a good idea to consult professionals whenever you haven't done that specific job before or if you don't know how to do all of the work on your own. You can end up costing yourself more money if you do a job the wrong way, so it's good to know your limits and to remember to call a professional when you reach those limits.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 13, 2015
Jackson, I agree that you can do some plumbing and electrical work on your own but some things are best left to the professionals. In my house we have replaced toilet handles and small clogs but we always call a professional on more complicated repairs. If you don't know what you are doing you can sometimes create more problems. http://www.myanytime.com/residential.html
Flag Sat Jan 24, 2015
The fact is that it depends on where you live. In the trades, we have these things called Authorities Having Jurisdiction. In PA where I live your city or township has Jurisdiction and can decide whether you can legally do your own electrical work or plumbing. The way they decide that is by who they allow to pull permits and what oversight and inspections they require. In many townships, homeowners can pull all their permits (though the technical requirements of those permits might be beyond them, making that not possible). In bigger cities, the cities only want licensed pros to pull permits. You basically have to know the rules of where you live.

That said, plumbing and electric are really not things you want to mess with unless you are a pro, especially not electric. Your water pipes will probably not kill you while you're working on them, but your home wiring most certainly can. A plumbing mistake can cause serious flood damage. And even a very small electrical mistake could result in a lethal house fire down the line. Those are two trades I would not take lightly if I were you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 16, 2013
Agreeing with what was already said, simple projects are something any homeowner can do (and really should know how to). More complex projects are definitely pros only. Amateur electric and plumbing can not only be expensive to fix, but can also be dangerous and even illegal.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
I would hope that most people know how to do the simple chores that keep the house going. If you needed to call someone to do a simple toilet unclogging, well that's your choice. Though I would agree that the complex projects should be left to someone that really has quality experience.
Flag Tue Oct 28, 2014
When you are doing something simple like unclogging the toilet you may have the skill set to handle the problem. However, most projects will need the aid of a trained professional. It is worth investing in someone who clearly knows how to do the job.
Flag Wed Oct 22, 2014
No, you don't have to hire someone.

But you should for ALL electrical work and for anything but simple plumbing jobs.

Hope that helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 6, 2013
Don Tepper, Real Estate Pro in Burke, VA
I agree with Park Place Realty, you should always hire a professional to make changes to your plumbing and electrical. New codes are always added and you may not know exactly what to do. Legally, you are supposed to pull permits for this work as well. Also, when you look to sell your property, having receipts from a licensed contractor (plumber or electrician) will give the potential buyer more confidence in the property.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 6, 2013
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