When you are looking for an electrician, make sure that the person you hire is a Florida State Certified Contractor. This is important for many reasons.
First of all, hiring someone who is not a certified contractor is illegal. This goes for large projects and small, such as installing ceiling fans or outlets. The person posing as or working as a contractor can face criminal charges and you can face hefty consequences as well, including fines. The last thing you want as a homeowner is someone being taken out of your home in handcuffs. Note however, that as a homeowner, you can complete any work in your own home. That is your right. As soon as you pay someone, it becomes illegal. Additionally, Certified Contractors carry Workman’s Compensation and Liability Insurance. You are liable if your property or someone else’s property is damaged or if any injuries occur (to anyone – neighbors, your family, etc.). Persons working illegally are not trained in National Electrical Codes and are not required to participate in ongoing training in their field, leading to substandard and even dangerous work. They are also unable to pull permits and the work cannot be inspected. You may even have your job shut down, leaving you with lots of unfinished business.
Your instinct may be to hire someone who claims to be able to complete a project at a great price, but the cost to fix the mistakes are far more costly in the long run. Unfortunately, when seriously dangerous conditions are created, there may be consequences to you and your family which you will never be able to repair.
Remember that while legitimate Electrical Contractors are regulated by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations, these individuals are not. Anything goes – with your property, your money, and most importantly, your safety.