How To Tell If You Need A Remodeling Contractor Or An Electrical Contractor

An electrician working on an electrical breaker panel. Model is an actual electrician - all work is being performed according to industry codes and safety standards.

Remodeling your home can be a fantastic situation. There’s not much better than looking at your newly remodeled home, and enjoying the new space that your remodeling job affords you. Unfortunately, the process of actually remodeling your home is always a bit stressful. It requires having workers come in and out of your home on a daily basis. It sometimes requires having your home be entirely unusable for some length of time.

Then there’s actually setting up the job in the first place. When it comes to hiring the right remodeling company, things can get a little tricky. There are many different remodeling companies that can offer a number of different services, of course. And naturally, you want to hire the best company for the job. But sometimes, two companies offer a similar job, and it’s not always clear which company you should hire.

For example, many remodeling jobs involve electrical installation. Because of this, most remodeling contractors will have some skill at installing electrical components. However, they’re remodeling contractors, and not electricians. Because of that, it may seem obvious that one should hire an electrical contractor to do the electrical installation.

But is that really the case? Is one necessarily better than the other? And is there any benefit to hiring both?

Hiring A Remodeling Contractor

Remodeling contractors are your general, all-purpose contractors. They’re capable of doing a large number of different jobs. This means that they generally have a lot of skill in different areas of construction and remodeling. Due to that, when there’s any specific kind of specialty job, such as electrical work, a remodeling contractor can generally take care of what needs to be taken care of.

However, remodeling contractors will often be unable to perform specific, specialty work. There may be a number of parts of your remodeling job that require specialty knowledge. Perhaps there’s a specific device that needs to be installed. Perhaps the house is old, and the electrical wiring needs to be treated carefully. Perhaps there’s simply something with the electrical that hadn’t been put on the blueprints, and so it’s a surprise.

Whatever the case, remodeling contractors are generally not specially trained in electrical. Because of this, they may have a difficult time if something of that nature comes up.

Hiring An Electrical Contractor

Electrical contractors are electricians, which means they’re fully capable of handling any specialty electrical work that comes up. What’s more, if your job is specifically dealing with the electrical, such as replacing the fuse box with a breaker box or re-wiring part of all of the house, you’ll very nearly require an electrical contractor.

However, the downside of an electrical contractor is that they’re not generally good with the various other types of remodeling jobs that might come up. They may be able to get into the wall in order to rewire things, for example. But they’re unlikely to have the tools or the skills to build any kind of framing, or be able to build an entirely new structure. If you need that sort of thing, then an electrical contractor can’t help you.

Hiring Both Kinds Of Contractors


As you may be starting to see, there will be some remodeling jobs where you’ll need to hire both types of contractors. How will you know when that’s the case?

In general, a remodeling contractor will be able to tell you if you’re going to need to hire an electrical contractor. When you’re talking to the remodeling company, having them look over your home and give you an estimate for the job you want to be done, they’ll be able to tell you whether or not you’re going to need a specialty contractor. From there, they’ll no doubt give you the number of different electrical contractors that they’ve worked with. They may even have a specific electrical contractor they like to call for such jobs, meaning you won’t have to deal with it at all.

Remodeling your home can be stressful, but there’s no reason to make it more stressful than it has to be. Just make sure that you’re doing your research, and you know what kind of contractors you need. That will make things go much more smoothly.

About the author: Deborah Wilson