Chances are if an electrical estimate seems to good to be true, it probably is. Your first thought may be that you’re getting a great deal; however, cheap electrical service can come with steep hidden costs. You rely on a safe supply of power to your home, but accepting a bottom-of-the-barrel bid could put your home and family in danger.

At Harrison Electric, we want to stress the importance of high-quality, professional electrical service -- not only for functionality but for your safety. Here’s what you may be risking if you hire cheap electrical contractors.

Electrical Code Violations

All electrical work is subject to specific codes as outlined in the National Electrical Code Handbook. Because these codes change often, the handbook is frequently updated, and electricians must stay abreast of new information. If your electrical contractors do not know how to install according to the most recent codes, you could end up paying hefty fines for non-compliance. Not only that, but you’ll have to hire new contractors to bring the work up to code --  two costs you probably didn’t bargain for.

Lack of Insurance

If you’re considering hiring the electrical contractor that gave you the cheapest estimate, you may be dealing with an unlicensed individual. Many unlicensed “electricians” do not carry insurance, so you’ll be financially responsible for any mistakes that occur. Not only will you have to pay for their services, but you’ll also have to pay to fix their subpar work.

Perhaps even more frightening is the chance that an uninsured contractor is hurt on your property while performing work. If that individual files an injury claim, your homeowner’s insurance will be responsible for fighting any allegations on your behalf. Say hello to a higher premium.

Property Damage

Cheap electrical contractors may rush through a job, failing to connect wiring properly, which could lead to disaster for you and your family. Improperly performed electrical work can have expensive consequences including:

●        Fried circuitry

●        Melted wiring

●        Appliance damage

●        Electrical fires

It is unlikely that such contractors are professionally trained, making it more likely that they will install incorrect circuitry or wiring. When this occurs, you may have to foot the bill for appliance replacement costs or new wiring. Worse, you could be facing a devastating house fire.

Licensed Electrical Contractors in the Twin Cities

For electrical work done right the first time, Harrison Electric is your go-to solution. We are licensed, bonded, and insured, and all of our technicians complete extensive continuing education. We strive to provide our customers with high-quality work at competitive prices and even offer extended warranties. To learn more about our services or to schedule a quote for your next project, contact us at 763-544-3300, or you can message us at