When you hire an electrician to work in your home, he or she is working on a function or visual change -- or both. Updating a circuit breaker panel is merely functional while hanging a new light fixture is an aesthetic change that can boost the look of your home's interior, for example. Regardless of the tasks that the electrician is performing, you can take advantage of the opportunity to do some electrical work of your own. You don't have to be an electrical whiz to complete these tasks -- the right parts and some simple tools can get the job done properly and help to improve the look of your various rooms.
Changing Your Outlet And Switch Covers
Over time, the outlet and switch covers on your walls can get discolored and bring down the visual quality of the room. The good news is that it's inexpensive and easy to replace them. Visit your local home improvement store and buy new covers. Typically, covers that have yellowed over time are ideal to remove in favor of white ones. You can then use a slotted screwdriver to carefully remove the old covers and then screw the new covers into place. Provided you're careful about performing this job, there isn't even a need to kill the power to the affected areas.
Upgrading Your Doorbell Chime Cover
When it comes to performing simple visual upgrades in your home, it's easy to overlook your doorbell chime cover. If it is in dire need of a face-lift, you can get the job done with a great deal of ease. Even though the chime unit is wired to the doorbell itself, you don't need any electrical experience to complete the aesthetically pleasing task. If the chime cover is a standard size, you can remove it, take it to the home improvement store and buy an equal-sized replacement. In this case, the cover should snap right onto the housing.
Upgrading Your Light Bulbs
Upgrading the light bulbs throughout your home is a simple job that doesn't require any electrical know-how. Incandescent bulbs can cast a yellow, dingy look that can leave the interior of your home dark and shadowy. Suitable replacement choices include CFL bulbs and LED bulbs. Each has a slightly different look -- LED bulbs tend to have a brighter white appearance or even a slightly blue hue -- that can adequately illuminate your home.