Spring has arrived after a not to dramatic winter. It's time to start thinking about summer projects in and around our homes. If you remember last summer thinking we really need a ceiling fan in this room or an air conditioner in another, now is the time to have the installation done. It's human nature to put things aside until the need arises. In my experience, I have seen it year after year, a hot spell arrives and we get flooded with calls for AC lines and ceiling fan installations. Because summer tends to be a busy time, these installations may not get done until half the summer season is over.
It doesn't stop at ceiling fans and air conditioners. Some other things to consider now are pool installations and outdoor lighting. Thinking ahead now and planning to do these jobs early can save you money and grief.
On the topic of swimming pools I would like to address a separate issue I have seen time and again. When people purchase a pool, especially an above ground pool, the salesman selling it rarely informs the customer of the extent of electrical work necessary to make it legal. If you are thinking of purchasing a pool this year try and educate yourself on the local codes and what is required both electrically and the building codes. I feel bad when I go to a customer's house and have to inform them of the work I will need to do to make the pool legal and they are shocked and not prepared for the cost.
One customer a couple of years ago had to have his service rerouted underground in order to make his pool legal. Between the cost of the service and the fencing required, it cost him thousands of dollars, far more than the pool actually cost. So as some friendly advice, try and find out what you will need before you make this type of substantial purchase.