Hire a Pro Advice: Replace a Doorbell

Here's where to find a pro to replace a doorbell with the basic point that should be in a contract for a doorbell installation.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

To find an electrician to replace a doorbell ask friends and neighbors for a referral or use the Yellow Pages or an online contractor referral service. Another option is to buy the doorbell at a home center where an installation service is offered. Usually there's a tag on the fixture as the "installed price." Most offer the traditional cash-and-carry price as well as an installed price that covers installation. The retailer arranges for an electrician to do the installation and is responsible for both the scheduling of the job, and of course, your satisfaction.

Here are the basic points that should be included in a contract for a doorbell installation:
  • Description of the work to be completed with the name of the doorbell to be used (brand name, style, or other specifications)
  • Cost of material and all warranties from the manufacturer
  • Cost of labor and amount of deposit, if required
  • Job installation date