During the construction process, your electrical contractor will be one of the first professionals on site, and probably the last to leave. Before the saw cuts the first board, he will be the guy that wires the temporary pole to give it power. After the framing is erected, the electrician must install the electrical fixtures, outlets, switches, and wiring. Then to make it all work, the electrical panel must be installed and the wires connected to it. Because of the time involved to complete a job, it is always wise to get several estimates. This is also true for remodel jobs. The cost difference between a 200-500 square foot and 1000 – 2000 square foot electrical job is substantial.
Electrical Wiring Fixture Installation
Fixture installation is usually a two part process. The first part involves the actual installation of the fixture itself, and is accomplished once the framing is complete. The electrical wires are ran into the fixture, but not connected. Once the wall and ceiling surfaces are finished the electrical mechanism is installed, and the wires connected to it. Each portion of the process may be itemized on your bill, and will usually cost between $78 and $265.
Electrical Wiring Switch Installation
The cost of a single pole switch installation is usually somewhat less than that of fixture installation because there is less time and effort required to perform the task. Two and three pole switches are more complicated, and therefore demand more cost than a single light switch. This part of the process will take place once the wall surfaces are fitted, but before the final finish is applied. The cost of this service is quite reasonable and can run anywhere $73 to $251.
Electrical Wiring Outlet Installation
While the installation of outlets might sound like a simple task, there are several rules that must be observed. Each state and county maintains electrical codes that are rigidly enforced to ensure safety and function of these devices. Basement installation is different than first floor installation, and the second story has its own rules. Houses in flood planes have a totally separate installation procedure. Your electrician is familiar with the codes in your area, and will likely charge between $90 and $307, for this service.
Electrical Panel Wiring Installation
The electrical panel is the heartbeat of all the circuitry in a home. Every switch, outlet, light, and appliance is connected to this hub of efficiency. Properly connecting the electrical panel requires a great deal of skill, and calls for a licensed electrician. Do-it-yourselfers should never attempt this task for many reasons. The most important one being, death can result by electrocution. It is well worth the $411 to $1400, you will spend to have it done by a professional.
200-500 sq. ft. Remodel vs. 1000-2000 sq. ft. Remodel
Wiring installation on a remodel job is usually more time consuming than on new construction, adding to the overall cost. The old wiring, fixtures, outlets, and switches must be removed before the new ones can replace them. Sometimes wires must be fished through walls and ceilings. This process can try the patience of the most saintly electrician, and is never an easy task to accomplish. The size of the project can make a considerable difference in the cost of completion. A 200-500 square foot space can typically be done for $231 to $1010 , while a 1000 to 2000 square foot area will average between $574 and $2503, depending on the complexity of the project.
|$175 - $350||$1,000 - $1,400||$6,500 – $14,000|
The scope and scale of a wiring installation can vary widely with the nature of the job. Our examples may help you get an idea of what your project may cost, but it will take a visit from a qualified electrician to get an accurate estimate.
Just a Single Fixture: $175 - $350
- • What’s Involved: Installing a ceiling box and switch for a light fixture or ceiling fan is a common project, but fishing wire through finished spaces makes it more challenging than a new construction installation.
- • The Scale of the Job: Since the work is concentrated in one area of the home, this is a relatively simple job, though it could involve running new wire from the panel if there isn’t space on an existing circuit to power the new fixture.
- • Accessibility: In our example, the site is accessible from the attic and basement, which generally simplifies running wire. When access is limited, the cost of fishing wire or repairing drywall can almost double the cost of a basic installation.
A Little Expansion: $1,000 - $1,400
- • What’s Involved: Wiring a new room addition with outlets and overhead lighting is a standard part of the construction process, but the nature of the job combines the simplicity of new construction wiring with the challenges of tying into an existing system.
- • The Scale of the Job: Keeping the work limited to a single room makes the work efficient, but running to the panel and adding new circuits broadens the scope of the job.
- • Accessibility: Since the addition is new, wire can be run while framing is exposed, making the job go quickly—it can take more than twice as long to rewire a finished room of the same size.
Starting from Scratch: $6,500 - $14,000
- • What’s Involved: A complete rewiring and panel upgrade will bring an older two to three bedroom house up to date. It’s a big, but necessary project on many whole-house remodeling projects.
- • The Scale of the Job: Since all the existing wire, along with every outlet, switch, and fixture must be replaced and some new devices added, the project is comparable to a new construction install, with the added work of removing the existing materials.
- • Accessibility: In a full gut and remodel project, wiring is nearly as simple as it is during new construction. Rewiring a home with finished walls can cost 30 to 70 percent more than updating one with the framing exposed.
As with any other part of your constructive endeavor, planning is an essential aspect of the wiring process. Having a clear plan of implementation, and sticking to it, will allow the job to proceed smoothly, and save you money in the long run. Having at least three estimates, and negotiating the price, is another advisable way to cut down on total cost. Following these two steps are the best ways to get your project done on time, and in budget.