Whether you’re remodeling your home’s layout and just need to move electrical outlets, or upgrading an entire outdated electrical system, wiring your home is not as simple or straightforward as choosing a paint color or changing window treatments. Before tackling an electrical wiring project, homeowners need to take into account multiple factors that will influence the cost and decide if it’s actually best to leave the work to experienced electricians.
Installation Materials & Labor
The cost an electrical wiring project can vary significantly based on the home’s square footage, number of switches and outlets, and if the wiring is being completely replaced or just added to. If hiring an electrical contractor, Home Advisor estimates the cost range of adding outlets and switches to be $100 to $185 each.
Rewiring an electrical system requires opening up walls (to reach existing wiring) and then repairing them. Repairing drywall, once the electrical wiring work is completed, can add an additional $1,000 to the project. Wiring costs will be significantly lower if the wiring can be accessed through a basement, attic, basement, crawl space or joists in the floor. The typical cost of rewiring a 1,200 square foot home ranges from $3,500 to $8,000, according to Home Advisor.
Upgrading or Installing an Electrical Service Panel
If you’re adding a room to the home or adding wiring to an existing room, you may need to upgrade the electrical service panel. Older homes are not equipped to handle the loads demanded by modern living. The cost of labor and materials to install a 200-amp panel can range from $1,300 to $3,000.
Other Price Factors
Before starting an electrical wiring project, electrical contractors will need to obtain permits from local government authorities and take the time to become familiar with local codes and laws. The costs of obtaining a permit and city inspection are usually included in the contractor’s quote.
Older homes built before the 1950s may need knob and tube wiring replacement. The cost for this is estimated by Home Advisor at $5,000, while the cost of a permit can range from $350 to $500.
The cost of installing and paying for the materials of new lighting will vary depending on the type of light. A basic light will be around $45, a mid-range light could be $150, and a luxury lighting fixture may reach and surpass $800.
If This Sounds Like Rocket Science
Electrical is a bit simpler than rocket science but can still be too much for a homeowner to understand and handle on their own. Las Vegas homeowners can count on Blue Apple Electric contractors to break down the costs of a wiring project, offer recommendations for energy-efficient lighting, and take care of the project from start to finish. Give us a call today to learn more about your options!