How Much Does an Electrical Wiring Installation Cost?
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.
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.
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