Electricians install wiring in new homes or during remodels. They can also completely replace outdated wiring in residential and commercial buildings. Wiring can include electrical and power, telephone and network, home theater wiring, audio wiring, security and video wiring, and more. Several factors affect the cost of wiring services.
Electricians often have an hourly rate for their labor. Rates vary based on geographic location, an area’s competition, and the electrician’s experience and training. Alpha Electric and More in Fremont, California, charges $75 and up per hour, depending on the complexity of the job.
A minimum service fee ensures that the company can cover its overhead when they visit a job site. Even if a project takes only 20 minutes, clients still have to pay the minimum service fee to account for the electrician’s time, a stocked work truck, transportation and other work lost by arriving to the location. That’s why it’s wise to consolidate several electrical needs into one service call. Alpha Electric and More charges a minimum service fee of $175–$250, depending on how far the electrician has to travel and the complexity of the job.
Each wiring job is different, and costs involve much more than just labor. Factors to consider include whether demolition required, the cost of materials and level of expertise needed for a job. Here are some sample jobs from Alpha Electric and More to demonstrate costs:
Install two new circuits, each with a two-gauge box: $650
Rewire a standard 10x10 bedroom to the panel (with no overhead light): $600–$800
Rewire a 10x10 room to the panel with more complexity: $900–$1,200
Rewire a 10x10 room to the panel if there is no attic or crawlspace and the walls must be cut open: $1,200–$1,500
Rewire a kitchen: $2,000–$4,000
Complete rewiring of a house: $9,000–$11,000, depending on specifics of the house
Geographic location affects the cost for services. Electricians in cities and areas with a higher cost of living generally charge higher rates for services.
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