Electrical Cost Guides

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The electrical power that courses through your home is like your house's life blood. It makes things work. Ceiling fans, computer networks, lights and maybe even your heating and cooling depend on it. Whether you're having electrical problems, adding electrical outlets, upgrading an electrical panel to accommodate a new appliance, or wiring a new home, you'll need a reliable licensed electrician. Because of the dangers and complexities involved, most electrical work falls far outside the DIY zone. Even if it's a seemingly easy job, such as installing a light dimmer, you should consider bringing in a pro. Get free quotes from highly rated local electricians.
Most electricians charge by the hour, and an experienced electrician should be able to give you a reasonably accurate hours-needed estimate from the start. But there are other factors that can affect the cost of your electrical job, depending on the type of job you need accomplished  Continue Reading
  • Hire an Electrician Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $147 - $453
    Average cost:
    $300
    Low cost:
    $80
     
    High cost:
    $890
  • Upgrade an Electrical Panel Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $676 - $1,649
    Average cost:
    $1,086
    Low cost:
    $200
     
    High cost:
    $2,500
  • Install a Ceiling Fan Costs
    Most homeowners spent between:
    $143 - $354
    Average cost:
    $244
    Low cost:
    $80
     
    High cost:
    $600

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Hire an Electrician
(36,394 projects)
Average National Cost:
$300
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Upgrade an Electrical Panel
(6,336 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,086
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Install a Ceiling Fan
(4,671 projects)
Average National Cost:
$244
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Install Electrical Wiring or Panel
(4,633 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,359
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Install a Lighting Fixture
(2,037 projects)
Average National Cost:
$595
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Install an Attic Fan
(1,919 projects)
Average National Cost:
$545
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Install an Outlet
(1,679 projects)
Average National Cost:
$201
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Repair a Lighting Fixture
(1,479 projects)
Average National Cost:
$201
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Install a Bath Fan
(1,249 projects)
Average National Cost:
$356
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Install a Generator
(1,179 projects)
Average National Cost:
$2,981
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Repair an Attic Fan
(997 projects)
Average National Cost:
$275
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Repair a Ceiling Fan
(836 projects)
Average National Cost:
$130
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Install a Switch
(575 projects)
Average National Cost:
$145
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Repair a Bath Fan
(336 projects)
Average National Cost:
$234
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Repair a Generator
(312 projects)
Average National Cost:
$232
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Install or Repair a Home Automation System
(41 projects)
Average National Cost:
$1,340
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Get a Building Permit
(29 projects)
Average National Cost:
$865
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Adding or Upgrading Your Electrical Panel

If you have recently purchased a home with an older panel or your current panel cannot supply the amount of power you need, then you might need to upgrade the panel or install a new one. The minimum requirement for an electric breaker panel is 100 amps. Panels come in 100, 150, 200 and 400 amp capacities. Old panels, especially those with the old glass fuses, are prone to tripping and can pose a fire hazard. Remember to choose a panel that exceeds your electricity needs so you won't tax your electrical system, which can cause outages, or worse, a fire. Your electrician can advise you on whether your panel can be upgraded or needs to be replaced. Upgrades will cost you about $100 on average. Keep in mind that an old style fuse box cannot be upgraded and must be replaced with a new panel.

Adding New Wiring and Switches

When you hire an electrician, even for a small job like installing a light switch, be aware that most charge a minimum fee for a visit. But that fee will roll into the cost of the job. In other words, although an electrician may charge $70 just to walk in the door, that money might cover the first hour of work. The cost of the job will vary depending on the complexity and parts needed. One factor that often contributes to a job's complexity is access. How difficult will it be to run wires, etc.? Will your electrician need to cut into the walls, and, if so, how much? Also that issue of capacity may arise when you add new wiring or install switches. A cheap and simple job can get expensive when you need to update or change your electrical board.

Installing Lighting Fixtures

If the cost to install a light fixture seems high, that's because it includes the price of the fixture. Here's one of the few electrical jobs that may end up costing you more in materials than labor. But, again, capacity issues that require board upgrades or access complications may raise those labor costs. Your electrician should be able to give you an estimate before starting the job.
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