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Are you frustrated because you need an outlet where there is none or have an outlet where you don't need it? Want to install a dimmer? With technology booming and becoming a more prominent fixture in our lives, adding or updating your electrical outlets and fixtures in your home is becoming more of a necessity.

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Often, an electrician will charge a minimum trip fee for a job, plus additional labor and parts. Since you may be paying a minimum fee just for the visit, it's better to get a quote for everything you want at one time instead of piecemeal one-off bids. Do you want to install a ceiling fan? Add an outlet? Rewire a plug? Do you need dedicated circuits for your high-end electronics? Maybe you need to install an electric vehicle charging station in your garage. The possibilities are endless and doing a quick walk-through of your home to see where you might need work might save you time and money in the end.
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Pricing and Guarantees

Licensed electricians can charge anywhere from $50-$100 an hour depending on experience level and complexity of the job. This does not include additional costs for parts or minimum trip fees. An apprentice electrician could charge less than this for simple jobs.
Get detailed bids on the price of parts and labor for each project in your home. Additionally, make sure all expectations are in writing and that you completely understand the terms and conditions of the work to be done. Talk to your contractor about what happens if you aren't satisfied with the work or if unforeseen circumstances cause changes in the bid. See what kinds of warranties are offered and make sure you understand what is included in the price of the estimate.

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Light dimmers provide control over your lighting design and may add some extra savings on your electric bill and allow you to adjust the light to meet your needs. Light timers and motion sensor light controllers are another great way to enhance your home's lighting design and an easy way to reduce your energy spend. Have you thought about energy efficient ceiling fan installation? Ask your electrical professional about these and other great ways to reduce your energy consumption.

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Urgent Repairs

It's very disconcerting to plug in an appliance and see a spark shoot out, or to flip the bathroom light switch and nothing happens. These are all potential fire hazards and need to be looked at by a qualified professional as soon as possible.

Choosing the Right Electrician

Choosing the right electrician doesn't have to be scary and you shouldn't live with dangerous problems for fear of choosing a bad contractor. Make sure the person you hire is licensed and ask for references to ensure their work and reliability. Meet the electrician and make sure that you feel comfortable with that person in your home or office. Trust is an important factor in your choice. Make sure that you see their insurance policy as well as any insurance policies they have for their employees and ask about their liability in the event of property damage.


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ROSEMARY HOAGLAND More than 1 year ago
Xiomara Williams More than 1 year ago
To me that a lot for that service,only.
Steven Phillips More than 1 year ago
It is not possible to bid this sort of work without a site visit, there are too many variables. If the area(s) are finished with drywall OR if your service cannot handle the addition of the washer circuit then this job could easily run $2K or more. Much more. If your washer is in an unfinished area near the panel, AND the panel has the proper accommodation for an added circuit, this job should cost around $150 - $300 if priced by a licensed, insured electrician. Anyone charging less than $150 for a job of this type is likely a 'handyman' who knows that his work is worth far less than the going rate. Hire this person at your own risk, bearing in mind that ELECTRICITY KILLS!! 
Xiomara's job bidding skills and spelling skills seem to fall into the same category.
Julie Noah More than 1 year ago
Seems pricy to me
Diana Rogers More than 1 year ago
That seems high to me.
Connie McManus More than 1 year ago
I've used Home Advisor before and I was very vert impressed. They did exactly as promised.Thank you!!!
ANDREA BRYANT More than 1 year ago
I need to install a vent in bathroom and I'm wondering this is costing me 350.00. Can this be right?
Xiomara Williams More than 1 year ago
Karen Ropp More than 1 year ago
I will try to contact one of these electricians.
LUIS CALDERON More than 1 year ago
Installation of recess lightning in the basement would require dry wall replacement and patching. Is this part of the job or do I need to hire someone else for everything else other than the electrical job?
s copeland More than 1 year ago
my 220 outlet went out after the last heavy rain storm  and the dryer will not  turn on. how much is this to  repair does the power company come out and repair?
Xiomara Williams More than 1 year ago
Steven Phillips More than 1 year ago
S Copeland,

Most electrical service providers will inspect your electrical service (at no charge) to see if the problem is on their side of the service or your side. If the problem is on your side of the metering equipment you will need to hire (and pay) the electrician of your choice for the repair.
janell torres 10 months ago
I live in a condo (have permission to fix from HOA) and my main phone line went out. My Internet pro idea doesn't fix this. Any idea how much this would cost if it's a main wire repair?
Alice Knatt 11 months ago
I have a quote for $200 to install a dedicated dedicated line and outlet for a sump pump.  Is this a reasonable cost? Thanks! 
Sally E Bryant More than 1 year ago
If you are paying for a service ,get more than 1 quote,for tha same scope of work.This intern gives you a ballpark for your budget.
shirley mccloud More than 1 year ago
I've experienced my recess lights have been going out, as of now I only have one light in my kitchen 4 dont even come on anymore along with lights in the basement., My daughters bedroom doesnt have electricity at all. I need to find the cause of this and oh I only have 1 light in my bedroom. There is some type of wiring problem that I have to have looked at. I liked to get a quote but I also now someone needs to come to the house to find the source of the problem
Betty Hale More than 1 year ago
Got a restatement but can't get electrician to call me back
Alvin Flores More than 1 year ago
I received a quote to rewire a two story house around 1,900 sq ft...because the need to be up to code. The quote is for 22,000.00. Do that make sense? For me looks like is over price base on an old house.
fran b More than 1 year ago
Check the requirements with the building and safety section of your city.  Generally you only have to upgrade if you are remodeling or adding an addition.   But if your wiring is causing problems, you may have to rewire for safety reasons.  
Larry (Steve) Kirkland 12 months ago
It all depends on what type of walls you have, are they plaster wall or drywalls. Is there paneling on the walls, or waynes coating. Drywall is bad enough, but dealing with the other types of wall is a hassle.  $12.00 a square foot is not unreasonable these days. If you don't like the contractor's price I would seek out an other contractor. I would get three quotes before I would hire any contractor, and I'm a contractor myself.
Diana Rogers More than 1 year ago
That seems high to me.
renee nox More than 1 year ago
I have received an estimate of $7,000, to replace the breaker box, replace outside wire from connecting to house to meter, replacing the wire to existing outlets and switches, and includes inspection
johnny archibeque More than 1 year ago
How much to install outlet for electric stove, also have power cord connected
Amy Alcantara More than 1 year ago
I am remodeling my home and want to switch the location of my washer and dryer to the opposite wall in my laundry room.  How much should it cost for the rough in plumbing (drain) since there is already a sink in that location.   I also need an estimated cost for moving the electrical plug for the dryer.  I am basically switching my washer and dryer to where my laundry room sink is currently Iand moving the sink to where my washer/dryer are currently located.  
Barbara Feig More than 1 year ago
how much should it cost to rewire each outlet//light switch/light fixtures in the context of rewiring  a whole house?
Julie Parsons More than 1 year ago
I have a question If anyone can please tell me. I live in an older two bd one ba house. It was wired once before, however was not done up to code. I have the option to buy, but in the attic is old knob and tube bkr box is 110. So what is good price for complete rewire and box upgrade?
Lee Sardo More than 1 year ago
I received a quote of $1500 to install a 220 outlet to laundry room. I can buy a new drier for less. Is this a normal price? 
james Bertucca More than 1 year ago
 good electrictrian could fix this problem in one hour. at a cost of $50.00 to $60.00  my problem is a security light is wired into a ceiling fan and when you turn off the celing fan it turns the power off to my backyard security lights.
maria DAWSON More than 1 year ago
I have  hire    First rate lawn service from home advisor before; to cut my grass ' nice people! on time' I call the same day' did it almost two hours great job! reasonable price!!
April Harris More than 1 year ago
I have a simple repair of reversing 2 wires in 1 GFCI receptacle.  We are selling and the buyer insists on a professional even though my husband could do the job.  I would like to find someone to do this for the price of a service call and not tag on the hourly rate as it will probably take all of 5 minutes to do this job,  Do most include a 1/2 hr in their service call charge?
Celeste Rfields More than 1 year ago
How much would it be to just have a electrician  make sure your plugs, wires, and outlets work basically a safety check in the house?
Brenda Ware Ware More than 1 year ago
Very reliable and courteous. Prenvious jobs completed exactly as requested.
Mike Atmour More than 1 year ago
I need 12 outlets replaced inside my home and 3 gfci outlets installed also 2 breakers replaced easy garage accessible and 2 can lights installed what will this cost in Portland? One place I called said $500+
john yerina More than 1 year ago
I may have not been clear on the amount of work that needs to be done. I want to know the cost of replacing the existing fuse box with a 200 amp service, upgrading the kitchen with dedicated outlets for appliances plus ground faults for same and in both bathrooms. The rest of the home needs electrical upgrade as well 
Elnagene Freeman More than 1 year ago
Mister Sparky Co was very prompt and efficient. Their explanations were clear and seemed
to be accurate. They cleaned up completely when they were finished and I was very pleased with
the small job required. I would use them again. 
Brad Baker More than 1 year ago
I had an electrician come out and provide an estimate to put in a separate circuit from the panel out to a deck area, the estimate was just under $2,000.  seems high but is it really?
Claude Rochaix More than 1 year ago
Way too expensive
Mark Green More than 1 year ago
If the electrician has to install and new Service panel then that would sound about right.
But if it is just a matter of running a dedicated circuit and tying into the existing panel;
it shouldn't cost more then $650.00.
Where are you located? 
Robin Bundick More than 1 year ago
My dining room light/fan unit is not working and either are my kitchen under cabinet lights. We eliminated a faulty switch. Think is may be a loose wire in the line. What is a fair price for this repair?
Rob Powell More than 1 year ago
I want to put LED bulbs in the existing exterior light fixtures of my home.  I currently have six exterior lights controlled by a total of four electronic timers I've installed in light switch boxes.  My current electronic timers will not work with LEDs.  I looked in one box, and it has red, black, and white wires running into it.  I think the other boxes should have the same type of wires.  Our house was built about 1980.  How much should I expect to spend to get four LED-compatible timers installed? 
Kevin Walls More than 1 year ago
Very quick response. Waiting on receiving a call from different contractors. Will update once I receive information from contractor.
sherry perkins More than 1 year ago
What should I expected to be billed for a new circuit breaker box.
Xiomara Williams More than 1 year ago
Abracke box cost between 100- 300 depent on the size. Plus the breaks one can cost 29.00- 50+. So1500 is OK.
Gloria Dunbar More than 1 year ago
I am trying to budget for a 240V, 50A installation job and do not want to be taken by the electrician on the quote.  Can you tell me the fair price to pay for this.  My breaker box is in the garage at the front of the house, attic is accessible.  The spa will be in the backyard against the house, opposite corner/side of the breaker box in the garage.  Don't know if this matters.  Please give me some idea of what a fair price is if you can.  I have had 3 estimates that are so far from each other...I am beginning to wonder what will I be paying for.    Thank you
Jc Smith More than 1 year ago
 $600 plus or -20% .  This is based on your spa being 70 feet away from your panel. I would figure 200 for material and about 400 for labor for two guys.
Janice Yates More than 1 year ago
A tree limb took down the electrical mast from the outside of our home on a Friday afternoon. The provider that responded stated that they charged $180 per labor hour. They took 35 minutes to arrive, then spent over an hour to go to Lowe's for a 200 amp wire (which they knew they needed). They charged us for all of that time plus $251 for the wire. They also charged us the 20 minutes it took to write up the bill. All in all, $845. Does this sound right?? I feel as though we have been price-gouged. All they had to do was put the mast back on the house - no damage done to the meter.
Robert Kristan More than 1 year ago
Although the mast (conduit and weather head) are the homeowner's responsibility the 200amp drop (feeder wire from pole to house) is generally not.  The Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) requires the utility provider to supply the feeder in virtually all markets.  Probably the only advantage to paying the contractor to replace it is expediency, the utility could have taken several days.  For what the contractor did, as quickly as he did it, $850 is fair. 
James Hornof More than 1 year ago
The homeowner is responsible for fixing the mast that was ripped off the wall.  It wouldn't matter how long you wait for the utility company as once they arrive they will tell you to call an electrician.  You are correct that they are responsible for the wires that come to the connection point.
James Hornof More than 1 year ago
I do not agree with how they determined the bill, but $845 is fair.  Any time work on the wires coming off the transformer is to be done there is a much greater degree of risk.  You cannot turn off the breaker as if you were changing a receptacle.  This is why these types of jobs usually cost more.  In my area any service work starts at about $1800, but the job you described would be about $1000.
Philip or Arty Williams More than 1 year ago
Received a bid to wire an unfinished basement (rec room, bdroom, bathroom) about 1,000 sq feet.  Bid came in at $4500.   Includes outlets, switches, can lights in ceilings.  Does $4500 seem reasonable?
Marquis Patton More than 1 year ago
I've used Home Advisor previously and was satisfied with the workmanship, professionalism and price. 

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