Electrical Service

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Electrical Maintenance project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Electrical Maintenance Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Electrical Maintenance investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Electrical Maintenance project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Electrical Maintenance - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Electrical Maintenance project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionCommon home electrical maintenance and service projects. Projects include modernization, restoration, addition and repair.
Project sizeAverage electrical service call
Material and labor cost$563 - $656
Do-it-yourself assessmentThis is not a project recommended for the do it yourselfer. A successful Electrical Maintenance requires the work of skilled trade contractors as well as special materials, tools, fabrication and installation techniques. Do it yourself mistakes may be expensive to remedy and will likely reduce the marketability and value of your home.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Electrical Maintenance project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Electrical Maintenance project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
Green ratingElectrical Maintenance projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Electrical Maintenance - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Electrical Maintenance. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Electrical Maintenance project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Electrical Maintenance project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Electrical Maintenance project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Install Electrical Service PanelElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$812 - $1,426
Install Recessed LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$126 - $217
Remodel Electrical BoxElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$506 - $916
Re-Wire HomeElectrician3 to 7 d$3,141 - $5,496
Install Lighting CircuitElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$341 - $581
Install Ceiling Outlet BoxElectrician1 d$197 - $335 per box
Install Appliance CircuitElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$308 - $525
Install Circuit BreakerElectrician1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$122 - $217
Install Electrical Sub-PanelElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$826 - $1,450
Install Lighting Control SystemElectrician1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$2,077 - $3,521
Install Electrical OutletElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$100 - $170
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$95 - $161
Install Ceiling FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$408 - $713
Install Track LightingElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$287 - $490
Install Electrical WiringElectrician1 to 2 d$88 - $150 per outlet
Install Home AlarmHome Alarm Installer1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$356 - $646
Install Home Theater SystemElectrician1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$1,481 - $2,662
Replace Bathroom FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$109 - $189
Repair Aluminum WiringElectrician1 to 2 d$117 - $203 per circuit

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Electrical Maintenance - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Electrical Maintenance project plan.

  • To keep Electrical Maintenance costs low and quality high, specify simple wall and ceiling transitions and use common surface finishes
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • Perform major Electrical Maintenance work with permits to help protect value at resale time
  • Understand how your project will change property taxes (assessed value) and home insurance - before the project begins
  • Identify and consider construction materials and components that will qualify for tax credits or utility company rebates
  • Consider eco friendly appliances with the Energy Star certification
  • Match appliances and fixtures to electrical circuit, hot water and gas capacities

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