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Electrical Service

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

January 2014

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.

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

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.
Long term 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 - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

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

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.

TaskService ProviderDurationDo-it-yourself difficultyTarget cost
Install Electrical Service PanelElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$820 - $1,441
Install Recessed LightingElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$163 - $285
Remodel Electrical BoxElectrician1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$523 - $945
Re-Wire HomeElectrician3 to 7 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$1,425 - $2,447
Install Lighting CircuitElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$317 - $542
Install Ceiling Outlet BoxElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$208 - $356 per box
Install Appliance CircuitElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$338 - $577 per circuit
Install Circuit BreakerElectrician1 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$120 - $209 per circuit
Install Electrical Sub-PanelElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$745 - $1,303
Install Lighting Control SystemElectrician1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$6,390 - $11,481
Install Electrical OutletElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$113 - $192
Install Light SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$98 - $165
Install Ceiling FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 3 - Complex, Difficult$492 - $866
Install Track LightingElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$317 - $542
Install Electrical WiringElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$9.50 - $16.32 per outlet
Install Home AlarmHome Alarm Installer1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$520 - $949
Install Home Theater SystemElectrician1 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$3,955 - $7,235
Replace Bathroom FanElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 2 - Challenging$307 - $524
Repair Aluminum WiringElectrician1 to 2 dLevel 4 - Pros Only$395 - $668 per circuit


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