If you think paying a professional electrician is expensive, you'll be shocked to see how an amateur shortcut will really cost you.
Electrical Flat rate or up front pricing examples**.
Electrician Service Call* Cost: $50 - $175 to show up and review your electrical request.
Electrical Problem Diagnostic Cost: $50 - $450 to identify the problem. Troubleshooting or testing an electrical issue can be very time consuming due to shorts, open splices, broken wires, hidden wiring & junction boxes in the wall or ceiling and the DIY people trying to fixthe problem. (Very common electrical service work request: Husband, brother or friend tried to fix the electrical problem and now half house doesn't have any electric power)
Note: Most Flat rate electrician charge a service call fee plus "X" number of dollars for your first service request and a lower discounted price for the extra "add-on" work you request while they are still on the job.
Electrical outlet, GFI or switch
Cost to replace a standard defective electrical switch or outlet
Example: Replace 1st device $175, replace additional electrical device(s) $50 - $100@
Cost to Replace or update to a GFI outlet Example: Replace/update 1st device $185, replace additional device $75 - $110@
Light fixture (light supplied by others)
Cost to replace existing simple light fixture on 8' ceiling
Example: Replace 1st fixture $175, replace additional fixture $50 - $100@
(simple = up to 15 minutes of assembly time)
Replace existing fixture in a 2 story foyer, Cost start at $450
Paddle fan (fan supplied by others)
Cost to install paddle fan on existing fan rated box (8 - 10' ceiling height)
Example: Mount 1st fan $190, mount additional fan $100@
Cost to install a replacement fan rated box $200, additional fan box(s) $125
Circuit Breaker Cost to replace standard 15 - 60 amp circuit breaker
Example: replace 1st circuit breaker $175, replace additional breaker(s) $75 - $125@
Cost to replace standard AFCI 15 - 20 amp circuit breaker
Example: replace 1st breaker $250, replace additional breaker $150@
Note: Old, unusual or obsolete circuit breakers cost much more!
Cost to install & wire 8' ground rod start around $350
Replace 50 cfm bath fan motor, cost start at $325
Electrical service agreement
Service agreements, $100 - $500 per year
Electrical work remodeling costs
Accurate electrical cost estimates for adding outlets, switches and lighting to existing a home is not really possible without the electrical contractor looking at the project. Construction type, project size, location, working heights, accessibility, local & national code requirements, quality of the products, quality of workmanship, weather conditions, updating for code, permit costs, local building department inspection fees, EPA fees, disposal fees and many other factors will greatly effect the overall cost of your electrical remodeling job.
Below are some ballpark cost estimates for electrical remodeling work in your home (permit, inspection and EPA fees are NOT included).
Cost to add new electric outlet circuit
Wire a new outlet from existing AFI circuit, start at $350
New 20 amp GFI outlet circuit, start at $420
New 50 amp 220/240 volt circuit outlet, cost start at $600
Cost to Replace Main Electric panel box
100 amp electric box start $1,100
200 amp electric box start $1,500
If new or replacement wiring and/or circuit breakers are required your costs may double.
Replace Meter Can (base pan) 1 phase overhead service
100 amp meter base start at $650
200 amp meter base start at $850
New or replacement wiring or conduit is extra if required.
Recessed Can Lights
Cost to install recessed can light start at $350, additional can lights $160@
Professional electricians know what their time and knowledge is worth. The cheap handymen know that their time and knowledge worth also!
What are the Service call, Travel or Truck fees?*
Service technician covering the cost for their driving time and vehicle expenses incurred traveling to the job site to check on the electrical issues.
Residential estimated budget starting prices.**
Estimated price guidelines are based on residential electrical repair work in the greater Columbus, Ohio area. Cost guideline is on based an average 1,200 sq ft single story home with an attic space, full unfinished basement or crawl space. Many common residential electrical repair costs are in the $150 - $450 range for the Columbus, Ohio area. Individually owned companies set their policy's and prices.
There are many variables to pricing electrical service jobs.