8 Common Electrical Projects and How Much They Cost

Electrical improvements can take a bite out of your wallet, especially with the high cost of copper these days. This is a look at the average cost of common electrical projects.

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    Electrical Service

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    If you’re like a lot of people in an older home, the service is probably 60 amps and underrated. With the large demand for power in today’s home, a minimum of 100 amps is required. Larger homes will require 200 amps or more. Just as a guideline, a 100-amp service will likely run you around $1,000. The 200-amp service will run you another $500, depending on the cost of wire and the area that you live. This will include a new meter, disconnect, wire, piping, panel, and a weather head.

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    Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)

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    A skilled electrician can install this outlet in about 15 to 30 minutes. That combined with the price of the wire, outlet, box, and miscellaneous parts will run you approximately $100 to $200 to complete.

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    Three-Way Switches

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    A skilled electrician can install a set of three-way switches in under an hour. This includes a piece of 12-2 wire with a ground and a piece of 12-3 wire with a ground. Two switches are needed and any boxes that might need to be changed. This will run $100 to $225 for a complete installation.

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    Outlet Installation

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    A standard outlet can be installed in 15 to 30 minutes. An outlet, box, wire, ​and labor should run you $100 to $150 for the installation.

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    220-Volt Outlet

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    An outlet to run a larger 220-volt outlet requires larger wire. That means the cost of this operation is a little higher. The combination of the outlet, wiring, box, and labor would be around $100 to $150. The installation should take less than 30 minutes.

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    Single-Pole Switch

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    A skilled electrician can install a single-pole switch in less than 30 minutes. Wire, a switch, a cover plate a box is needed for this installation. To simply change the switch out, we'd treat this like a service call costing $100 to $125. However, if this is a new installation, you be needing a box, wire, switch and a cover, it's likely a $150 to $200 fee.

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    Entire House Wiring

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    Prices for wiring a house will vary from contractor to contractor. There are many variables involved, so this is a general price quote. On average, you have to figure $50 to $75 an opening. That means every switch, outlet, light, etc. times that rate. An average two to three bedroom home of 1,600 square feet would run you roughly $2,500 to $5,000 for a complete installation. Keep in mind everything depends on the number of switches, outlets, wire, circuits, wire cost, etc. For a simple ranch home, this should give you a good idea of the cost associated with electrical installation costs.

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    Garage Wiring Updates

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    In order to get your home's electrical updated, don't forget to update the garage wiring and devices. Due to recent updates in the National Electrical Code, garages now have to have GFCI outlets. This would cover interior and exterior outlets.

    With the addition of GFCI outlets in place of regular outlets, the cost of changing everything out can be costly, depending on the number of outlets your garage has. Be sure to calculate the cost of the GFCI's, the possibility of having to change outlet boxes, and installation costs, you should figure somewhere in the neighborhood of $75 to 125 per opening.