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Question DetailsAsked on 1/19/2018

Electrician costs: We are doing an addition to our old house. The electrician has quoted for additional work.

Is this a fair price? here is the list:
- Outside patio: 8 recesses lights and 2 fan lights (6 switches and dimmers )
- 4 receptacles outside on the covered patio area
- relocate 8 outlets in the house due to construction
- fish coaxial cable through the attic to 2 new room additions in second floor, and 2 current rooms on first floor.
- Wall mount bedroom tv with coaxial cable and install wireless hdmi system (this would have to be put in chimney wall cavity, behind the bedroom)
- add 30 amp circuit for future hot tub installation

There may be a couple of other outlets fixtures that I have asked, but overall if the estimate reasonable?
It was initially $4350, then I took out the 30 amp cable option, and he also reduced the cost to work with me. So now we are at $3300 (no jacuzzi cable, less outlets).

Should I get the work done now, while the walls and roof above patio are open? The electrician is already doing all the work for the new additions. This is considered extra.

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Proper way to figure out if this is a fair price is either having your architect on the remodel run a cost estimate for the work, or get competing bids from other electricians.

Assuming this is a subcontractor, you could also ask your general contractor to get a second bid for the additional work - though I would question why these items were not in the original scope of work ?

My off-the-cuff gut feeling, assuming that except for the "fishing" portions that is would be done in exposed walls (opened up for the remodel/expansion), is that it is in the few thousand $ range but maybe not $4350 for the original scope - but at least does not sound wildely out of range to me. But so much depends on whether he is having to expand the breaker panel (or add a secondary one) for those newloads, distances run, how much is actually readily accessible (opened up walls or accessible through attic or unfinished basement or crawlspace, for instance), etc.

Certainly, especially since doing it after the fact is going to involve opening up finished walls and maybe ceilings, with associated costs of refinishing the surfaces and repainting and such, not to mention new plaster dust and such from the access work, plus just the plain added cost of having to open up surfaces to do the installation, doing it now is certainly going to be probably on the rough order of half or less the total cost of doing it after the additions are done. At least 25% difference at a minimum even if all locations would be accessible from attic or open from underneath.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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