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Question DetailsAsked on 12/10/2013

What does it cost to move bathroom vanity light mounted on wall?

The light in bathroom is centered on wall, but I want to move it over about 16 inches so that it is centered over the vanity. It would mean cutting new hole in drywall and moving wiring and box over to new location.

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Electrician cost for the new wiring probably about $100-175.

Also means having to patch and paint the hole in the wall (unless you just put a blank outlet plate over it and maybe hang some artistic item to cover the cover plate) - which unless you can do it yourself is likely to run $150-200 even for such a tiny job, because it takes a drywaller to patch it, then a painter to sand and prime, then come back another day or two to paint one or two coats - and might require repainting entire wall or bathroom to match. If you find a painter who does drywall repairs then a little cheaper, but not lots.

My personal opinion - a LOT of $ for a minor aesthetic mod like that.

One thought - if you are up for two lights how about buying a pair of new fixtures, put on where it is now, and a second centered on the vanity - or one very long makeup table type multi-bulb fixture that will span the entire distance, covering the old hole as well as the new mounting location. Either one probably a lot cheaper than the first option.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I think LCD may be underpricing this one. An electrician is going to have a minimum charge of $100-200 (I rarely see $100 minimums anymore), plus parts. If the wiring can not be pulled over 16" due to length constraints or holes have to be added to pull the wire out of the wall and reroute it you are looking at more money to the electrician. Then more money to the drywall and paint contractor(s) for the extra repairs. Do you have paint to match the existing? If not add that cost and plan on repainting the wall, at least, but best to repaint the room since it is a Bathroom. If no new wiring has to be run a general contractor or handyman might be able to do the job cheaper but you will assume the risk of any faulty wiring in the process. On the low end I'd estimate $500 but it can easily be up closer to $1000 depending on what has to be done to make it work safely. I highly doubt there is enough extra wire in the wall to move it over 16" without rerouting the existing wire or running new wire from the switch to the new fixture.

My suggestion is to call a local electrician or GC to look at it and give their opinion. Of course, they won't know the wiring situation until they get into it. At that point, you're committed, no matter the cost. Also remember that junction boxes must be accessible if the person you hire tries to cheap out and add one. Don't let them hide a junction in the wall.

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services


I see Todd's point - I was assuming turning the existing box into a junction box, opening the hole in the wall for the new box and using a right-angle drill to drill through the stud to the old box, installing a blind push-in or self-tapping threaded romex connector in the box, then running a couple of feet of new wire through the stud to the new location from the old box, into a new retrofit box at the new location - so I was not counting on moving the wires over, just running a new lead to the new box. Granted, in some areas having a concealed junction box like this is not legal. Hence, as Todd said, at least minimum site visit charge - which he is right, keeps going up. In our high labor cost area just in the past 2 years plumber and electrician and appliance repairman minimum charges have gone up about $20-25.

Todd is right about the painting also - the $150-200 for drywall repair and painting I mentioned was for repair and touchup paint - a whole bathroom repaint would be another hundred or even two depending on complexity, amount of wall-mounted stuff to be worked around, etc. That is why I recommended a light fixture that could cover both boxes (which would likely eliminate the need for a new box at all - just wire at the end o the back of a long vanity lighting fixture), or putting a plain "blank" cover on the original box and then cover that with some decorative plaque, artsy shelf, a second light fixture to make it a pair, or whatever - could save yourself hundreds for what is essentially a purely aesthetic change.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


I would estimate between $100 and $150 as it would not be that complicated to run some new wire and put in a new junction box. Probably about 30-60 minutes of work. I would guess that unless you have a lot of money or have no ability to do handy work that you could patch the drywall yourself and paint.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_994687543


Gentlemen ,

ALL have forgotten ONE particular item !


Depending on the locale the work is being performed , Some localities WILL require Permits and inspections to pull ANY New wiring , especially those localities that are strapped for cash . While the circuit does exist , and new wiring is added merely to extend the circuit ,

failure to secure any needed permits can be detrimental to the cause .SHOULD the case end up in a court of law for whatever reason, Some Courts , will negate any charge the electrician or contractor imposes , IF , a permit is NOT obtained !

This means ,quite simply ,Should a permit NOT be obtained and inspections fail to ocurr ,The electrician or contractor MUST Repay the client ALL Monies paid by the Client , as said contractors failed in their duties to perform according to the prescribed codes set forth for their trades and said responsibilities that accompany those codes .

Permits can cause anywhere from $ 50.00 to $ 200.00 to be added to the Job Costs !

Answered 6 years ago by BentheBuilder

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