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Question DetailsAsked on 11/8/2014

What is the estimated cost to relocate an outside meter and disconnect?

We are remodeling a kitchen and would like to install a window over the sink but the outside electric meter and disconnect box happen to be right in the way. Just curious what an average cost would be to relocate the meter and disconnect box approximately 6-10 feet away from the new window opening.

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Your architect or general contractor is probably the best person to tell you about what it will cost for your specific circumstances.

Depends on whether you have overhead lines and weatherhead/mast to move, if you have underground power feed if you are moving towards or away from the buried cable source, and difficulty in running the power feed from the new location ot the distribution/ breaker box. In best case, meaning no access issues and you are moving the box toward the incoming cable (so they will trim off some cable, not have to splice on more) I would say around $500 probably. In more difficult circumstances, more like $750-1000 probably.

Also- if you are in an area where the meter base and mast/incoming feed cable are owned and maintained by the utility and union rules have driven crew cost way up (I have seen union mandated crews as large as 7 people for this type of job), it could end up being a couple thousand dollars - so check on who has to move what up front. If the incoming feed cable is buried under a deck or similar difficult access issue, that can easily drive the cost up by quite a few hundred $ too, by the time you tear out some deck to trench - or move the feed trench and put in new underground cable around the deck.

One other thing- if meter base is being moved then in most code areas it cannot be reinstalled unless up to current, not original code, so if very old and the utility does not provide it for free, you can be talking an added $500 range for new meter base and disconnect/ master breaker and box, depending on what is now required in your area.

Get several electrician bids, and make sure all permits and approvals and inspection costs AND all utility company relocation and approval charges are included in all, so you are talking apples to apples.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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