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Question DetailsAsked on 4/9/2013

cost of getting house up to code for electrical

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This is sort of a wide-open question. If you mean bringing a house up to address health and safety issues for a home sale, for instance, that generally involves replacement of any broken or defective switches or outlets, and installation of GFCI breakers in the distribution panel or in applicable outlets for all garage, bathroom, kitchen, and outdoor outlets - might run $500-100 as a ballpark estimate assuming you have three-wire wiring already in the house [post 1961 to 1968 construction roughly, depending on state]. Cost would be additional if there are too many circuits running into the panel or it is wired wrong, so it is overloaded - that could easily triple the cost to upgrade panel capacity.

If you do not have a specified fire and carbon monoxide alarms, they would be required too - $100 to $500 probably, depending on whether your electrical/fire code requires hardwired and interconnected alarms, or allows battery operated ones.

Other than the GFCI and alarms issue, bringing the entire house up to current code is generally only required during a remodel, and if the remodel is considered less than a 50% remodel, then only for the areas being modified or moved have to be brought up to current code. For a complete remodel, then complete rewiring and panel upgrades might be required by the electrical inspector, and can easily run $10000 or more.

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