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Question DetailsAsked on 9/13/2013

how much does it cost to rewire a 3 bedroom 2 bath home in Tarrant County Texas

brick one-story 3 bed/2 bath ranch. original house 1600 sq ft with add on room bringing total to 2130 (approx). also supports equipment for inground pool.

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I would probably estimate about $10,000 off the top of my head for a full rewire with the drywall patches. I don't know what permit fees are like in the Ft. Worth area so you could be higher or lower than we are here in San Antonio. The best way to estimate the cost is to have a few MASTER electricians make recommendations and bid the job. Make sure you verify the license of the person you hire with the TDLR before signing a contract. There are a lot of journeymen out there claiming to be masters.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services


You don't say why you are rewiring - is it old knob and tube or cloth-insulated wire, or whole-house aluminum wiring ?

IF you have an open basement/crawl space with exposed floor joists AND exposed joist attic, the cost can potentially be as low as $3-5,000 if it was originally wired from down there, because almost all the wiring is open runs, the ceiling fixtures are exposed in the attic, and the old wires can be used to pull the new ones to boxes and such, so almost no wall opening up is needed, which eliminates most or all the rehab cost that having to open up walls and ceilings takes up. A two man crew can do that setup in a few days. I even did one 4000 SF ranch with open crawlspace and attic joists that required ZERO opening up of walls and ceilings - it could all easily be done with pull wires, though granted it was a house with no insulation to get in the way.

Otherwise, I would say the $10,000 range Todd gave is probably a good target to compare to quotes from contractors.

This is the type of job where bids are likely to be scattered all over the place, so I would go for 3 VIABLE bids - after throwing out the wild ones from people who have no idea what it takes, or from those who don't really want a rehab job. Don't forget to include to-code fixture wiring - for instance, if it originally had no ground, install a ground connection now, and if you have the old composition or bakelite boxes have them replaced with modern boxes.

Depending on what your service capacity is, and considering you will be putting in new breaker box with AFCI/GFCI breakers, this would be a cheap time to upgrade your overall service from 60 or 100 Amp to 200, 250, or 300 Amp, which are the current norm for service capacity. Most new houses are built to 200A, and ones with full electronic remote control, hot tub, electric water heating or furnace or a high-amperage outlet in the garage for welder or air compressor now commonly install 250 or 300A services.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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