How much does it cost to rewire a house?

There can be a substantial cost to rewire a house. It is important to recognize when your home requires rewiring and how much it will cost to have a electrician rewire your home.

Rewiring cost can vary with the age, size and accessibility of a home. To address the cost of rewiring a home you will need to know the size of home you are rewiring. Typically a 1500 sq ft home will cost around $9,000.00 to rewire. A larger home of 3000 sq ft would cost approximately $16,000 or more to completely rewire.

Cost of rewiring a home

What can make rewiring a house more difficult?

A large factor that effects the rewiring cost is how easy the job will be for the electrician to replace the old wiring. For example, a house with drywall removed will be significantly easier to rewire than a home with all the walls still intact.

You can also assume a home with 8′ foot ceilings will be easier to rewire then a home with 10′ foot ceilings. Knowing some of these quirks will help you understand the pricing structure of a home rewiring estimate.

How long does it take to rewire a home?

It can take anywhere between 3 to 10 days to rewire a typical home. A larger home or older home with more issues may require more time to complete.

Does your home have any special features?

A home with a unique high ceiling or curved staircase may require additional or special equipment to access the wiring for a hard to reach light fixture. A electric lift platform or scaffolding might be necessary for high, hard to reach light fixtures. Additional caution will need to be exercised on expensive flooring that can be easily be damaged. A example would be preparing the work area to prevent scratched hardwood floors or cracking floor titles.

Expensive home appliances that need to be electrically wired

Homes with high end appliances may require additional time and expense to wire or rewire. For example a home with a geothermal furnace will require more time to wire then a typical gas furnace. This is because many Geothermal furnace systems have loop pumps, hot water tanks, auxiliary electric heat and additional electrical controls.

How do you know if your house requires rewiring?

If you have an older home or have recently experienced some issues that may have compromised the electrical wiring then you might need to rewire your home. Its possible that the rewiring might be isolated to a specific floor or room. It is important to discuss any of the electrical issues you have been with your electrician so he/she can better understand your situation and prepare the best solution to meet your needs.

Typical reasons for rewiring or repairing your homes electrical system

  • Animal or rodent infestation chewing at the wiring.
  • Fire or flood damage
  • Flickering or dimming lights
  • Frequently burning out light bulbs
  • Dis-coloration around wall plates, electrical sockets and light bulb sockets
  • Burnt smell, melted wiring or buzzing, sizzling sounds
  • Electrical sparking when plugging into an outlet or arcing when toggling a light switch
  • Electrical shocks when plugging in a cord or appliance
  • Constantly tripping breakers or blowing fuses
  • Addition of new appliances or equipment
  • Upgrading from aluminum or knob and tube wiring
  • Wind damage to outside overhead mast service
  • Electrical surge from lighting storm
  • New addition or renovation
  • Electrical panel replacement
  • Adding safety features by modernizing your existing electrical system with CAFCI and GFCI breakers and outlets
  • Over amped electrical panel without enough spare circuits
  • Meter base replacement
  • Relocating kitchen appliances
  • Fixing diy or handyman mistakes
  • Missing bond wiring from device outlets

Final message

It is not always easy to determine by yourself whether or not you need your home rewired. Hopefully after reading this article you will have a better understanding at what may need a minor repair or require a complete rewiring. If you have any questions or would like an estimate please contact us via our contact form or give us a call.