Re: Cost to rewire a 200 yr old home
I think there are too many variables to even give a ballpark estimate here. You'd be best served to ask your friends and neighbors to recommend some licensed electricians, then get at least three estimates. Make sure the electrician understands EVERYTHING you want to do, and that you get a detailed proposal. A project scoped as "rewire house" is so extremely vague you will be hit with umpteen change orders when throughout the project you find that your interpretation of "rewire house" is different from the electrician's.
With that age of house, the style of construction could make rewiring easy or it could make it very difficult. The skill of the electrician will play a big part in his or her ability to route wiring efficiently, well-concealed, and with a minimum of damage.
Also to consider are your plans & dreams for the house to accommodate future needs. Electrical wiring is more than lights and outlets nowadays; you may also wish to install network, video, security, or home theater wiring which adds to the cost of the project (but may be cheaper to do now than later).
As for lighting, a fluorescent strip light installs the same way as a bare-bulb porcelain "keyless" fixture, but many of the new LED lighting options may require completely different methods of installation.
All stuff to consider in your project. Those who don't plan ahead get left behind.
Last edited by Fencepost; 03-02-2012 at 08:15 PM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.