Re: Getting my house re-wired, any idea?
Originally Posted by supergoob
There are far, far too many variables for anyone to be able to even estimate the number of electrician labor hours required to accomplish your goals based on any description you can provide on an 0nline forum. Even though your house was built in 1924, "typical" construction methods varied from region to region and from builder to builder. This will dictate where and how wires can be installed. The method of construction is much more standard nowadays, making estimating much easier.
Then you have to consider the skill of your electrician. Some will be able to do it quickly, others may take a long time. Some will use minimally invasive techniques; others will destructively blow massive holes in your walls. You may need to hire additional contractors to repair collateral damage: walls that need to be patched; trim that needs to be repaired or reinstalled.
Your best bet is to contact at least three electricians for estimates. Contact long-established builders in your area to find who they recommend. Contact electrical supply houses -- the electricians that pay their bills promptly often provide better service for their customers. Remember that the lowest bid may not be the best deal, and the highest bid may not be the best deal either. Sometimes the high bid is the best deal because the contractor understands and anticipates difficulty where another contractor would have a change order that ends up costing more. Always make sure the contractor understands the full scope of work, and do your best to communicate exactly what you want to prevent hard feelings later.
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.