What will it cost to rewire my entire house?
The cost to rewire an entire house can vary widely. The factors that will determine the cost include:
- The number of circuits to be run.
- The condition of the existing wires.
- The condition of the existing fixtures.
- The type of material your walls are made of. Are they sheet rock, lathe and plaster, drywall? What is the access in your house to run the new wires?
- Is there an attic? If so how large is it? Is if filled with insulation or stored items that will need to be moved?
- Is there a craw space below your house?
- How large is the house?
- Is it one story or two?
- Is the existing wire in conduit?
- Do you want all of the wires fished through the walls with minimal damage to the walls or are you remodeling and the walls will be open already?
There are too many factors for any electrician to be able to give an estimate without a thorough on site evaluation. If you are looking for ballpark figures; a typical whole house rewire can range in price from around $10,000 to $100,000. The good news is that most houses do not require an entire rewire. Most homes will benefit greatly from simply adding more circuits, upgrading the electrical panel and replacing the switches and plugs.
How do I know if I should rewire my house?
The only way to know for sure is to have your electrical system examined by a licensed electrical contractor. Often even in older homes the wires are in good condition and don’t need to be replaced. If they are encased in crumbling insulation that is often a sign that you may need to consider rewiring. This can often be accomplished in stages.
Does rewiring my home mean making many holes in our walls?
Not necessarily! There are many tricks to fish wires through walls with only minimal damage such as small 1 inch diameter holes. An electrical contractor experiences with older homes will have special tools and techniques to fish wires through the walls without making large holes or causing a lot of damage to your walls.