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Old 01-05-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Hello!

I have found a really cheap Fixer Upper, which I am very interested in. It has some fire damage (I can fix most of it myself: Walls. Flooring, Doors, Paint, etc).

Now the problem is, that the electric of the house also was damaged during the fire (melted cables, outlets, I also think the fuse box is defect.)

I am not able to install new electric myself, so I am curious how much it would approximately cost to get entire new electric for the house (it is a TINY, older 2 BR bungalow)

I am going to get an estimate from an electrician, but I would like to know abooout how much to expect before I do that! I have no idea! $500? $1000? $5000?

Thanks already for the answers and help!

Shane

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Where are you located ?

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Consider having an electrician do the panel, then do all the branch circuit wiring yourself.
Are you talking replace every piece of wiring in the house, if so I'd say 5k if I had to pick one of those three numbers.
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Price will vary by your exact location, number of circuits
How much needs to be replaced, outlets, breakers, panel ?
And how much access there is to run wire, crawlspace, basement, slab
Since its being renovated you will most likely have to meet today's code
Your best bet is to get several local estimates
Anything else here is a very rough guesstimate
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I am not able to install new electric myself, so I am curious how much it would approximately cost to get entire new electric for the house (it is a TINY, older 2 BR bungalow)
You sure can do it yourself! If you can learn to do all those other trades well enough to fix up the place, then you can learn to rewire a tiny old house. You can probably do it for under $2000 in materials. Probably WAY under that, but it depends on too many specifics to say without more information.

Get a good DIY wiring book, and a copy of the current electrical code in your jurisdiction. I'd recommend the NEC handbook instead of just the code book, since the added explanation and diagrams are very helpful.

If you are thoroughly gutting the interior, you'll want to do all the wiring while the drywall is removed of course. If your inspector is cooperative, you can replace the main panel first to get power turned on temporarily so you can run lights and tools while you finish the job.
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What is the square footage of the house?
How many floors are finished?
Attic? Basement?

That will help with an estimate. But I am sure you are looking at $10,000 at least.

Most of this work is time consuming, if you decide to do it yourself you will save a lot of money.

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