I am having an 1880's house re-wired. The walls are all plaster...but in excellent condition. Is it less expensive to have it wired without damaging the plaster extensively or are we better off to gut the house? We also need to put in ceiling fixtures.
Well, what have you got now? Knob-and-tube? You won't really be able to insulate with K&T without running into insurance problems, so best have a close look at what you need to do first.
Whole house rewiring is certainly do-able (with lots of cash), especially in an older home so most people do it in stages, one or two rooms at a time starting at the entrance panel. What service amperage do you have now?
One way or the other, an electrician might be forced to improve systems he's working on if you've asked for it or not; he's bound to. So you'll probably need more opinions and evaluations than most on things like this. What did the house inspection report tell you?
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