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Old 07-10-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Hey guys, my Mom has been wanting to change her electrical service from two separate 100A services to a single 200A one.
We got a quote of $1650, seem fair? I think it is, less than I was expecting actually, but wanted to see what you guys thought.

We're also going to opt for some optional stuff, I wanted Square-D 40-space box and QO breakers (electrician was a little mystified by this but said no problem) that will add about $300 to the quoted price. Also getting a whole-house surge supressor for another $288.

That all sound okay?

One thing I forgot to ask him was about the lines from the transformer to the house, we have about 100' of overhead lines. We have two separate lines that fed the two separate meters, so would any of this need to be changed? I know we'll need a new meter but will the lines need to be changed? Will they need to use both or remove one of them?

I think up here that National Grid is responsible for lines up to the house, but I'm not sure.

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It's very hard to say a price is fair or not fair. The best way is to comparison shop. Meaning, get three bids and see who impresses you the most. Money is not the only consideration.
Licensing, warranty and insurance also add value. Make sure each candidate is qualified to bid the job first. I would also ask for references. Good Luck.

Ps......What service type is the most common in your area? SE cable or conduit?

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Sea cheap to me...especially whit the price of those add-ons.
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Ps......What service type is the most common in your area? SE cable or conduit?
I have no idea, lol.

Well, she already scheduled the guy to come and do the work but they have an A rating on Angies List (about 50 or so reviews), plus they're based in my town so they know I can go over there and yell at them in person if need be!
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Let me get this straight...

She has Two meters on separate buildings or the same building? How close?

If the meters are on the same building, 1650 is a pretty fair price in any wiring method. If they are on separate buildings, that is rediculously low.
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Let me get this straight...

She has Two meters on separate buildings or the same building? How close?

If the meters are on the same building, 1650 is a pretty fair price in any wiring method. If they are on separate buildings, that is rediculously low.
One building, they're right next to eachother on the house, one for upstairs, one for downstairs.
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The price does seem low, but I have no idea of his overhead either, and with the job unseen, it could be the easiest service change ever.... I have no idea.
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Thanks for the feedback guys, sounds like it's a more than fair price. I really wasn't worried about whether he'd do a good job or not, the only negatives he's gotten in his reviews was that he's late now and then or missed giving someone a quote, that kind of stuff. I did note that someone else mentioned having their service upgraded to 200A and having one circuit added to the house and they paid $1800 so sounds like ours isn't "too" low as to be suspicious or anything. (fingers crossed anyway, you never do know

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