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How Much Does It Cost to Rewire a House?

Posted on: July 14, 2015

Modern demands for electricity often exceed what the original builders of your home envisioned. It’s not unusual for older rooms, even kitchens, to have just one or two electric outlets, but that can put an unsafe strain on your wiring system.

In addition, older homes (those 50 years or older) may have outdated aluminum and/or knob and tube wiring. If you frequently trip the circuit breakers in your home and/or notice discoloring around the outlets, this could be a sign that your wiring needs to be replaced. Old wiring is nothing to ignore. More than 26,000 residential fires are caused by electrical system failures each year.

Determining the Cost to Rewire a House

If you suspect the wiring in your home may need updating, you are likely wondering about the cost to rewire a house. According to Angie’s List, the average cost of rewiring a 1,500 to 3,000-square foot home ranges from $8,000 to $15,000. The good news is that this is a one-time expense. Unlike replacing your roof or heating system, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll need to replace the wiring again for as long as you live in the house.

There are many factors that contribute to the cost to rewire a home in the Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC areas. They include:

  • Materials. The cost of materials accounts for more than half of the cost of rewiring a house, making it less expensive for smaller homes than larger ones.
  • Local building regulations. While all cities and municipalities require electrical building permits before an electrician can begin work on a wiring system, some counties are more expensive and have greater requirements for approval.
  • Labor. Rewiring is probably the most time-intensive electrical project there is, and it’s too dangerous and complex to tackle yourself. If the electrician has to add new receptacles or fish wire in through plaster and lath walls, for example, the labor costs will be significantly higher than if the existing infrastructure can be used.

Kolb Electric Offers Cost-Effective House Rewiring in MD, VA & DC

At Kolb Electric, we understand that the cost to rewire a house can be substantial. That’s why we take the time to answer all of your questions and address your concerns before we ever start work on the project. We’ve been helping Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC area homeowners with their electrical needs for more than 20 years, and our team of licensed electricians are some of the best and well-trained in the region.

To learn more about rewiring your home and/or to schedule an appointment in the DC area, call us at 877 287-1179.

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