We are about to embark on a room addition. One 'hidden cost' item that we
need to have done is update our electric service from 100 amp with one main
and one sub-panel to a single 200 amp service. The contractor has quoted a
price of around $2000 to handle this. Does this sound reasonable for the
Central Ohio area?
My recent upgrade cost less than half that price. You should always get 3
estimates, and even though I shouldn't have to say this: don't tell the
contractors what the other contractors bid was. My neighbor did that. She
didn't quite understand the concept.
Not in ohio, but my advice will apply anywhere, get another estimate,
if it's more than 10% difference, get more. Always check with the BBB
for any complaints, and ask for references.
Now in in Pa, I heard one electrician installing a 200 amp circuit for
less than a grand. But then your situation will depend on location,
time, and number of circuits that need transfering.
being an electrician, I would consider this to be a fair price only because
you mentioned a 100 amp and a sub panel. True, installing a panel would
typically be in the 1000-1300 range. However you said you were combining 2
panels into 1. Alot more work involved! My opinion is not a bad price but
again.....get at least 3 estimates and make sure they show you proof of
insurance!!!! Bonded even better!!!
I live in Texas in an area where an owner can do his own upgrade. I
upgraded a cabin I own from 60 amps to 200 amps....
I installed a new Main panel and hookup, and breakered off to the
existing 60 amp panel, which became a sub-panel. Not too much work
in doing that, and upgradeable at any time in the future.....
The panel from Home Depot is about $150
The pipe, big wire, meter box, ground, and head is about $70
Breakers run around $50 total.
The rest, using the existing wiring for the cabin was mainly a lot of
labor, putting stuff together, mounting it according to Elec Company
So, I would think that under $1000 would be reasonable since a good
electrician can do it in under a day...
However, if you are having him wire your new addition, pull a permit,
have it inspected, in addition to the above work, he will have to make
several trips out. I don't think $2000 is too high for that, but
that's just an opinion......
So, like others have said, get several blind estimates.... Make sure
that the work gets inspected. And make sure the electrician uses a
panel like Square D so the breakers will be cheap and readily
It ain't rocket science, but it does take a bunch of labor and
Andy in Texas, (P.E.)
What are you saying about "bonded even better"? A bond is a very
special type of insurance. It protects a particular beneficiary for a
particular purpose. If you are suggesting that customers require a
performance bond you should also tell them that the cost of a
performance bond is always added to the cost of the job. Bonds are very
rare on residential projects because of their cost. A certificate of
insurance is all I have ever needed because most people won't pay to
have a job bonded.
Three years ago, I had 100 A old main panel replaced with 150 A Siemens
panel and service. Electrician didn't change any wires, only re-hooked
up old circuits to new brakers. He spent overall 5 hours doing this. I
paid $1200. I live in NYC metro area. Since then I myself re-wired
almost entire house added more then a dozen new circuits installed
basement workshop 50 A subpanel.
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