How old is your home? If you’re not the original owner (which for most people is probably the case) you may not know. Depending on your purchase date, it may be a good idea to get your home wiring inspected to see if it needs a rewire. Home rewires are required to keep your home up to current code specifications, and more importantly the replacement of old potentially faulty wire and panels can prevent shorts that can cause fires, burn houses down which can ruin lives (and no we’re not being dramatic here). Luckily, full home rewires are usually a once in a generation job, so let’s get into the details below.
The cost of a full home rewire is all over the board. Small homes around 800 square feet COULD cost as little as $4,800, however larger homes such as a 3000 square footer could be as high as $30k. This comes down to the cost per square foot ranging anywhere from $5 to $10 depending on the complexity of the home and the size. Compared to a new construction where electricians would run wire through the walls and come back later, the rewire process requires removing the old wiring and then installing the new wire and yarding it back through the pre-existing studs. Without an inspection by a licensed electrician it will be difficult to determine what you need and the cost. You may not even need to rewire your entire home! As a general rule of thumb for 2021 Angi.com (formly Angies List) breaks down the general budget per square foot prices below.
How Much Rewiring Can I Get on My Budget?
In some cases, you’ll only need to rewire a part of your house, making costs lower. The cost could also increase based on how difficult it is to reach the existing wire. If you’re remodeling and there is direct access to the walls, the price will be less.
Below, we’ve broken down the estimated budget to rewire certain size homes. These average prices will cover materials and labor including circuit panels, wiring, outlets, switches, and hole patches. It will not include fixtures and keep in mind that again, your costs can vary based on your specific situation.
With a budget of $8,000, you’re in the range to rewire a 1,300-square-foot house.
This budget will allow you to rewire a 1,600-square-foot house.
If you have a 2,000-square-foot house, you can expect to pay around this price.
With a budget of $20,000, you’re in the range to rewire a 2,500-square-foot house.
You can give us a call here at Phase NW a call and we can point you in the right direction.