Looking for a rough price on electrical work

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Posted by: from Kitchener
12/6/2017 at 10:31:31 AM

Looking to get some electrical work done in a small basement. Would be looking at 8-9 outlets, 3 ceiling light rough-ins and wiring for 2 new 15 amp breakers.

Basement is not finished (so no drywall) and electrical panel is in the basement.

Wondering how much should I expect to pay for that?


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Date/Time12/6/2017 at 12:32:44 PM

Hi Craig, You never mentioned anything about a switch for the 3 light outlets. If this room is for general use such as a rec room then the cost for 9 tamper resistant duplex receptacles, 1 light switch, 3 - outlet boxes for light fixtures, 1 - 1 pole breaker, 1 - 15 amp arc fault circuit breaker would be around $1,250.00 This price also includes 2 ESA inspections & a Certificate of Inspection upon completion. This price is also contingent on the basis that your exiting breaker panel will allow for the installation of the above mentioned breakers.

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Date/Time12/6/2017 at 12:47:18 PM

Hi Craig, proper spacing is required for code compliance when it comes to receptacle spacing so your 8-9 count may or may not be accurate. You will also need to take into consideration switch points, 3 way switching, smoke detectors. The circuits will need to be AFCI protected (does your panel support AFCI breakers?) This work will require an ESA permit for inspection.

The best thing to do is search for a few local electrical contractors to visit your home to give you an estimate.

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Robert from ElecTriLight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time12/6/2017 at 12:49:35 PM

Hello Craig,

You did not mention what these outlets may be used for. Items like heavy appliances, vacuum, general purpose, etc may required dedicated lines or GFCI protection. Are they contained within bedrooms, hallways, kitchenette, Fridge, etc? Have you anticipated any smoke detector relocations or additions? You did not mention anything about 3 way switching for the stairs as this is mandatory to install if you are finishing a basement. Are you closing the area for you furnace? If so, the power switch may be required to be moved as well.

Many things must be required to ensure that the installation is code compliant and old wiring is brought up to par as well. Old junction boxes and mislaid wiring must be dealt with too.

I don't post pricing for jobs like this on this forum, but please feel free to contact me directly at to book a visit and an accurate quote.

For your own safety, you need to be aware that only Licensed Electrical Contractors are allowed to do electrical work.

ESA permits MUST be obtained with inspections carried out. If anyone tells you otherwise they are working illegally. Check their ESA number and license information.

Some info for you:

Kind regards,

Robert McKinnon (Master Electrician/Owner)

Electrilight Ltd.

ESA #7008851

Oakville ON 289 259 8751 - Mobile/Text

(Please retain previous correspondance to email)

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Date/Time12/10/2017 at 10:57:09 AM

Hi Craig

The previous guys are right, you need to have someone go with you over the project and consider both the requirements and the future needs for an accurate estimate.

Use the link that Robert posted and get at least three LECs to provide you an estimate for the work. Doing the basic work will be relatively straight forward, it is the other things such as eliminating junction boxes if you are closing in the ceiling, adding smoke detectors, perhaps requiring a panel upgrade for service change, etc.

Also if you are going to close in the basement, take a long look at those requirements that you may need in the space immediately above as once it is closed in, it will be costly to make changes after the fact several years down the road.

John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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