I have a house with a double-garage that I want to change to a small suite. Currently it's where the electrical panel is for the house (see pic - red circle in garage is where it is now).
How expensive would it be to move it from there, to the room adjacent to the garage, a distance of about 20 to 25 feet (red circle in office area)?
Also, would I want to have a small panel in that spot for the suite?
Finally - is it better and more cost effective to do this panel move prior to doing the suite (and all the related electrical work), or have it all done at once?
Where to move it to - I just suggest that office area - if there's a better spot for electrical for purposes of moving it, I'm all ears . . .
I can't imagine any situation where this would be cost effective short of a redesign of the garage space.
The issue is not so much moving the panel, but as I suspect this is where all the circuits from your house come from / to; so every single cable will need to be extended or pulled back to the new location. You might be able to get away with a new main switch at the location or you might have to run new conduit from the meter socket to the new panel location.
Moving it 2, 20 or 200 feet really makes no difference, every single cable will need to be reworked in some form or another. In the end, you all will have done is spend a bunch of money and you will have nothing better than what you have now.
If I was your electrician, I would likely be recommending a redesign of the garage space to make the panel a common / mechanical room. If you absolutely want to move it, then be prepared for a big estimate.
John Kuehnl-Cadwell, CD, ME
Datawise Solutions Inc
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