Cost of wiring 2000 square foot new construction home (200 amp service already installed)
-37 6 LED potlights
-50 amp range
-two kitchen areas
-data wiring for tv/internet
-50 amp welder in garage area
-pressure tank wiring
-50 amp sub panel exterior
-all plugs to code with new arc fault rules
What is the rough cost of this? We have got two estimates and both vary drastically
Anthony, Stony Plain is Alberta and that price is not really a reasonable quote without a lot more info and actually visiting the site or having plans.
Johnathan, I really recommend you get 3 quotes from local licensed Electrical contractors in your area and review their credentials. Meet these people, find out who does the work and ensure you have permits listed for the work and all details. Large ballparks can be offered here, but a proper quote requires more than what you offer for information.
You ask a common and resourceful question! In addition to the advice Robert from ElecTriLight Ltd has given you, we recommend at Kirsch Electric for customers to always request three quotes. This is especially valuable advice for you given the drastic variance there is between the two quotes you already have received.
A third quote will help you determine a baseline for cost. You will have a better understanding of what is a reasonable for this service work in your locality.
Before making a decision, double check that all the quotes are from electrical contracting companies that are local, licensed, insured and with good current customer review. Also, estimates should be in a formal written document that details service and its associated cost.
With comparison of the three estimates, it is likely one of them will likely stand alone in cost; that estimate is typically the one most people will eliminate because it is either over or under priced.
Another tip - don't let cost be the sole factor to base your hiring decision. If two companies offer similar service and you are more impressed with the company that has a marginally higher cost, contact them. Respectfully ask if they might be willing to lower their cost or price match the other estimate.
Either way, if you have difficulty choosing between two companies, weigh how easy it was to communicate with the individuals representing each company. Communication is key for good service and much needed for renovations and builds.
Whatever you do, don't just immediately take the lowest bidder. They are less likely to offer service you will want and/or need. Our company gets called in countless times to finish or repair the electrical work of another contracting company. This in turn costs the customer more financially and emotionally in the bigger scheme of things.
You're on a good track to making an informed decision - just get that third quote!
Your house might only be 2000 square feet, but sounds like to have two units if you want two kitchens.
The kitchen is the most expensive part of the house to wire, so right there you will have a higher than average cost. Another factor is 37 pot lights. Even if you said a $100 per pot light (labour, material and taxes) you are at $3700 just for them...
Add in your speciality items, could easily be another $3k...
I don't think $15k would be unreasonable without looking at a blueprint and see the type of construction, etc.
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Electrical costing for your a house size similar to yours in the Greater Vancouver would be anywhere from $22k - $28k. ($11-$14/sqft).
Be sure to specify the exact model of pot lights, sub panel, receptacles, and switches to your electrical contractor (or have them specify it to you). Chances are the cheaper price may have included for cheaper products.
A lighting, receptacle, and switch plan at the design stage is always a good idea.
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