How Much Does it Cost to Install an Electrical Outlet?
Having electrical work done in your home is perhaps the most complex upgrade. Generally mandated by law to be performed by a licensed professional, the hiring of a skilled contractor can seriously increase costs. Other factors to consider include building codes and the ability to tie into existing electricity as well as the purpose of the outlet being installed. All of these factors can greatly affect the costs of installing an electrical outlet.
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The location of the electrical outlet being installed is very important when budgeting a project of this type. In instances of additions that have no wiring, the ability to tie into existing electricity will greatly impact the cost. If a simple outlet is needed and there is sufficient access to an electrical box that already exists, labor costs will reduce dramatically. However, this is not always the case. There also must be sufficient power for the intended purpose of the outlet.
There are certain cases where a brand new breaker must be installed, and the appropriate wires run. Larger appliances like washers, driers, dishwashers or refrigerators very often require higher-voltage outlets. If higher voltage wire, which is made of expensive metals, must be purchased as well as a higher capacity outlet, these upgrades can increase material costs drastically. The necessity to run all these new wires is also sure to drive up labor costs.
If there is existing electricity to tie into, being flexible with the placement of your outlet can dramatically cut costs. Placing an outlet closer to the source of electricity can result in less material and decreased labor costs. It is imperative to hire a licensed professional to do any electrical work on your home. In addition to being properly insured, a licensed electrician is legally the only person other than yourself allowed to work on the electricity, and for good reason. As well as knowing the proper building codes, they have an advanced understanding of circuitry that will expedite the job and ensure it is done properly.
Generally, the largest cost associated with installing an electrical outlet in your home is the skilled labor necessary to complete the job. Depending on the complexity, the job can range from $100 dollars to $800 dollars, with the average cost around $350.
Last updated on May 19, 2016
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