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How much will it cost for electrical work in my bathroom? The Key Cost Factors for Bathroom Remodel Electrical Wiring.

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Electrical Question: How much does it cost me for the electrical work done in my bathroom?

This electrical wiring question came from: Rachel, a Homeowner from Portland, Oregon.

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Thanks for your Electrical Wiring Question Rachel.

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The Key Cost Factors for Bathroom Remodel Electrical Wiring

Rachael, the key factors that will affect how much it will cost to install electrical wiring for a bathroom remodel project are base on a number of things, including: Home structure type and available access for installing the required electrical wiring. With most remodel projects that require electrical wiring, labor is typically the major cost. The amount of labor that will be required to install the electrical wiring and devices will be directly affected by the amount of access or lack of access to perform and install the necessary electrical wiring. Preexisting conditions that apply to the home remodel project will need to be identified and dealt with as well in order to make the electrical wiring safe and up to the current building codes.

Labor and Material Charges for Remodel Electrical Wiring
The more access there is the faster the work may be performed. If the electrician will be required to climb into the attic, crawl under the house and fish new electrical wiring into existing walls that are finished off with sheet rock or other wall coverings then the time that it will take to do the job will be greatly affected. Depending on the extent of the remodel project, it may be beneficial to remove same wall coverings which will allow full access to the walls where it may be required to install electrical wiring and perhaps new or additional plumbing.

The complete individual project should be carefully examined by an experienced licensed general contractor who is fully aware of the challenges of home remodeling and what will be required in order to produce what the homeowner desires. To summarize this question I will state that each remodel project has its own variables and factors which must be identified before an accurate cost estimate can be produced, and these factors will then be relative to the equipment and devices that are required or desired, all of which must be installed according to a permitted plan which will require approvals and inspections by the local building authority.

The Danger of Unqualified Workers
A seasoned contractor is well aware of the worn out comment “it will only take you a few minutes” which most likely comes from a person who has no idea about what is truly involved to do the job, when in reality a can of worms may be discovered due to previous unscrupulous projects which may have been installed by unqualified individuals which will require corrections.

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