Updating the electrical in a house

We constantly hear from new homeowners and prospective buyers that electrical upgrades might be needed for a decades- or century-old apartment or townhouse, but “electrical work” is one of those vague terms that can mean anything from installing a light fixture to replacing a building’s internal wiring.

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Read on for nitty gritty budget basics of electrical work and potential costs!

Contractors will first look at the electrical panel (or “box”) in order to determine circuit load capacity — in other words, what can the existing framework currently handle?

The cost in terms of fittings can be broken down into different sections some of which will only apply if you have a new house and others only if you are having the wiring replaced.

If you are having a new house built you will probably need to have it connected to the grid - unless you plan on working off a generator.