I just got my first call for a house to wire. It's a remodel with bare studs and ceiling, just like a new home. I dont really know how to price it. The house is 1648 sq ft. It needs a new service too (200 amp). The we aggreed on 3500, but above and beyond that it includes 6 phone outlets, 3 recessed cans, 6 dimmers ( 3 that are 3 ways), and 2 outside lights. I think it will take a day to rough and a day to trim. I starting to think twice about this price. I was hoping to get some feedback on this.
Hello Sid, I'm in Alpharetta. We would be probably $6000 - $7000 or more for that house. We also probably would not get the job, but we would lose money at your price. Are you supply materials? How many people do you have helping you? If you're doing the work yourself and don't have any overhead, you won't lose money, but you'll barely make wages. Also keep in mind that old wood is very hard to drill.
My input may be skewed a little because I haven't seen the house and we mainly work on heavily wired custom jobs. If this is minimaly wired, you may be OK. Email me if you like, I'll be glad to give you any help I can. Also, if you want some sub work, I could talk to you about that too.
Re: first house to wire#155613 01/18/0509:00 PM01/18/0509:00 PM
I remeber my first house. It was sort of intimidating. I have always itemized each of the outlets (that's lights too) and I apply a standard cost to them. If they're atypical they get special consideration. Subtract the standard stuff from the job and what's left you can break down into hours and materials.
There's no mention of the kitchen. There's a lot of cost in there.
I agree you're to low.
Sam, San Francisco Bay Area
Re: first house to wire#155614 01/18/0510:51 PM01/18/0510:51 PM
sid, here in Pa, I use $4.25 sq/ft as a start. That's for the basics. No High hats, no dimmers, nothing special. That includes the service, switches and receps and light boxes in all rooms. From there I go up.
telephone= 55 each cable= 55 each High hats= 75 each, standard 6" white and so on and so on....
The extras is where you make your most money.
(one more thing, customer will supply all fixtures)
[This message has been edited by Dnkldorf (edited 01-19-2005).]