Electrician costs - need help understanding
My husband and I are renovating a 1939 house that was a rental unit for decades. One of the interesting features of this nearly unaltered 73 year old house was the lack of electrical outlets. Most rooms only had one.
We recently had two electricians come give us estimates to add outlets and some new light fixtures. Both electricians were highly recommended by friends and both said that they would only do the work on an hourly basis. Both said that the work would probably only take a day. One asked $75/hour and the other asked $65/hour.
No mention was made about the cost of materials, which my husband and I thought were fairly small because we were needed the outlets and wire. We even bought the face plates ourselves.
The work actually took almost two full days which was fine and we did not quibble with the gross underestimate of time. We were expecting a bill for around $1000-$1200. We just received a bill for $2400. The bill does not itemize materials.
Can anyone help me understand how the electrical materials are more than the cost of the labor?
-8 regular, inside outlets
-3 outside outlets
-4 boxes for one new light and three smoke detectors. (we bought and installed the light and smoke detectors)
-enough wiring for all that in a 1400 sq ft, 2 story and a basement house.
Thank you for helping.