Cost to Rewire?

tbromsMarch 20, 2010

Would someone please be able to give me a very rough ballpark figure for completely rewiring a 3 unit apartment building. Building is 3 floors. 1 apartment per floor. The details:

1. Located in PA

2. Each unit is 1,000 sq. Feet

3. Each unit has living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath

4. Would need new service and meters and panels

5. Would like to do a separate 200 amp panel per unit

6. Would like to do a small 4th panel for common lights

7. Would have electric stoves and hot water tanks

8. Would want electric dryer hookups

9. Walls and ceilings will be open

  1. I would demo out the old work myself

I just need to see if I can afford to buy this bulding and rewire it. Wiring hasn't been touched since the 20's!

Thanks in advance! - Tim

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spencer_electrician

At least $5,000 for the service and panels. At least $8,000 for the units and common area wiring

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 2:09PM
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brad_c

where at in pa, near pittsburgh?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 4:37PM
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tbroms

Thanks Spencer. Brad - Harrisburg PA

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 6:01PM
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petey_racer

$8000 for three 1000 full sq/ft apartments and common areas????
Wow! I would go out of business if I had to work that cheap.

Also, with three floors did you figure in a sprinkler system?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 7:51AM
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tbroms

Petey - I know in my city new construction needs sprinklers, but I am still trying to find out about existing construction. Any thoughts?

Also, since Spencer already quoted 5,000 for the panels, and the walls and ceilings will be open (shouldn't be much fishing) why is 8,000 so unreasonable to run wiring from the new panels to the various rooms?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 10:51PM
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normel

Maybe $8K for EACH apartment...

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 11:06PM
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spencer_electrician

Figure at a little above minimum code about 20 hours labor per apartment and $1,000 worth of material per apartment. I also was not thinking about the number of floors and what wiring method the locality requires. If EMT conduit is required, then I could see more like $6-9k per apartment.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2010 at 11:30PM
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tbroms

This jurisdiction only requires romex. How does this change the estimate?

Tim

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 1:19PM
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petey_racer

$5000 for the whole service is close IMO, not just "the panels".

I don't know. Off the cuff, $8000 to completely wire three 1000'/sq full apartments seems way low to me. I was thinking more like $15k.

My sprinkler comment was in reference to the third floor. Here in NYS sprinklers would be required.
What you are doing would be considered new construction. You are gutting and re-doing the whole building. The WHOLE building must be brought up to current code.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 4:39PM
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