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Electrician’s Quote for an Unfinished Basement

moose_head27 | Posted in General Questions on

Hi, are there in electrians whom could confirm if $7800 would be a fair price ( materials and labor and permit) to have the electrical complete in my unfinished basement(1300 square feet). The labour portion was priced estimated at 40 hours at $90 per hour.

A summary of the the items they would complete:

24 potlights
20 outlets
4 gfci outlets
2 Smoke Detectors
1 exhaust fan
5 single switches
2 double dimmer switches

Price includes all materials and labor.



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    Joshua Salinger | | #1

    Where are you located? Pricing is extremely regional, so it's hard to say. Here in Portland, OR that would be a steal. In other markets it may not be. 40 hrs of work certainly doesn't seem like too much and $90/hr is good for an electrician (again, at least around here). Also, without more info about the specifics of the project it will be hard to get good feedback.

  2. Expert Member


    Unfortunately, the market rate for the work in your area is whatever you can get an electrician to agree to do the work for. There is no "unfair" in quotes.

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    Michael Maines | | #3

    I just paid $1000 for an electrician to provide and install one bath fan and to replace a wall sconce with one I provided. $7800 seems very reasonable for what you listed.

  4. user-2310254 | | #4

    Electrician is licensed, correct? The only way to know is secure multiple quotes from licensed professionals. That might be hard or easy depending on your location. But as Mike suggested, it doesn't sound bad for what you are getting.

  5. jackofalltrades777 | | #5

    One can save money if you are technically inclined to do some of the wire pulls yourself. I had my electrician show me where each wire pull goes and how to wire a box. I would do the pulls and wire up the boxes myself. I wired up the fans, wall switches and light switches myself. Saved thousands of dollars doing it and just went slow and detailed. Never had an issue. I had the electrician do the 200 amp panel wiring but other less complicated wiring was done by me.

  6. aunsafe2015 | | #6

    In my location the OP's quote would be a fair or probably even a good price. If it were an electrician I knew to be competent, I would not hesitate for a second at that quote.

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    BILL WICHERS | | #7

    That’s probably reasonable, but you’d need to get multiple bids to be sure. Commercial standard is three bids as a minimum.

    Materials prices are up a LOT over last year. Copper wire alone is close to three times the cost it was last fall, for example. There have been all kinds of availability issues too.


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