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Most modern households are heavily reliant upon electrical energy supplies, and many people find the need to run power cords all over their homes to get electrical service in the places desired. It is both simple and efficient to install a new electrical outlet (or even upgrade and expand the existing number within the home) in order to eliminate unwanted extension cords and to maintain home safety. For this discussion we will look at the costs of increasing the number (and quality) of outlets in the average home, including both 120 volt and 220 volt equipment.
The Craftsman Book Company indicates that the average number of outlets per room in a 2500 square foot home tends to be two or three in each space. These are not always conveniently located, which is a major reason for additional installations to be necessary. Additionally, a homeowner may do something as simple as upgrading a gas-powered appliance to one relying on electricity, and this will demand the installation of a 220 to 240 volt plug too.
Unless the homeowner is knowledgeable in home electrical systems, the installation of outlets is not to be considered a "DIY" project. This is particularly true if new circuits are required in the fuse panel too. Traditionally installation is done by a professionally licensed electrician. The costs for a project will include:
The wisest course of action for electrical outlet installation is to work with a licensed electrician who can help to accurately determine the appropriate number of outlets for the home or the room in question. A homeowner must always request references, proof of insurance, and obtain information about warranties on the work. It is a good idea to also seek at least three bids before selecting the provider if doing a full upgrade project as this will lower total costs considerably.
Low: $100 - $200
Medium: $200 - $750
Cost to install an electrical outlet varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from electricians in your city.