House rewire costs 2019

byron

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Hi,

Just got quote to rewire house (140 sqm). Not adding many new sockets or light fittings but quote has come back at €14,000 including making good plastering. Seems high but is this the norm in 2019? - i have heard the cost of builders are at an all time high.

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Saavy99

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It sounds dreadfully expensive, I got similar size house done last year for 7k, I got the electrician through onlinetradesmen.ie. my floorboards were already lifted and it didn't include replastering.
 
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noproblem

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My first reaction is that it's very stiff indeed, even the €7k, but that said we don't know what's involved. When someone says "rewiring" we certainly don't know what might be involved.
 

byron

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Price includes replacing all wiring, new fuse board, sockets, switches, etc.

As floor boards can't be lifted upstairs it means going through ceilings and replastering afterwards.

I feel it's on the high side but have two quotes in that price range now.
 

KOW

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14k crazy crazy. 7k top end.

As long as house is of standard type build.
 

byron

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House is a regular 1980s build. There are a lot of small rooms so maybe that's a factor. 6 upstairs and 6 downstairs + hall and landing. Finding it hard to rationalise the €14k though.
 

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He/she would be well paid at €5k but there's a scarcity of trades out there and in my opinion every facet of society are taking advantage of it, from hotels to trades, professionals, etc, etc, etc.
 

Monte2014

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14k is too high. I work for a Property Developer and our Electrician is charging us €6,750 for a typical 3 bed semi, 143m2. Ask them for a breakdown of costs on a room by room basis.
 

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What's total of sockets and light fittings?
Did they check if existing wiring to downstairs sockets/switches is in conduit? I.e. do walls only need to be chased/plastered where you are moving or adding new?
Are you complying with current building regs re switch heights, etc? There could be a lot of moving just to do that.
Are upstairs walls partition walls with plasterboard?
Is quote to completely replaster the downstairs ceilings, or just a patch up?

And most importantly, are you within 30km of Dublin?
 

byron

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You raise good points:

8 spots
12 pendants
34 sockets

All in existing locations so just need chasing, one structural wall running down middle of house (may be added complexity). Remaining walls are partitions with plasterboard.

Quote includes replastering all downstairs ceilings (from stipple to smooth).

Located in Dublin 8.
 

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You raise good points:

8 spots
12 pendants
34 sockets

All in existing locations so just need chasing, one structural wall running down middle of house (may be added complexity). Remaining walls are partitions with plasterboard.

Quote includes replastering all downstairs ceilings (from stipple to smooth).

Located in Dublin 8.
Now, we're starting to get somewhere ! Just not quite there, yet. But it is better than "My mate has a car for sale, he wants €5000, it's a black one, is this expensive ? ":)

RE.
8 spots......Low/High voltage, Halogen/LED, Dimmable/Non Dimmable, Plastic/Metal/Brass/Chrome/Brushed, Standard/Remote switched, Surface/Recessed ? Broad price spectrum X 8

34 Sockets......Single/Double, Switched/Non Switched, Indicated/Non Indicated, Plastic/Metal/Brass/Chrome/Brushed ? Broad price spectrum X 34

12 Pendants.....If metal sockets are used I would assume you would have matching switches. Some dimmable (LED being dearer), again quite a broad price spectrum X 12 (?).

Immersion timer, Instant electric shower, central heating power valves, loo vents, extraction fans, smoke/CO detectors etc. ?

Assuming changing all ceiling panels as I reckon this is a better (easier ?) job than skimming over stipple and patching panels for a professional smooth finish.

On the surface I do agree that 14K, at first, does appear excessive but as more information is given that initial surprise does start to diminish somewhat.
 
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byron

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Now, we're starting to get somewhere ! Just not quite there, yet. But it is better than "My mate has a car for sale, he wants €5000, it's a black one, is this expensive ? ":)

RE.
8 spots......Low/High voltage, Halogen/LED, Dimmable/Non Dimmable, Plastic/Metal/Brass/Chrome/Brushed, Standard/Remote switched, Surface/Recessed ? Broad price spectrum X 8

34 Sockets......Single/Double, Switched/Non Switched, Indicated/Non Indicated, Plastic/Metal/Brass/Chrome/Brushed ? Broad price spectrum X 34

12 Pendants.....If metal sockets are used I would assume you would have matching switches. Some dimmable (LED being dearer), again quite a broad price spectrum X 12 (?).

Immersion timer, Instant electric shower, central heating power valves, loo vents, extraction fans, smoke/CO detectors etc. ?

Assuming changing all ceiling panels as I reckon this is a better (easier ?) job than skimming over stipple and patching panels for a professional smooth finish.

On the surface I do agree that 14K, at first, does appear excessive but as more information is given that initial surprise does start to diminish somewhat.
Clarified what's included in pricing. It's plastic fittings all around. Dimmable switches where required. Led spots.

Includes smoke and carbon dioxide alarms.

Ceilings replastered smooth only where they can't access wiring other than through ceiling - so bit of a tbc.
 

Jim Manager

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Hi Byron,

I work for a company of electricians and that is an enormous quote. I disagree with spark rite on this. For example we just quoted and got the job below for €6,800 + V.A.T. maybe we are far too cheap.

To carry out a full rewire of the above property. Work specs as follows. To chase walls and lift floor boards where necessary. To supply and fit 1 new fuse board. To supply and fit new cabling throughout the premises. Reception area. To supply and fit 4 double sockets (1 with USB connection). To supply and fit 1 drop pendant light fitting. Hallway. To supply and fit 1 centre pendant. To supply and fit 2 double sockets. Back room. To supply and fit 3 double sockets. To supply and fit 1 pendant. Kitchen. To coil up cabling for kitchen sockets, shower and kitchen lights in ceiling above kitchen. Bathroom 1. To supply and fit 3 chrome waterproof LED down lighters. To supply and fit 10 square cable for an electric shower. Small bedroom. To supply and fit 3 double sockets. To supply and fit 1 pendant. Bedroom 2. To supply and fit 3 double sockets. To supply and fit 1 pendant. Main bedroom. To supply and fit 4 double sockets. To supply and fit 6 chrome LED down lighters. To supply and fit 1 LED security light at the front and the rear of the property. To supply and fit 4 EI 161 smoke alarms. To supply and fit 2 carbon monoxide alarms. To supply and fit 1 or 2 gang switches for all lights. All switches, sockets and lights to be standard white unless otherwise specified. All plastering to be done where walls have been chased. All laminate flooring to be relaid where possible. RECI certification on completion.

I understand your house may be bigger but 7K bigger I doubt. It's not as if you want 50 down lighters and everything in gold!
 
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SparkRite

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LOL. But sure we have very little to go on..............

If I have learnt anything over that last 35+yrs involved in the industry, every job is different and it is nigh on impossible to quote ( or even ballpark) without first hand survey and at the very least some QS.

"Sure my mate down the road got his done for half that! " totally ignoring the fact that his own house has two large extensions,no dry lining, chipboard flooring, wants twice as many fittings in brass, mates was done 10 years ago, etc. etc.

Ah, I can still hear it now.
 

aodhan.c

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hi all,

doing some work on our house (attic and garage conversion and small extension). Floor space when finished will be around 160 sq m.

Got a quote for a "full rewiring" of 19k.

There is nothing fancy being done - just basic sockets and lights (just a couple of spotlights in the kitchen), but we are doing a little wiring for data (ethernet cat 6 cable into a couple of rooms, same for tv - coax cable), plus a few external security lights (the house is a semi-d so nothing extraordinary needed here). Also new thermostats for heating system, and new 'immersion switch'.

Was wondering if people felt 19k is the right ballpark for this job.

I know more detail might be needed so please just let me know what would be helpful.

Appreciate any advice!

Thank you



Hi Byron,

I work for a company of electricians and that is an enormous quote. I disagree with spark rite on this. For example we just quoted and got the job below for €6,800 + V.A.T. maybe we are far too cheap.

To carry out a full rewire of the above property. Work specs as follows. To chase walls and lift floor boards where necessary. To supply and fit 1 new fuse board. To supply and fit new cabling throughout the premises. Reception area. To supply and fit 4 double sockets (1 with USB connection). To supply and fit 1 drop pendant light fitting. Hallway. To supply and fit 1 centre pendant. To supply and fit 2 double sockets. Back room. To supply and fit 3 double sockets. To supply and fit 1 pendant. Kitchen. To coil up cabling for kitchen sockets, shower and kitchen lights in ceiling above kitchen. Bathroom 1. To supply and fit 3 chrome waterproof LED down lighters. To supply and fit 10 square cable for an electric shower. Small bedroom. To supply and fit 3 double sockets. To supply and fit 1 pendant. Bedroom 2. To supply and fit 3 double sockets. To supply and fit 1 pendant. Main bedroom. To supply and fit 4 double sockets. To supply and fit 6 chrome LED down lighters. To supply and fit 1 LED security light at the front and the rear of the property. To supply and fit 4 EI 161 smoke alarms. To supply and fit 2 carbon monoxide alarms. To supply and fit 1 or 2 gang switches for all lights. All switches, sockets and lights to be standard white unless otherwise specified. All plastering to be done where walls have been chased. All laminate flooring to be relaid where possible. RECI certification on completion.

I understand your house may be bigger but 7K bigger I doubt. It's not as if you want 50 down lighters and everything in gold!
 
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