Average Electrical Inspection Cost
Electrical inspections can sometimes be included as part of a more comprehensive home inspection. It is also possible that this inspection can be conducted as a complimentary service during any sort of major electrical repairs. As stated above, the biggest cost factor will be the overall size of the home.
Here is a breakdown of average costs for electrical inspections:
- Lowest cost: $100.
- Average cost: $160.
- Highest cost: $400.
Electrical Inspection Costs By Type
The cost of the electrical inspection can vary depending on the reason for the inspection. Cost will also depend on whether or not the inspection is simply one part of a larger scale home inspection process.
Typically, electrical inspections will be included as part of comprehensive home inspections. These inspections will include checks of the foundation, roof and HVAC system. On average, a home inspection costs $340.
Standard Electrical Inspection
Most electrical inspections will cost between $125-$200. The majority of electricians will charge a flat rate for each inspection. The electrician will then conduct thorough checks of your home’s electrical panel, wiring, outlets, circuit breakers and smoke detectors.
Electrical Inspection For Code Compliance
This type of inspection is usually free of charge. These inspections are often included as a complimentary add-on when an electrician is already performing work on the home. This is a cost-effective way to ensure your electrical system is up-to-date and working efficiently.
Electrical Repair Costs By Type
Of course, when an inspector finds something wrong with your electrical system, it’s time for repairs.
Here are some of the most common electrical repairs and their costs:
- Upgrade/replace electrical panel: $1,180.
- Install/replace outlet: $210.
- Install a switch: $150.
- Repair lighting fixture: $200.
- Install new wiring: $1,400.
What Happens During An Electrical Inspection?
Electrical inspections will include a thorough look at electrical installations, connections and wiring in your home. Ultimately, the goal of the inspection is to make sure everything works properly and that your electrical system complies with the code.
Inspectors operate under the National Electric Code (NEC). This defines the requirements and standards that must be met for U.S. electrical systems. The NEC is revised every three years, with recent updates involving GFCI protection, outdoor emergency disconnects and more.
During an inspection, an electrician will check the following:
- Meter box.
- Electrical panel.
- Circuit breaker.
- Wiring and cables conditions.
- Smoke detectors.
- Lighting installation.
- Grounding system.
- And more.
When To Get An Electrical Inspection
The Electrical Safety Foundation strongly recommends getting an electrical inspection at the following times:
- When purchasing a home.
- If your home is 40+ years old.
- During any major remodel or renovation.
- When you’ve added new major appliances in the past 10 years.
DIY Vs Hiring An Electrician
It is always recommended to enlist the help of a professional electrician for this job. DIY electrical repairs can be dangerous to perform and increase the risk of electrical fires in the future. While it is a good idea to always keep an eye out for electrical issues, a trained electrician is usually the only one who can properly diagnose any errors. Contact Shield’s Electric for a free quote today!
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