How to Rewire Your Entire House in Just One Weekend (And Save $5,000!)

Rewiring your entire house may seem like a daunting task, but with some preparation and planning, it's entirely possible to complete in a single weekend - all while saving thousands of dollars in the process. As a first-time homeowner who recently rewired my 1,500 square foot house in under 48 hours, I'll share my step-by-step guide on how I did it so you can tackle this project efficiently and affordably.

Assessing and Planning Your Rewiring Project

Before touching a single wire, the first step is to thoroughly assess your home's current electrical system to determine the scope of work needed. Here are some key things I considered:

Once I confirmed that a total rewire was needed and doable in my home, I created a detailed plan of attack:

Thorough planning and prep work was crucial to executing this massive project quickly and efficiently.

Buying the Right Rewiring Materials

With my plan in place, I then purchased all the necessary materials for my home's complete rewire:

Shopping at home improvement stores, I was able to purchase all the rewiring materials for around $1,500. Buying everything yourself is vastly cheaper than hiring an electrician who marks up supply prices significantly.

Step-by-Step Process for Rewiring

With planning and purchasing done, I was ready to get to work rewiring my entire home over the weekend. Here is the systematic process I followed:

Friday Evening



I targeted completing the dirty demolition work on Friday evening, running all the new wires on Saturday, then finalizing the connections and testing on Sunday. Having an electrician validate everything was critical for safety and getting my homeowner's permit finalized.

My $5,000 Savings on a Full House Rewire

After a long but exhilarating weekend, I successfully rewired my entire home with:

For this massive overhaul, I spent:

Local electricians quoted me $7,000 to $10,000 for the same full rewiring job parts and labor. By DIYing this project in a single weekend, I saved $5,000 to $8,000 in electrician costs and gained invaluable skills.

While a complete house rewire is certainly not for beginners, it can be tackled efficiently in a weekend if you plan thoroughly, buy the right supplies, and follow safety precautions. Just be prepared for an intense two days of nonstop work! But successfully rewiring your home yourself provides immense satisfaction and direct savings.