How to Wire Your Home for Electricity on a Budget

Wiring a home can seem like an intimidating task, but with some planning and budget-friendly materials, I was able to rewire my home safely and affordably. In this comprehensive guide, I will walk through all the steps I took to upgrade my home's electrical system on a tight budget.

Researching and Understanding Home Electrical Systems

Before beginning any electrical project, it's crucial to understand how home electrical systems work. Here's a quick overview of the key components:

To size your home's electrical service correctly, you'll need to calculate the total load in amps that your home requires across all circuits. A licensed electrician can help with this process.

Creating a Home Electrical Plan

Before purchasing any materials, it's wise to map out a home electrical plan. Here are some tips:

Don't take chances with electrical safety. If your plans are complex, consult a licensed electrician to review your home electrical design. They can ensure appropriate materials andcircuit ratings are specified.

Buying Electrical Supplies on a Budget

Once you have a home electrical plan, it's time to purchase equipment and wiring. Here are my top tips for saving money on electrical supplies:

With some deal hunting and compromise on styles, you can furnish an entire home electrical system for thousands less than buying everything new.

Safely Running and Connecting Wires

When it's time to start the wiring work, safety should be the top priority:

Follow all electrical codes for your region, and have inspections done before concealing any wiring. Taking it slow and being meticulous reduces any safety risks and electrical headaches down the road.

Saving on Labor Costs

One of the biggest costs with home electrical work is hiring an electrician for installation labor. But much of the basic wiring like running cables and adding receptacles can be DIYed by a homeowner with some electrical knowledge. Here are tips to take on work yourself while minimizing risks:

By doing preparatory work like running cables yourself, you can greatly reduce the total labor charges and still benefit from an electrician's expertise where it's needed most.

Completing the Project Safely

Once all the new wiring is installed and connected properly, there are a few final steps to wrap up the project:

Taking precautions during the final testing process ensures your new electrical system functions properly and safely without issues down the road.


Rewiring or upgrading a home's electrical system does not have to break the budget. With smart planning, buying supplies strategically, taking on DIY labor when possible, and focusing on safety, I was able to upgrade my home's wiring for thousands less than a full professional rewire. And nothing beats the satisfaction and cost savings of tackling electrical projects yourself. Just be sure to get licensed electrician input whenever in doubt.