Why Hire an Electrician is Expensive

Hiring an electrician to wire or rewire a home can be very expensive, often costing thousands of dollars. Electricians typically charge $50-$100 per hour and wiring a whole home can take days or weeks to complete. In addition to labor costs, you'll also have to pay for all the materials including wire, outlets, switches and more. This makes DIY home electrical wiring an attractive option for many homeowners looking to save money.

I decided to wire my new home addition myself without hiring an electrician. Here's how I did it and the thousands I saved in the process.

Dangers of Home Electrical Work

Before deciding to wire your home, it's important to understand the risks involved. Electricity can be extremely dangerous if wiring is not done properly.

Some key dangers include:

So while DIY electrical work can save money, important safety precautions need to be taken. Make sure you educate yourself on proper techniques, codes and safety procedures.

Learning Basic Electrical Skills

To wire your home safely, you'll need to learn some basic electrical skills:

I spent several weeks researching and learning the basics before tackling wiring my addition. I also had an experienced electrician friend double-check my work.

Gathering the Right Supplies

Wiring a room or home requires having the right supplies on hand. Key supplies needed include:

Buying supplies in bulk yielded discounts. I spent around $500 on everything needed.

Step-by-Step Installation Process

With education and supplies ready, I was prepared to wire my addition. The process took me 5 full weekends to complete.

Planning the Circuits

First I mapped out all the circuits I would need and the devices on each one. This determined how much wire I needed and number of circuits.

Typical home circuits:

Running and Securing the Wire

Next up was running wire between the breaker, outlets, switches and devices:

Boxes, Outlets and Switches

With wires run, I was ready to add boxes, outlets and switches:

Breaker Panel and Grounding

The final step was connecting circuits at the breaker panel and properly grounding:

Completing the Project

After 5 long weekends, I successfully wired my home addition from start to finish. Now it was time for inspection:

The inspector checked all my work and the installation passed on the first try. Making a few minor tweaks, I was able to get full approval.

Cost Savings

By doing the wiring myself without an electrician, I estimated my total savings to be around $5,000 to $7,000. Well worth the time and effort!

While not for everyone, wiring your own home can yield huge cost savings with proper planning and safety diligence. Hopefully my experience gives you a good overview of what's involved so you can evaluate if a DIY electrical project is right for you. Always get insured professional help if you have any doubts.