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1) Here are some budgetary numbers that you can use:
2) Figure that electrician labor rates can vary anywhere from $65 to $125 per hour depending upon your location, Union labor rates will exceed $100 per hour.
3) I would plan on a minimum of 1 hour per outlet
opening to de-install any existing light fixture or receptacle and it's associated conduit
4) An approximate labor to re-install such lighting fixtures and/or receptacles will involve a minimum of another 1 hour or 1.5 hours per opening.
If high lift work is required for the ceiling, add on another 50% for hourly labor time to compensate for up and down the high lift for each opening or lighting fixture or receptacle.
5) The wiring of the dimmer cabinet can take another 6 to 8 hours depending upon the quantity of lighting circuits.
6) If any sub-panels are required, add on a minimum of 8 hours.
7) As the previous expert has already recommended, obtain 3 firm bid quotes from locally licensed electrical contractors. Throw out the low ball bid as the contractor does not know how to properly bid an electrical project. The next 2 bids should be relatively close. Pick and choose the contractor that you feel most comfortable with and obtain 3 references from each contractor.
8) The general rule in any construction project is the 60/40 rule......ie......60% of the costs will be for labor and 40% of the costs will be for material. Once you know the approximate labor costs, now you can calculate the approximate material costs.
9) Don't forget the fire alarm and smoke detector devices, allow at least another 1 hour minimum for each pull station, strobe, siren, etc.
10) Also figure in anther 1 hour for each CAT 5E ethernet cable for internet access. A patch panel will require another 15 minutes per cable location to include punchdowns, toning, and testing per cable loc. If a wall or floor mount patch panel, add at minimum of at least 1 hour for install time. This does not include the IT labor for configuring the ethernet ports.
11) Total up the quantity of electrical openings (each receptacle, lighting fixture and wall switch
) and add another 20% to the total to compensate for any unknowns and do the math. This will get you a number in the ballpark (approximate pricing only).
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