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"I want an electrician for a couple small projects"

I need to move a timer switch for some outdoor lights from the basement to the first floor and I need to replace the switch to my gas fireplace.

wanted by: bryant (35) in Jersey City, NJ 07302 +
updated on: Oct. 10, 2012, 1:58 a.m. (6 years, 11 months ago)
posted on: Jan. 2, 2011, 11:52 p.m. (8 years, 8 months ago)
tags: electrician home improvement
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The hourly cost for an electrician will be be somewhere between $35 and $70, depending on the experience of the electrician you choose. For your jobs, you are probably looking at between 2 and 4 hours. You may have to pay travel costs as well, though.

My rough estimate is that your job to move and add electrical light switches will end up costing you between $150 and $250. This job is comparable to adding power outlets, but smaller than adding new circuits or a sub-panel to your system.

An electrician will typically come out to your home to better identify your needs and provide you with a free quote, so call two or three and see what they say. I've had good luck finding the best electricians in my area by using ServiceMagic.

Just complete the form below and they'll match you to electricians in your area and automatically forward over your project details. I've found it saves me time since I don't have to repeat myself to each electrical contractor that I reach out to.

I've also used Angie's List, but you have to pay for that. ServiceMagic is free. Free is good.

comment I used ServiceMagic two months ago to find an electrician to add a subpanel to my main box and run a new 220 volt circuit (4-wire configuration) to an electric drier. I was very satisfied with the process and the electrician I found. - timfou 8 years, 9 months ago
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Like most contractors, electricians typically specialize in a particular field. While some focus exclusively on new construction site projects, others specialize in home service calls (new outlets, switches, circuits, electric baseboard, bathroom or ceiling fan installs) or focus on commercial jobs.

Make sure and find out the field of expertise of an electrician before you hire him. It will be hard to convince a large contractor to take on your small residential job at a reasonable price. You can find many excellent electricians in the yellow pages or online at established websites like ServiceMagic or AngiesList.

Word of mouth is also a great way of finding a reliable and professional electrician. Ask your friends, family and neighbors who they have used to have electrical work done. If they liked their contractor, the chances are that you will to.

Whomever you choose to do your home wiring work, prior to agreeing to hire them, ask to see a copy of their state license and proof of insurance. Find out if they have liability coverage and ask for 2 to 5 references from recent jobs.

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