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Whether you’re in need of rewiring, surge protection, lighting upgrades, or any other electrical maintenance job
Service Panel Upgrade
Your electrical panel is crucial for providing electricity to your appliances and devices you use throughout the home. Power flows from the power lines into the panel where it is distributed to the inside of your home. Your electrical service panel is an essential part of your home and one that is important for the safety of your home and family.
Electrical remodeling is an essential part of any home remodeling project and provides an improvement of household safety, increased value of the home, as well as an enhanced look and feel to improve the environment of your living space
Whole House Surge Protectors
Whole house surge protectors provide your home with protection from surges or blackouts that could damage your appliances or devices during a thunderstorm. They are an essential part for any home in areas with frequent storm activity.
Outlets & Switches
Electrical outlets and light switches are a necessity in any home. If your outlets or light switches have been malfunctioning, need to be rewired, or you simply need more to keep up with your appliances
Spas & Hot Tubs
Hot tubs and spas might be a thing for luxury for some, but they provide you a place to unwind from the stresses of normal life. Proper wiring provides you with peace of mind knowing that your hot tub or spa will keep on working for years on end.
Create a Home Remodeling Plan
Home remodels take time (and money), and there are several steps to be aware of. To ensure your home remodel goes as smoothly as possible, it’s best to establish a detailed timeline and max budget for the project.
Certainly, you could hire someone to plan, design, and budget the project for you, but that can cost a lot of money, and we’re all about budgeting wisely. So instead, follow our home remodel guideline and timeline example, and you’ll be well prepared for your project.
Before jumping into your home remodel, familiarize yourself with the remodeling process and what goes into it. On average, home remodeling projects take 3 – 8 months to complete, but this all depends on the overall size and complexity of the project, as well as who you hire to do the work and the amount of work you choose to do yourself.
What a common home remodel timeline looks like:
Planning: 1 month
Demolition: 2 weeks
HVAC, Electrical & Plumbing: 5 days
Framing & Drywall: 10 days
Painting: 1 week
Cabinets & Fixtures: 1 week
Doors & Windows: 5 days
Clean House & Air Vents: 1 day
Flooring: 1 week
Trim and Finish Work: 1 week
Have a maximum amount you are willing to spend in mind and make a point not to go over your budget. The various costs that factor into a house remodel can be much different than you think, so start a running list of all your must-have and really-want-to-have items in a spreadsheet.
Working With Contractors
What is a contract?
Every time you sign your name on the dotted line, you are legally staking your name to a contract. A contract is a legal document that guarantees a service between two or more people.
Generally speaking, a contractor is any person who agrees to fulfill the demands of a contract. When you hire a lawn care company to mow your grass and a plumber to fix a leaky pipe, you are dealing with contractors. The contractor then legally binds his or her name to the action spelled out in the contract – and so do you.
When it comes to home remodeling, a “general contractor” is the person who is in charge of the construction site. Contractors use their contracts, agreed upon by both the homeowner and the contractor, as the blueprint for all aspects of the job.
The vast majority of contractors are honest people who simply want the opportunity to do the things you want done, and they want you to be happy with the work. A contractor’s whole livelihood is based on your satisfaction, but every contractor has had a combination of good and bad experiences with customers. As a result of those experiences, contractors rely on the written contract to resolve any dispute over what was agreed.
Types of contractors
In a big remodeling job involving several trades, there are two main types of contractors: General contractor and subcontractors.
Whether it’s installing a new outlet, adding new track lights, hanging a ceiling fan, upgrading your outdoor lights, or even adding a new addition to your home.
Electric vehicle charger outlets
Breaker box labeling
Breaker box safety inspection
GFCI safety inspection
Electric meter repairs
Breaker Box replacements and upgrades
A/C and Heating Circuits
On demand water heater outlets
Spa/hot tub circuits
Aluminum Wiring Replacement
Code Inspections and Repairs
Electrical Outlet for wall mounted TV
Data cabling – Category 6
Coax cabling – cable TV
Ground Fault Receptacle
Add recessed lighting
Air compressor outlets
Garage work shops
Raise outlets underneath cabinets
Kitchen Undercabinet lighting
Kitchen in-cabinet lighting
Smart lighting controls
Wiring to islands
Every home is powered by a complex electrical system comprised of wires, fixtures, circuits, outlets, and more. As a home owner, you know how difficult it is to maintain your electrical system while tending to the needs of your family. Electrical equipment requires the care and precision that only a trained professional knows how to apply, so allow Residential Electrical Services handle your electrical needs for you. Whether you need a fast repair, a new fixture installed, or a home safety inspection, our team can be there to exceed your expectations and get the job done right.
spent $35,000 remodeling my kitchen, and here are big lessons I learned
When the main electric cooktop burner went out and the odd-sized oven was scorching everything, it was time. If we needed to sell the house, we knew we’d take a hit; kitchens and baths still sell homes. The last thing I wanted was to make incremental upgrades or renovate at the finish line for someone else
If done right, I knew this space could improve not just the look of our whole house, but the way we live. I envisioned making cupcakes (and healthier meals) with our 3-year-old at a new peninsula, and supervising her craft projects while I cooked. Until now, we’d done all we could to keep her out of the cramped space, where danger seemed to lurk at every inefficient turn.
Plan ahead to save money
My husband and I had hoped to save money by assembling our cabinets and having a local non-profit demo and haul away the old cabinets and appliances. Stardust Building Supplies offers a free demo service when you donate your used cabinets and appliances. Unfortunately, they were booked weeks in advance and couldn’t schedule the demo in time for our contractor, who was ready to get started. Nor did we end up having the many days it would have taken to assemble 20 flat-pack Ikea cabinets. We easily could have saved more than $1,000 by doing both. We also learned financing can take longer than a remodel. We were told it takes an average of 45 days after pre-approval to get a home equity line of credit. Ours took longer, so apply at least three months before you’ll need it
Set a realistic budget
Out of necessity and frugal DNA, I was sure I could do an affordable remodel. I wanted to do an affordable remodel. But affordable is a relative term. When we started daydreaming about this project, I thought I could do it for around $15,000 — perfectly plausible if you watch certain home-improvement shows. Unfortunately, that’s less than half what it ended up costing
Electrical work alone to update the 35-year-old wiring in our kitchen was $4,175. Quartz countertops and installation cost $4,265. Raising the ceiling meant re-routing a main air duct, which got complicated, as did removing a structural half wall. Overall, the total Ikea bill for all appliances (dishwasher, cooktop, double oven and installed microwave) was $3,500; the cabinets cost just shy of $8,000. But construction costs meant the whole project came in just under $35,000. When all was said and done, it really did feel like a new house, not just a new kitchen