electricianAmong the building trading professionals, one of the busiest ones are professional electricians. Homeowners get their services because they don’t want to risk their safety given the level of danger associated to any job that deals with electricity. Generally speaking, hiring an electrician is a good investment because this expert can do the job right the first time around. To avoid surprises later on, here are a few things you need to know about the average cost of common electrical projects.

Costs of the common Services Offered By Electricians

How much do common electrical projects cost?

The rate of professional electricians Columbia is generally a flat fee for the initial visit and then an hourly rate for the actual labor. The call out fee range from $50 to $100 depending on the location while the hourly rate range between $40 and $120 per hour.

It may be difficult to book an electrical contractor to do one small job because of the small profit margin. It’s better to have an electrician do a few tasks in the same service call so you can get the most out of the call out fee.

Repair or Replace a Switch or Receptacle Outlet

This is an easy job but the local electrical contractor will charge his or her minimum fee for it, aside from the call out fee. The costs may range between $100 and $150 so you may have to consider having several outlets replaced during this service if you wish to get the most out of the electrician’s visit.

Grounding an Outlet

In case you are living in an older home that still comes with outlet receptacles with only two slots, you should consider having it replaced with a 3 slot grounded outlet so it can handle plugs with 3 prongs. As long as the circuit breaker panel or fuse box is grounded, this task is easy to complete. It will take about 30 minutes and the labor plus the call out fee may amount to about $100 – $150. The costs may double if the electrician has to establish a ground at the main fuse.

Replace Standard Outlet Receptacles with GFCI

If the electrical contractor is just changing a standard outlet receptacle with a ground fault circuit interrupter, the project may cost between $120 and $150 for the service call and the labor.

Install New Switch or Outlet

The installation of a new switch or outlet where non exists means there’s a need to create an opening in the wall, fish brand new cables to the power source, install a new device and wall box, and establish the connections. The average cost for this type of work range from $150 and $200 because this relatively simple task can be performed in just 30 minutes.

Install a 220/240 Volt Outlet

The installation of a 220/240 outlet may be more expensive than wiring a standard outlet because the electrical contractor may have to run conduit, reorganize the circuit breakers within the main electrical panel, or install a brand new circuit breaker. The average cost may reach up to $300 for this type of electrical work.


Call CHS Electricians Columbia now and let our electricians help you install, replace, or maintain the components of your electrical system.


CHS Electricians Columbia
Columbia SC 29205
(803) 973-7324