Thank you all for the info I have found so far on this forum, it’s brought hope to a frustrating situation. My family does volunteer work for home owners that don’t have the resources to repair etc on their homes…generally elderly people. This current person purchased a home in serious need of a lot of work including the utilities being ran to the house such as electric from the power lines…the previous owners I’m assuming started putting new plumbing and wiring in the house and my dad being a contractor for 40+ years as well as the building inspector agreed that it was ok…100amp box for a very small house 700sq ft max and all we need now is to have an electrician wire the main power to the house which I expected. However, I can not find an electrician that will even give me a bid or even call me back. My co-worker found a few finally to stop and give a “bid” etc and I was totally blown away with this man. He informed us that the 100 amp box was way too small, he recommended minimum 200 amp, which I have never seen in a small residential home less then 2000sq feet and that the standard 110 romexwiring and 220 were too small to wire in regular plugs and lights or an electric stove on a 220…I have no idea what he is talking about these being too small for an elderly woman to run a small electric stove and max 4 outlets on a circuit breaker and lighting on a seperate circuit breaker. On top of this info, he said that regardless of what he did, he would charge full price of $15,000+ to run power to the house. The other electrician quoted $8000 but said he doesn’t do remodels…I have all respect for this line of work and yes, they deserve to be paid well but so do the rest of us ( licensed contractors, inspectors, plumbers, etc…it’s hard work) but we volunteer our knowledge and elbow grease as well as some materials we can acquire from recycle centers and refurbish from other jobs because I …we…believe that the safety of everyone is important. When I hear of a single mother losing her 5 year old daughter in a fire because an electrician “fixed” the bad wiring and actually did nothing but her ignorance was the weighing factor, she was taken advantage of and lost her only child to a fire. That is why we do what we do. Referral to honest individuals that would never take that risk.
I guess my question is, are these electricians seriously in the price range of what we are needing done, the info they gave on amp size was not as I’ve read on these forums and too my personal knowledge of my own work…and, if so, are there any resources available to this woman to help her with this expense that anyone would know of…I rely a lot on our local building inspector because his line of work, safety is the top priority as you all know I hope I’m not far off on avenues for information, but as inspectors have the most knowledge on these types of professions…
Any information is greatly appreciated. I don’t want to give up on this project. Our area is rural and barely any funding for housing assistance for people like her and she has no other options left.