Before you start your project, get a trusted electrical contractor to look at your project to see if what you are planning to do can be done.
- Is there a different way to do your project that will save you time and money?
- Will your project require a service upgrade?
- If so what will that add to the cost of your project?
The best time to get the trades in to check your project is before you start. At this time, you can still change your project or decide not to do it. If the cost or the work involved is more than what you have planned for.
Electrical Panel Location
One example is before you pour the slab in the basement, you can still change the location of your electrical panel. And all your cable runs will be shorter and the panel can be placed in a more convenient location.
Another example is the type of heating in your home or addition. To save money, the project may require special electrical heating. With hydro rates going UP, that may be a poor choice. Check out natural gas and also heat pumps ducted and ductless systems work very well on the coast.
If you live in an area that suffers from power failures you may want to budget for a stand-by generator. Or wire your home for a generator but install it at later date.
Also plan for the future make sure you can expand your electrical system. Add extra wires in the panel and leave the extra wire in the attic and or crawl space
For your future needs this way drywall does not need to be removed to add extra electrical circuits for a hot tub, an RV outlet, or that garden shed or new garage that you want to build. Plan for your future electrical needs or for resale.
It will save you money and time to do the extra projects later on.