One of the more complicated things to get right during new home construction is the electrical setup. These are the steps to follow with your electrician to make sure the job is done safely and completely.

Have Your Initial Consultation

During an initial consultation with a residential electrician, the contractor will go over your electrical needs. Most electricians can calculate these based on the layout of your home, but you will need to inform them if you have unique needs. For example, things like outdoor lighting and electrical outlets will be a bit unusual and may require some additional discussion with your electrician. If you have any personal equipment that takes additional cabling or is power-hungry, such as a hot tub or even a home recording studio, these will also require some adjustment to the electrical plan.

Set Your Budget and Timeline

The residential electrician will work with the rest of your construction team to set up a reasonable budget and timeline for the completion of electrical work. Electrical needs are woven in with other parts of construction, so your residential electrician will definitely need to be on-site various times throughout the construction of your new home.

The budget of your electrician may affect other parts of your planning. Since it is an essential need, it's one of the first things you should get a cost estimate for.

Complete the Rough-In

The first stage of electrical installation is during the rough-in of your house. A residential electrician is going to come in to install the basic foundation for future electrical wiring. Parts of your wiring that need to go inside the walls, for example, will be installed at a very early stage in construction.

Complete the Exterior Electrical Setup

Things like outlets and outlet covers are added well into the construction process. In the interim between the initial rough in and the final stages of construction, your electrician may be present to do things like help you pick out lighting fixtures that have the technical specifications of your electrical setup,

Follow-Up Maintenance

Know that electrical wiring is an ongoing process. Wires do get damaged or worn, and regular electrical repairs and maintenance inspections will be an ongoing part of the costs of homeownership. So, if your residential electrician does a great job during the initial installation of your wiring, consider hiring them for an electrical inspection in another 2 to 3 years.

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