What is an electrical quotation for house wiring? A quotation is a formal statement setting out the estimated cost for a particular job or service. I am going to limit my discussion to a quotation for electrical house wiring works.
I will talk about electrical quotation for wiring a house in stages. What do I mean? The stages through which you will complete the electrical works.
Quotation for materials.
The first step in making an electrical quotation is to come up with a list of all materials needed to complete the works. Here you to ensure that all materials required are included. How do this? For this process to be easy, you segment or group materials by the phases of works to be executed.
Materials for install pipes and boxes.
On this list of materials, you make a list of the components that you need to install the switch boxes, socket outlets boxes, distribution boards and conduit pipes to accomplish the task. You should include the estimated cost of the listed materials.
Materials for electrical wiring.
Electrical wiring materials include all the cables that you will need to do proper electrical installation works. You group your electrical cables as listed below.
- Cables for lighting.
- Socket outlet cables
- Air conditioning and geyser cables
- Supply and earthing cables.
- External works cables.
You should not forget to include the estimated cost of the cables.
Electrical tubing materials.
On this section of the material list, you put all electrical conduit pipes and accessories. Below is a list of items to include.
- Electrical conduit pipes.
- Looping boxes.
- Female bushes
- Male bushes.
- Cable ties.
- Ceiling nails
I know you might not use all the above-listed materials. The materials that you use or include is dependant on the system that you use.
Materials for the final fixtures.
Materials for the final fixtures. These are the materials that you install after you have done all the electrical wiring. The list will include the following.
- Light switches
- Sockets outlets
- light fittings
- Air conditioners
- Circuit breakers
This is the quotation that shows how much money will be paid to the electrician doing the works. They are a lot of ways different people and organisation quote for labour. I have listed some of the ways below.
- Percentage of the total cost of materials.
- Hourly rate.
- Cross section area of the building.
This list is not exhaustive.
How to pay or claim for the payment.
I feel the best way to pay or claim money for the works, it to do it in phases. What do I mean? You make a payment whenever a certain task is completed. This method will ensure you don’t pay money for the works that are not completed.
I would advise that you tabulate your labour cost as below.
First phase chiselling and mounting of boxes: This is the initial stage in doing electrical works.it consists of chasing the walls, installing conduit pipes and mounting switch boxes, distribution board and socket-outlet box.
Phase two tubing and conduit works: In phase two, the works consists of connecting all the sockets outlets, lighting circuits, geyser circuits and air conditioning.
Phase three electrical wiring works: This is a phase where you start pulling cables through the conduit pipes. You make sure that each and every circuit in the building is wired. Once these works are done, you make payment. Or request a payment.
Phase four mounting of final fixtures: You are done with the electrical wiring for the house. You are now installing sockets outlets, light switches light fittings. When you are done installing all electrical fittings, you as for payment.
Phase five testing the circuits. Testing is the final thing that you do after completing the electrical installations.
Final thoughts on electrical wiring quotation.
This is just an expected estimate of how much money is required to execute all electrical works in a house or any building. There are two types of electrical wiring quotations. The one is labour based and the other is labour and material quotation.
How do these quotations differ? In a labour only quotation, you charge the client the amount of money that is required for you to do all the electrical works. While in as in labour and material quotation, you quote for both the labour and material. This is also known as supply and installation quotation.
I know there are a lot of ways of making an electrical wiring quotation. How do you do it? I invite you to share with me your knowledge on how you do quotations. Feel free to make your contributions in the comments section below.