When installing lighting fixtures, keep in mind that the cost of materials may exceed the cost of labor and that capacity issues that require board upgrades can lead to additional complications and costs. Also, when contacting electricians for small jobs, be aware that many charge a minimum service fee.
When planning a budget to hire an electrician, consider one of the main factors determining what the electrician charges is access. A simple electrical job can be made complex simply by the fact that it is difficult to run wires where they need to go and that walls need be cut into to gain access to an electrical component. This, combined with the common need to upgrade electrical panels and most electricians' minimum service fees, means homeowners get the best value when hiring electricians for large-scale jobs. It is not financially feasible to run multiple service call costs when the entire project can be done at once for less.
Typically, when an electrical panel is no longer capable of providing the necessary power, an electrician must upgrade or replace it to compensate for the new required amperage. When pricing an electrician for electrical panel work, determine whether the contractor is to be hired for replacement or for upgrade, since these two services tend to have widely differing costs.