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A former co-worker (and friend) is looking to sell her house and the whole house inspector said that the FPE sub-panel in her garage needed replaced.

Since I don't price jobs and am not a contractor I was wondering what would be a fair price to offer the prospective buyer for replacement?

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It's in a finished wall Pete, AND the feeder comes in one end, the branches out the other.....pita. Best (JMHO) is to rip it all out and introduce a larger surf mnt panel covering the hole there. My est (podunkville going rate) $400, more if i gotta pull a permit and 'splain it to an AHJ.....;) ~CS~
 

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For a friend, I'll usually do the job and say I'll send you a bill... Which I won't.
I thought about doing it for her but If I were the buyer I would want permits and inspections and being that I inspect work I don't want to be in competition with a legitimate contractor.

I know it could also turn out that the buyer just takes the money and does nothing.

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Some places, the presence of a Fire Producing Equipment panel excludes one from obtaining insurance.
 

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What is this panel controlling??? The feeders don't seem to look any larger then #12. Is that GFI breaker protecting two circuits?? Don't know how far it is to the main panel but if you have to pull new feeders it could turn out to be a bit of a job so it's hard to help with a price. JMHO
 

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What's on the other end of the feeder? Can new breakers be placed in service panel, and bypass the breaker in pic? Couple wire nuts and breakers be a lot cheaper than new sub panel.
 

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Why does it even need replacement ?
It looks in good condition !
Is it too small ?
Is it no longer up to code ?
what gives ?
A whole house inspector flagged it for replacement.

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What is this panel controlling??? The feeders don't seem to look any larger then #12. Is that GFI breaker protecting two circuits?? Don't know how far it is to the main panel but if you have to pull new feeders it could turn out to be a bit of a job so it's hard to help with a price. JMHO
I really have no answers to your questions. I assumed re-using the existing feeder (if it is code compliant) and leaving the branch breakers serving whatever they serve now.

I'm only looking for a ballpark number that my friend could offer the potential buyer. I'm not looking for a hard quote.

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What's on the other end of the feeder? Can new breakers be placed in service panel, and bypass the breaker in pic? Couple wire nuts and breakers be a lot cheaper than new sub panel.
Wish I knew. But, as stated, just trying to get a ballpark number for negotiating purposes.

I know there are a thousand questions that need answered to give an accurate price. Sorry.

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it is hard for me to tell in the picture, but if that is 2 - 20 amp single pole breakers and it was a friends house I would do away with the panel and make it a J Box. If they wanted a new panel installed without Permit and Inspection I would charge between $500 - $600
Permit and Inspections would add another $200 - $250 as long as it was in the suburbs
 
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If that job was in the city limits, I'd do it all day long for $500. Permit, inspection and all.

If it was in the county or one of the surrounding towns, it'd be closer to $575. I would also do a fast rough patch if needed to the sheetrock for an additional $35.
 

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If that job was in the city limits, I'd do it all day long for $500. Permit, inspection and all.

If it was in the county or one of the surrounding towns, it'd be closer to $575. I would also do a fast rough patch if needed to the sheetrock for an additional $35.
I am the complete opposite, if I had to get a permit in Phila I charge an additional $850 just for the P&I
 

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I am the complete opposite, if I had to get a permit in Phila I charge an additional $850 just for the P&I
Permits in the city are less expensive than the county and all the surrounding towns, because all the contractors/business owners have to pay an additional $75-$100 a year, just to be able to pull permits and work in the city limits. Believe me, they get their money.

I know it's different in other areas, but this is the way in works here.
 
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