Low Voltage Wiring (Security/ Network/Audio/Video)

5 Replies | San Antonio, Texas

Hi wanted to get some feed back who are you guys using to wire your flips/ renovations in the area?

I've talked to a couple of companies in the area and they are doing for for investors. 

How are you paying them? How much? ETC.


If  you're talking actual re-wires or new wiring here's what I've spent a two different projects.  Depending on square footage, a total re-wire with new panel (inside & out) runs anywhere from $8000 to $14,000.  

Both of these projects were full-gut renovations of 100 year old homes.  

The $6000 was a 1,400sf home, all new wiring, new interior and exterior panels, 200 amp service, permits pulled & rough-in through final including installation of all fixtures. Can lights were including in the bid, all other fixtures provided by owner.   

The $14,000 was a 3,100sf home, all new wiring, 2 new interior panels, new exterior panels, new pole and upgrade to 200 amp service, lines for 3 HVAC units, permits pulled & rough-in through final including installation of all fixtures. Can lights were including in the bid, all other fixtures provided by owner. 

If you're looking for strictly low voltage (audio, security, network, etc.), I don't bother for my flips, because there is no quantifiable return on on the investment.  It has not hindered our sales in the $350K - $450K market.  We've also found many buyers like to customize their own audio setups after they buy the house.  


for my rentals, I always make sure I drop a cable tv coax cable in the living room, and other than that - nothing. I spent some extra money a while back to do cable tv in each bedroom, but guess what? No one uses it anymore. Everything is wifi anyway.

Don’t spent the money unless you’re in the $1M+ range and buyers start expecting smart lights and such.

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Originally posted by @Seth Teel :

If  you're talking actual re-wires or new wiring here's what I've spent a two different projects.  Depending on square footage, a total re-wire with new panel (inside & out) runs anywhere from $8000 to $14,000.  

Both of these projects were full-gut renovations of 100 year old homes.  

The $6000 was a 1,400sf home, all new wiring, new interior and exterior panels, 200 amp service, permits pulled & rough-in through final including installation of all fixtures. Can lights were including in the bid, all other fixtures provided by owner.   

The $14,000 was a 3,100sf home, all new wiring, 2 new interior panels, new exterior panels, new pole and upgrade to 200 amp service, lines for 3 HVAC units, permits pulled & rough-in through final including installation of all fixtures. Can lights were including in the bid, all other fixtures provided by owner. 

If you're looking for strictly low voltage (audio, security, network, etc.), I don't bother for my flips, because there is no quantifiable return on on the investment.  It has not hindered our sales in the $350K - $450K market.  We've also found many buyers like to customize their own audio setups after they buy the house.  


Thanks for the feedback Seth great info! Yes I was referring to strictly low voltage the reason I was asking is a couple of installers I talk to are saying they are doing work for investors. 

Originally posted by @Mike McCarthy :

for my rentals, I always make sure I drop a cable tv coax cable in the living room, and other than that - nothing. I spent some extra money a while back to do cable tv in each bedroom, but guess what? No one uses it anymore. Everything is wifi anyway.

Don’t spent the money unless you’re in the $1M+ range and buyers start expecting smart lights and such.

 Thanks Mike, just to ask would you just have your electrician do the work for you or go with a specific low voltage company?

@Surgess Santacruz I’d just have my electrician do it, again, unless you’re really getting into serious smart-home stuff. But running a few coax and maybe network lines, anyone can do it - and the electrician is already really good at running wires through walls.