What is the fair price to pay for the services of an electrician?
How often should the electrical installation in my house be tested and how do I know the electrician doing the work is qualified?
An inspection ensures the electrics in your home are working correctly and, above all, are safe. I will discuss why it is important to test your electrical inspection, how often you should be getting it tested and, probably what you care about most, how much you should be paying. I will also discuss the costs for additional work in your home like full and partial rewires, consumer unit upgrades and various little electrical jobs.
Electrical installation condition report costs
As a homeowner, tenant or landlord, you want peace of mind that the electrical installation within your property is safe. It is recommended that the electrics in your home are tested every 5 years, if the property is a rental accommodation it should also be tested at every change of occupancy.
The inspection will include the following;
- Electrical Inspection of all distribution equipment such as consumer units and the incoming supply.
- Live and dead tests of all circuits.
- Visual inspection of the accessories in the building such as sockets and switches.
- Testing protective devices to ensure they work to protect you and your family from electric shock.
- Full certification issued stating the condition of the electrical installation.
I have a very simple pricing method for domestic EICRs. I personally charge £40 per consumer unit and then £15 per circuit. This value allows enough time to do a thorough job. I would advise being wary of companies charging less than this, and would question the attention to detail and quality of service being provided.
Below is a rough guide to pricing for an EICR;
- One bedroom flat – expect to pay from £115.
- One to two bedroom house – expect to pay £150 to £180.
- Three to four bedroom house – expect to pay £200 to £250.
- Five bedroom house and larger – expect to pay £250+
Once you have had your EICR carried out you will be issued with a report that will highlight any problems in your property. This is where a lot of electricians fall down. It is likely that you are not an electrician, and therefore will probably not fully understand the document that you are given. Make sure your electrician fully explains the report to you in plain English, detailing any remedial work that is needed and giving you a reason why the work is required.
Many UK homes have old electrical wiring and getting your home rewired is a great way of adding value to your home. It also ensures safety for you and your family. Electrical rewiring costs will vary depending on some factors including:
- The size of your house (naturally a three bedroom house will cost more than a one bedroom bungalow).
- Whether the home is occupied during the rewiring (electricians will work faster in an empty property).
- The specification of fittings and fixtures you choose (stainless steel versus white PVC sockets etc.).
- The number of socket outlets etc. and other extras such as security lighting or outside power points.
- Where you live in the UK because of regional variances in contractor costs across the country.
Two bed terraced house
A total rewire of a two-bed terraced house should cost between £2,000 and £3,000. An average of £2,500 is a commonly quoted price, with the job taking between 4 and 6 days to complete. The price will typically include:
- Renewing all of the wiring in the property.
- Installing a new consumer unit.
- Standard white finish electrical accessories such as socket outlets and switches.
- Circuit testing, final installation certification and registering with your local building control.
Three bed semi-detached house
A total electrical rewiring project for a 3 bed semi will involve removing old wiring and fittings, running new cables and installing new fittings.
The price for rewiring will be between £3,000 and £4,000 depending on specification. You should expect the work to finish within 5 to 7 days.
Small jobs, we do like doing them, here is an idea of cost
I regularly hear “I didn’t think you would come out for such a small job”.
This could not be more wrong, sometimes it is nice to carry out a small job, and these jobs can provide quick cash flow for an electrician as well as being a very good lead generator.
Below are some examples of small jobs that a registered, qualified electrician could do for you;
- Replacing a light fitting – you should expect to pay around £50 for up to 3 lights. £50 is usually a minimum charge for electricians so don’t expect a discount for one light fitting or to pay £50 for 3 light fittings over 3 separate visits.
- Consumer unit replacement – sometimes this may be required in order for other work to be carried out. If you have an old wooden back consumer unit with rewireable fuses you should look at upgrading. You should expect to pay between £350 and £500. This installation requires Part P certification and registration with your local building control. You must ensure your electrician is capable of issuing the relevant documentation before they start your project. This job should take around 1-2 days to complete including carrying out a test on the property.
- Installing a new wireless smart thermostat – yes, this is a job for an electrician not a gas engineer or plumber. This job will usually include altering or adding cabling to the installation which means that certification or testing is required. If you were to have a NEST thermostat installed you should expect to pay £250-£300 including the supply of the NEST thermostat.
- Having downlights installed to your kitchen – you should expect to pay around £50 per light fitting. A standard kitchen would need somewhere in the region of 8 downlights so expect to pay around £400 including supply of a decent LED downlight.
- Installing a fan in the bathroom – This will cost around £300 and will include venting the fan out of the building. I would suggest installing a mixed flow inline fan or a fan with a built in humidity stat.
Finding professional and reliable electricians to rewire your house is now easier than ever. If you use a website like Which Trusted Traders you will receive competitive quotes from professional, experienced electricians. You will be able to read recent reviews from customers to ensure that you receive the best service possible.
Thanks for reading,