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Cost of Home Electrics

This page offers guidance on the cost of home electrics, showing prices for typical tasks. You’ll see figures ranging from the price to fit a double socket to carrying out a full house re-wire. The data has been captured from our home renovations for clients over the past 14 years.

Before looking at specific figures, we include a few paragraphs examining the factors that affect the price. This will help you to plan your electrical changes more efficiently.  It also prepares you for costs that you may not have considered.

We’ve also produced specific guidance on home lighting and other features to help you design and specify your house electrics.

Cost of home electrics

You’ll see below that the cost of home electrics is more than just twiddling with wires. We always make sure that our clients are fully aware of the total cost from the time the electricians walk in, to the time they leave with the electrics installed and any associated work completed.

cost of home electrics - electricians charge for their time

An Electrician’s Time

When pricing a job, an electrician considers the time and materials required. Time will include travel, lifting and replacing carpets and floorboards, drilling joists, chasing walls and so on.  This is in addition to installation and test. You could save yourselves some money by moving furniture and making the space ready in advance.

Organised electricians will order deliveries from local stockists to arrive direct to site. This makes better use of their time. Watch out for trades who spend excessive periods away from the job picking up materials.

There are obvious economies of scale in electrical work; the more you ask the electrician to do, the better the value. If you only want one socket fitted, the total time and cost would all be applied to the one socket. If the project involves several sockets, lights, network cables and a consumer unit, the package of work would be spread over all these tasks.

electrical materials and fittings

You should know how to specify home electrics. Suffice to say that you need to be clear what you want the electrician to do. Importantly, you need to specify the fittings you want. If you have no idea, a good electrician will bring brochures and may even order samples for you to approve. He or she should talk you through the pros and cons of the alternatives.

Some clients decide to supply the fittings themselves (sockets, switches and so on). This is particularly true of special products like colour matched sockets. However, if you are content with trade standard sockets and switches, it is best to let the electrician supply these. Sundry items such as cables, clips and connectors would be priced within the electrician’s quotation.

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Electrical Installation Condition Report

Most electricians will visit to discuss your requirements free of charge. In addition to the specific job you have in mind, mention any doubts about your existing electrics. Electricians can carry out an electrical installation condition report – a sort of MOT for your home electrics. This will cost around £240 for a typical UK 3-bed property. The report will list all deviations from current regulations, classified by severity. You can then decide which, if any, of the deviations to rectify. You should add any of these essential tasks to your total cost.

We always stress that clients should understand the full implications of the electrical changes involved in a home renovation. If your existing electrics are not up to regulations, and the new electrics interact with the old, then more extensive work may be required before the new installation can be certified.

For our more extensive renovations, we arrange for a report to be produced so our clients know where they stand. You will find it cost-effective to rectify these deviations whilst a project is ongoing, floorboards are up, electricians are on site, and re-decoration is planned.

Other costs

Below we share costs of typical electrical tasks, but you must also budget for other costs associated with the work. Electricians will cut chases into your plaster, but they won’t fill those chases. You need to add the price of making good after installation (plastering, decorating and so on). This can be significant. During a recent extensive renovation over 2 floors, the cost of making good electrical chases was over £1200 (!). You may also ask a carpet-fitter to replace any carpets professionally. This can cost £20-£30.

typical Prices for home electrics

The prices below include time and materials.  They are exclusive of VAT so you would need to add this at the prevailing rate if the electrician is registered for VAT. You may then need to add the “other costs” described above.

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Consumer Unit

  • Supply and fit replacement consumer unit: £380-£450

Sockets and switches

  • Supply and fit new double socket: £65-£85 (single socket similar)
  • Supply and fit light switch: £60-£70 per circuit / gang
  • Supply and fit a dimmer switch:  £70-£75 per circuit / gang
  • Supply and fit 5A circuit: £60-£70 per socket
  • Supply and fit socket for cooker, oven, hob: £140-£160
  • Fit bathroom cabinet (with power): £90-£110
  • Fit electrics for dual-fuel towel warmer: £110-£120
  • Supply and fit electrics for boiler: £250-£325
  • Supply and fit electrics for wet underfloor heating system: £250-£300
  • Supply and fit shaver point: £75-£90
  • Suppy and fit bathroom extractor: £175-£320 (depends on type, size, complexity and whether walls need to be cored for the duct and vent; price here does not include any lead slate vent)

Interior Lighting

  • Supply and fit series of recessed LED downlighters (eg in a kitchen): £70-£80 per fitting
  • Fit wall light: £60-£70
  • Fit track ceiling light (for spotlights): £110-£120
  • Supply and fit replacement ceiling rose: £35
  • Fit pendant light: £40-£70 (depends on design)
  • Supply and fit step lights: £70-£80 per fitting
  • Supply and fit peripheral ceiling lighting (basic living room size): £1500-£1750
  • Supply and fit ceiling picture light: £150-£165
  • Supply and fit plinth LED strip lighting (eg for kitchen and island): £500-£800
  • Supply and fit alcove shelf LED striplights: £80-£100 per shelf
  • Fit pelmet lights: £60 per fitting
  • Supply and fit new attic light with switch: £110
  • Supply and fit bulkhead light and switch (eg in storage cupboard): £80-£100
  • Supply and fit niche light (eg for shower shampoo niche): £185-£225

Exterior Electrics

  • Supply and fit external power socket: £125-£180
  • Fit patio lights / path lights: £65-£75 per fitting
  • Supply and fit new PIR security light: £120

Other Electrical

  • Supply and fit new aerial socket with coax: £100 per coax
  • Supply and fit CAT 6 network cables: £150-£200 per cable pair, depending on complexity and routing
  • Earth bonding for gas and water: £150-£200
  • Install wired smoke alarm / heat detector: £125-£175
  • Supply and fit new phone point: £60-£200

Price of Electrical Installations

What follows are some examples of larger electrical projects to give you an idea of the cost of electrics within an overall renovation.

kitchen-diner-side-return-extension

Supply and fit electrics for open plan kitchen diner above – £2800 – this included the following:

Supply and fit 17 recessed LED downlighters
Supply and fit 3 x 2-way switches of various gangs
Fit 2 wall lights supplied by others
Fit 2 pendants supplied by others
Fit 2 pelmet lights supplied by others
Supply and fit an LED strip plinth light
Supply and fit 6 double sockets
Power for wet UFH
Power for new boiler
Power for 8 appliances

kitchen lighting

Supply and fit electrics for open plan kitchen diner above with separate utility room – £3300 – this included the following:

Supply and fit 31 recessed LED downlighters
Supply and fit 3 x 2-way switches of various gangs
Fit 2 wall lights supplied by others
Fit 1 pendant supplied by others
Fit 1 celing light supplied by others in utility
Fit 1 pelmet light supplied by others in utility
Supply and fit an LED strip plinth light
Supply and fit 7 double sockets
Power for wet UFH
Power for new boiler
Power for 6 appliances
kitchen diner in bath

Supply and fit electrics for new open-plan kitchen diner above – £4000

basement conversion games room

Supply and fit electrics for basement with home cinema above (16 LED downlighters on 3 circuits, 3 wall lights, 6 double sockets, wiring for surround sound, electrics for boiler and water softener, 2 bulkhead lights in storage cupboards) – £3000

home network hub

Supply and install 14 Cat 6 points with ethernet over 4 floors in 5 rooms – £1600.

prices of typical tasks as part of a larger home renovation

colour-matched socket

Supply and fit new double socket – £70-£80 per socket (colour-matched sockets extra)
Supply and fit lighting circuit with switch – £60-£70 per circuit

stainless range cooker

Supply and fit electrics for wet underfloor heating control – £250 – £300
Supply and fit electrics for boiler – £250 – £325

bathroom cabinet
Supply and fit electrics for bathroom cabinet – £90 – £110
Supply and fit electrics for water softener – £60
Supply and fit shaving point – £75 – £90

shower enclosure in bath
Supply and fit mid-range extractor fan – £240 ( includes coring hole in wall)
Supply and fit large extractor fan in loft space – £175 (does not include lead slate work for vent)
paintable ceramic wall light
To fit a wall light supplied by others – £60-£70
Supply and fit bulkhead light in eaves storage space – £80 – £100

contemporary art over bath
Supply and fit wall-washer recessed light (the picture light above) – £150 – £165
colourful dining room
Fit a pendant light fitting supplied by others – £40 – £70

Supply and fit 5A circuit for table lamps etc – £75 – £85 per socket

tracked spotlights

Fit section of track lighting supplied by others- £110 – £120

gloss black TV unit

Fit speaker cable for surround sound (one room) – £240 – £300

Exterior House Lighting

Fit 10 exterior path lights supplied by others – £650 – £800

Price of a house re-wire

home renovation

Re-wire 3 bed Edwardian terrace house (over 3 floors) – £6000
Re-wire 3 bed standard 30s semi – £4500

lansdown road bath

Re-wire 6-storey townhouse (with basements) (from scratch) – £12 500

Re-wire large 4 bedroom detached house – £10000

general house renovation

If you are looking into the cost of home electrics as part of a broader home refurbishment, you might like to read about our house renovation service, or call 07711 857670.

Because we’ve renovated many houses over the past 14 years, we’ve built up a database of typical costs. This page on the cost of home electrics is one of several; many of our readers are also keen to know the cost of a house renovation.

We also share our practical experiences of home renovation with readers through a series of guides, some of which are linked below.  Our blog also contains other advice sheets which you may find useful.

To see more of our house renovations in Bath and Bristol, with plenty of lighting examples, please visit our portfolio.

 

 

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