Last Updated on October 12, 2021

Electrician Cost – UK Prices And Rates for 2022

Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Construction expert and founder of Loftera.

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Did you know that electricity is a major cause of accidents in homes, resulting in 20,000 fires [1] across the country each year?

Rewiring your house is just one of the many ways you can ensure a safe electricity supply to avoid disruption to your daily activities.

This article will explore the cost of house rewiring, as well as other typical electrical work you may require, and how much most electricians charge for it.

Rewiring Your House

Over time, electrical wiring can deteriorate and pose a serious safety risk to your home. As sustainability has become a bigger societal concern, we have moved to using more and more electricity in our everyday lives. 

Wiring in older houses was installed to supply the lesser amount of electricity used during that time. Nowadays, we need updated wiring to suit modern-day levels of use.

With the right electrician, rewiring your house is a straightforward process that can save thousands of pounds worth of damages in the long run. Investing in house rewiring will also improve electrical safety and provide an opportunity to modernise your home. This, in turn, will future-proof your house for selling down the line.

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What Is A House Rewire?

One of the most important electrical jobs – rewiring a house – involves a qualified electrician replacing all the electrical wiring around your home with new wiring, and upgrading any associated equipment.

Rewiring should be done every 25 years, and may be necessary when moving into a newly purchased house that hasn’t been rewired for a long time. The job requires at least a couple of days of work, depending on the size of your property.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of rewiring a property varies based on the size of your home.

The table below outlines the average costs you can expect to pay for rewiring across different types of properties.

Size of PropertyAverage Cost
1 Bedroom£1800-£3500
2 Bedrooms£2300-£4000
3 Bedrooms£3000-£4500
4 Bedrooms£3500-£5500
5 Bedrooms£4500-£6500

While paying for a house to be rewired can seem like a large cost at the outset, in the long run, it will hopefully save money by helping you avoid  damage to your property from faulty rewiring. Investing in rewiring can also modernise your electrical fittings for future sales.

Why Should I Rewire My House?

Not only is rewiring an important part of ensuring your house is kept up to date, but it presents an opportunity to bring your fittings up to date and ensure they comply with modern regulations.

This gives you the chance to upgrade features such as modern central heating controls, alarms, doorbells, and smoke detectors. You could also add new features, like outdoor lighting, and rewire telephone and aerial sockets where necessary.

Another consideration is to redesign the wiring plan for sockets and switches, even increasing the number of plug sockets you have around the house. This can make the house more attractive for future buyers.

Signs that a property needs re-wiring include:

  • If the switches on the fuse box (also known as consumer units) are made on iron, or the back is wooden. In this case, you likely  require a consumer unit replacement, along with updated wiring.
  • If the cables surrounding the consumer unit are covered in either lead, rubber or fabric.
  • If the fuse box doesn’t have built-in RSDs and circuit breakers. This means your fuse box is outdated. These components are necessary to break the electrical circuit in dangerous situations and work as a measure to prevent fires in instances such as a power surge.

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What Are The Costs Of Other Common Electrical Jobs?

There are a myriad of different ways we can improve our homes, in terms of both efficiency and aesthetics. While most people immediately think of a new lick of paint or new kitchen cabinets as a surefire way to spruce up a property, hiring a registered electrician for electrical installations can also work to modernise and streamline our homes.

On some occasions, you may  require an emergency electrician to fix issues such as a blown fuse. Knowing the possible cost of these common jobs when deciding to hire an electrician can ensure you’re  well prepared for every eventuality.

How Electrician Rates Are Calculated

When working out how much to charge, a local electrician will typically factor in multiple considerations such as:

  • Where you live
  • The work you require
  • The urgency of the job
  • How long the job will take
  • The materials required

Many qualified electricians charge an hourly rate, and they’ll also factor in overheads such as transport costs and specialist equipment when quoting for an electrical job. 

To guarantee that every job pays for itself, electrical contractors will typically charge a call-out fee, with the first hour of a job often being charged at around double the normal rate. They’ll likely also insist on a minimum of one hour pay as the minimum charge.

The average call-out fee is around £45 per hour, but this can increase right up to around £100, especially in London and the South East.

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Emergency Electrician Costs

When a job is particularly urgent and could pose a danger to people living in a property, an emergency electrician will be called out and expected to arrive at the property as soon as possible. 

Situations that require this type of emergency response include burning wires, loss of power, smoke emanating from an electrical outlet, and electrical fires.

In these situations, the electrician’s hourly rate may be a lot more due to the time-sensitive nature of the job at hand. In emergency situations, you can expect to pay up to 2.5/3 times the average hourly rate for a competent person to come out and fix the problem in a timely manner.

Electrical Installations Costs

There are many non-emergency scenarios in which you may require a visit from a qualified electrician, to carry out a small repair job or electrical inspection.

Earth Bonding

Earthing and bonding is a way of creating a safe route for a current to flow, used to greatly reduce the risk of electric shocks if an electrical installation is faulty.

Industry earthing and bonding standards are frequently updated, and existing electrical installations can quickly become out of date. If an installation is not up to date with current standards, you’ll need to call an electrician. They can improve the safety installation through earth bonding, a move that will also lengthen the appliance’s lifespan.

The average UK cost of this small job is around £145, but can cost considerably more or less depending on geographical location and job requirements.

Installing Electric Showers

Having an electric shower installed is a common job. It usually takes around 3-8 hours to install this appliance The job costs around £350 for the installation itself, on top of the cost of the new shower (between £50-£350). In total, you’re looking at a total cost of up to £700.

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Installing Extractor Fans

Rooms with poor ventilation can be at risk of  damp and mould. To remove excess moisture in the air, installation of an extractor fan is an excellent solution. The average total cost (including installation and materials) is around £200.

This increases by up to £30 when installing an extractor fan in a room with a bath or shower, as these appliances cause extra humidity. 

Moving an existing extractor fan to a new location requires extra wiring, and may increase the cost by another £200 or so.

Electrical Safety Certificate

You should carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) if you have any concerns about your home electrics and their condition. The recommendation is to have one carried out at least every ten years. If you’re a landlord, it’s worth producing a report for every new tenant to avoid any issues or fees for emergency call-outs.

The cost of an electrical safety certificate ranges from around £150 for small homes to £300 for larger properties.

The Cost of Other Common Small Jobs

Other small jobs that may be required in a typical property include light fitting, plug socket replacement and electric hob installation, the cost of which are shared below.

Electrical JobAverage Cost
Consumer Unit Replacement£400-£500
Electric Cooker Fitting£50-£100
Heated Towel Rail Installation£180-£250
Light Fitting£30-£100
Power Sockets Replacement£30-£60
Smoke Alarm Installation£80-£150

FAQs

To save on the electrician’s cost, can I complete electrical jobs by myself?

Unless you have the skills and experience yourself to carry out an electrical job, this is not advised. Electricians cost money for a good reason – they are highly trained in their field and understand how to carry out jobs safely and efficiently. If you want to save money, it may be worth getting advice from friends and family about local tradespeople to approach who have reasonable costs and great reviews.

How do I know if there’s an electrical fault in my property?

If you’re at all concerned about the condition of your home electrics, it’s a good idea to get an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) carried out by a qualified electrician.

However, there are certain faults you can spot easily around your house by watching out for the following occurrences:

  • Buzzing or fizzing noises coming from power sockets
  • Strange odours emanating from a power socket or light switch
  • Flickering lights
  • Signs of gnawing on wires – this can indicate rodents in your home
  • Consumer unit regularly tripping

In the event of any of the issues listed above, getting an electrician to  take a look is paramount.

What qualifications should my electrician have?

Any qualified electrician must have passed Level 3 Industry qualifications before they’re able to carry out most electrical work without supervision.

In terms of trading bodies, there are a few names to look out for that can give electricians extra credibility and put your mind at ease regarding their level of skill and experience:

  • Electrical Contractors’ Association (also known as ECA)
  • National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (also known as NICEIC)
  • The BSI Kitemark
  • ELECSA

When I rewire my house, does the redundant wiring have to be removed?

It’s good practice to remove all of the old and redundant wiring that was previously installed when getting your house rewired. However, if this isn’t possible, the redundant wiring must be completely disconnected from the electrical supply so as not to pose a safety risk.

How can I save money on hiring an electrician?

To ensure that electricians don’t spend any more time than they have to when carrying out a job in your home, helping prepare your property for their visit can cut costs. For example, moving furniture out of the way before rewiring takes place will make sure your electrician is using their time more efficiently. Therefore you’re not paying for unnecessary hours of work.

 The cost of an emergency call-out can be a lot steeper than a regular call-out, so keeping on top of electrical concerns before they turn into a safety hazard is crucial. Scheduling a safety assessment to be carried out by a registered electrician will prove a lot more cost-effective than waiting until there’s an urgent situation that requires emergency attention. 

Finally, one of the best ways to ensure the electrician you hire doesn’t charge you more than is needed is to ask local friends and family for recommendations of tried and trusted local electricians.

Looking at online reviews and testimonials can also be a valuable way to find an electrician who will charge you a reasonable amount and provide an excellent service to match.

The Cost Of Common Electrician Jobs – In Summary

Electrical jobs can be expensive, especially for people who live in larger properties or in the South East of the country. However, due to the increased electrical demand in the modern world, having safe and up-to-date electrics in your home is crucial. 

Hiring a recommended local electrician to undertake electrical checks and improvements will prove invaluable for ensuring your safety and even increasing the saleability of your property.