Common Electrician Jobs and Their Costs
We’ve decided to do the hard work for you. We’ve put together a list of prices for various jobs done by electricians, so you know when you’re being quoted through the nose. Most of these jobs include both the testing and certification.
You need to bear in mind that these tasks are a lot easier in new, or newer houses where the wiring and fittings are up to current regulations. On the other hand, in older houses, the work is likely to be more expensive.
Job: replace light fitting
This is a little job, but it’s a good place to start because most electricians have a minimum charge, to make it worth their time, For a lot of electricians that’s 1 year. For this 20 minute job, it might be more cost effective for you to
Many electricians will have a minimum charge (often the rate for one hour) for small jobs like this. It could work out more cost effective to get them to do several jobs at once. Some electricians will charge a call-out fee for a lot of the smaller jobs.
Job: perform an electrical inspection report
Many people don’t know that they are legally obliged to have their electrical wiring inspected, a minimum of every 10 years for as a home owner. If you’re a landlord, then it’s every 5 years.
As electricians charge by the hour, expect to be charged 3-4 hours of work. The inspection might take an hour, but there are a couple of hours in the office after to create the report as well.
Job: replace consumer unit
This is one of those jobs that is difficult to give you a pricing idea because it really depends on the state of the wiring and age of the house. But you should make sure you’re new unit comes with full testing.
If any faults are found during testing it could take extra time to diagnose problems and fix them.
Job: install electric shower
This is one of those jobs that requires a slightly different skillset because you need both skills and plumbing skills. Some electricians have the skill set and qualification to carry out the plumbing work and will cost accordingly. Otherwise, you need to look at calling a plumber as well.
This can be a large job, especially if the house is occupied. Rewiring usually takes at least two people to get the job done, you can have more people on the job the job will get done quicker. You’ll normally expect to be charged hourly, so if it take the combined team 20 hours, that’s how much you can expect to pay.