How much do electricians charge in 2020?
How much does a good electrician cost?
How much an electrician costs is largely determined by three factors:
- The electrician themselves
- Where you live
- The work you require
Most electricians charge per hour of their time or, a daily rate with most job prices including testing and certification.
Be sure to ask your electrician to break down their costs so you know what you're paying for
It's always good practice to ask your local electrician to break down the costs in their quote so you know exactly how much you're paying and what you are being charged for.
Where you live
How much an electrician costs does depend on where you live, prices in London and the South East tend to be higher than the rest of the UK but this is a relatively minor factor - the type of job rather than location will always have a higher impact on price.
The work you require
As modern houses have electrical wiring and fittings which comply with modern regulations, electrical jobs in modern homes will be cheaper than those in older or period properties, especially if wiring needs to be brought up to standard.
Electrical work in older houses can be more expensive than newer homes
You can time and save money by ensuring that your local electrician has easy access to the sockets and wiring that they are going to be working on.
While many electricians do charge per hour, the work being carried out will always dictate the cost. We have compiled a list of average prices for common electrician jobs:
Average Local Heroes electrician prices
Updated January 2020
Install a video doorbell
Video doorbells, such as Ring doorbells, are growing in popularity in the UK. Many video doorbells, especially those which rely on a wired connection require professional installation.
Price range: £83 - £138
Average (most common) price: £110
Replace a ceiling light
Replacing electrical lights involves ensuring all safety precautions have been followed as well as making sure all wiring etc. has been properly hidden.
Price range: £75 - £125
Average (most common) price: £100
Over time plug sockets can become damaged or scorched through use, especially in older homes. Alternatively you may want to just be rid of long extension cords running around your walls and want a new plug socket installed. Working with electrical sockets can be dangerous work which should only be attempted by a qualified electrician.
Price range: £68 - £175
Average (most common) price: £90
A reoccurring trip in a fusebox is likely a faulty appliance or an issue with the wiring but could also be something more serious such as overloaded circuits or a fault with the fusebox itself. It's essential a qualified electrician investigates this issue to ensure it can be safely resolved.
Price range: £83 - £139
Average (most common) price: £111
Light switches and pull cords
Broken light switches and pull cords make lighting your home an issue and cause other issues with your home's wiring. Whether your light switch is broken, you would like more control with dimmer switches or just a different style, a qualified electrician is always best for the job.
Price range: £64 - £107
Average (most common) price: £85
Install an electric hob
To avoid damaging work surfaces, wiring or the appliance itself, installing an electric hob should onyl be carried out by professionals.
Price range: £93 - £247
Average (most common) price: £127
Repair an electric shower
A faulty shower is one of the most irritating problems in the home. Getting it fixed properly and quickly is essential to any busy home.
Price range: £84 - £140
Average (most common) price: £112
A home needs to be able to power the various appliances, lighting and devices a family uses without being overloaded. Rewiring the home to be fit for this purpose is a complex job which should only be carried out by a Part P qualified electrician.
The cost of rewiring a home depends on the number and size of rooms, with larger rooms or more rooms required increasing the cost. The average costs provided here are for a three bedroom house.
Price range: £851 - £1417
Average (most common) price: £1134
Electrical Inspection Report
An Electrical Inspection Report determines whether the electrical supply in a property is safe for use. While a periodic inspection is recommended, it is essential for older properties or those with older electrical fittings.
Price range: £120 - £200
Average (most common) price: £160
For more prices, view the Local Heroes electrician data sheet.
All Local Heroes electricians are trusted, local tradespeople. We check that all of them are qualified for the job they are doing, have positive customer reviews, they have to be fully insured and follow the Local Heroes code of conduct.
Our guarantee, backed by British Gas means all work is guaranteed for 12 months and if there’s a problem your Local Hero will come back to fix it.