Previously the Merton Electricians blog spoke about the dangers of electrical wiring being installed incorrectly and why they should be inspected regularly. However today we will be talking about the costs of rewiring a house, or even just replacing a fixture such as your light bulb fixture. While the prices are usually dependant on the area that you live in or the size of the property itself, there is usually an average price. Here are some of the average prices for each service, using a three bedroom semi-detached house as an example.
Replacing a light fitting: Usually this will involve removing the already places rose and refitting a new light fixture which is supplied by the customer, and can cost anywhere from £40 - £60 for the maximum of an hours work.
Performing an electrical inspection report: This would be conducting a check on the safety of the within a three bed house, and the average price could be anything on average from £140 – £200. This would also take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours work over the space of a day or two.
Replacing a consumer unit: This would involve roughly a day’s work, and involves supplying and then fitting a new consumer unit. The average price for such a service would cost anything from £320 - £450.
Installing a new electrical shower/replacing an electrical shower: This involves simply fitting or replacing an electrical shower within a home, and can cost anywhere from £260 - £400 a time, over the space of anywhere from half a day to a full day.
Installing a lighting fixture within an attic/loft: This is simply fitting a lighting fixture within a loft/attic within the space of a few hours (assuming that you are not replacing said lighting fixture). This can cost anywhere between £80 - £150 depending on what is required.
Replacing kitchen lighting: This would involve stripping the previous kitchen lighting and replacing them with LED lights. This could take anywhere from 5 hours to a full day, and would usually cost anywhere from £300 - £450 a time.
Installing either an extra power socket, or two double power sockets together: Usually this can take anywhere from 2 – 5 hours, and the average price will be anywhere from £100 - £180 each. However, there is also the option to have one done, which would usually take 2 hours, and cost from £80 - £130.
Fitting or replacing an electrical cooker: Usually this would be a single fan electrical oven, but it can be any type. This would also be provided by the customer and not purchased by the electricians themselves. It wouldn’t take longer than 2 hours and could cost anywhere from £40-£80 depending on who you are contacting.
Repairing damaged power cables on a cleaning appliance: Due to the difficulties in performing this for an average person, this is a surprisingly popular request. It could cost anything from £40 - £60 for roughly an hours work.
Rewiring an average two-bed semi-detached or detached house: This would involve completely stripping and removing all of the old wiring and fittings, and replacing them with new wirings. This would also include every room from the bathroom, kitchen and living room, and could be anywhere from six to eight rooms. This would take anywhere from 5 – 8 days, and cost anywhere from £2,400 - £3,200.
Rewiring an average three-bed semi-detached or detached house: This would involve completely stripping and removing all of the old wiring and fittings, and replacing them with new wirings. This would also include every room from the bathroom, kitchen and living room, and could be anywhere from eight to ten rooms. This could take from 6 – 10 days, and cost anywhere from £3,000 to £4,200.
Rewiring an average four-bed semi-detached or detached house: This would involve completely stripping and removing all of the old wiring and fittings, and replacing them with new wirings. This would also include every room from the bathroom, kitchen and living room, and could be anywhere from ten to 12 rooms. This could take anywhere from 10 days to two weeks, and would cost anywhere from £3,600 to £5,200.
While most people believe that electrical fires are usually because of the electrical setup itself, there is a human error that is often to blame as well. It could easily be down to electrical equipment that is left on and forgotten about and needs to be switched off as easily as it could be the fault of improper wiring of home electrical circuits. Since electricity and electrical equipment is the major cause of accidental fires (with 9 out of 10 of those fires caused by electrical products) it highlights the importance of how dangerous electricity can be. Just because it is used every day does not mean that we should take it nor its safety for granted. Therefore, with respect treated towards electrical products and equipment, there are some steps you can follow to ensure this does not become an issue for you.
Calling electricians such as Merton Electricians to check the conditioning of your wiring can be very important to prevent such fires. This should be done when moving into a new home or property, and then again after every 8 years at the very least, with no more than 12 years apart. If you are renting, then you must ask your landlord to perform such a condition check, since they are legally responsible.
Checking your plug sockets regularly while also turning off any electrical products or equipment that you are not using will go a long way into preventing accidental electrical fires. If any plug sockets in your property feel at all hot, or there are burn marks surrounding the pluck sockets or areas, then you must request for a professional electrician to perform a check. While turning off electrical products or equipment, it wouldn’t hurt to check to see if there are any of these issues in your plug sockets. Fires can start very easily at night while you are asleep, and it would be very difficult for you to react.
When using handheld electrical equipment, you must always be careful. Certain electrical products and equipment can get very hot after using them and must always be turned off when you have finished with them. Hair straighteners, hair dryers or even curlers can get hot very quickly, and when coming into contact with any flammable materials such as curtains or even types of carpet, they can catch fire easily and quickly. Always ensure to turn off such equipment and keep away from flammable objects.
Checking the cabling of any products or equipment is also something that should be done regularly. Products such as kettles can have a frayed cable, whether from wear and tear or other means. A loose plug is also something that should be kept an eye on, and if you notice any of these signs then do not plug them into a socket. With objects such as kettles, water coming into contact with an opened cable is asking for trouble.
Never exceed the wattage of any fixtures in your property, such as a light fitting or lampshade. If the wattage of a light bulb is higher than what the fixture itself can handle, then you are inviting an electrical issue into your property.
Never overload any of your plug sockets or even adaptors with high electrical current products such as electrical heaters or irons, and always ensure that these items are not near curtains or flammable furniture. Always ensure that items such as electrical heaters are not being covered by dry clothes as well, since dry materials on clothing catch fire surprisingly easily.
There are more things to consider, but these are the most basic things to follow and avoid to preventing electrical fires in your property. With the necessary equipment such as a fire and smoke alarm in your house, you are half as likely to have a fatal accident, since it gives you enough time through making you aware that there is an issue. These alarms are very tidy, and cost no more than £15. They are also very easy to fit, and there are services that you can request to install these for you. Since there are 13,000 house fires started each year just in the kitchen alone, ensuring all rooms are covered is also a smart prevention step.
What better way to start our blog off with a post about how to start as an electrician (and how to apply for a job over here at Merton Electrician!)
Will being an electrician suit you?
Before you jump in, you should have a think about what your strengths are as a person. Being an electrician requires you to have a practical mind, as well as good analytical and problem-solving skills, work on a wide variety of different projects and very well organised! You will also need to have good manual dexterity, be approachable and friendly and have great communication skills.
You should also understand the importance of safety in the workplace, have an ability to understand technical drawings and a willingness to work at heights and in awkward and outside spaces. It would also be useful to have a driving licence.
If this sounds like you, then great, being an electrician may well suit you! Working as an electrician is a job filled with variety, different challenges, meeting new people everyday and working in new spaces in new ways, it’s definitely not your typical, 9-5 office job! It also repays hard work, if you put the time in the money can be great.
How do you become a qualified electrician?
In order to get qualified, first you will have to take level 1 & 2 diplomas in electrical installation. Once these are done you have a number of options; you may take part in an apprenticeship scheme with an electrical company to gain on-the-job skills and learning, you can gain a level 3 diploma in either electrotechnical services, installing electrotechnical systems & equipment or Electrical Installations, or you may look for work in the industry as a trainee (you can also gain these level 3 diplomas while working as a trainee). Once you have gained your level 3 Diploma, you will be fully qualified to work as an electrician!
The most common route taken to becoming an electrician is taking part in an apprenticeship scheme, this is due to the fact you can ‘earn while you learn’ by getting paid to learn on the job, while also completing your qualifications (and in some cases getting those paid for by a company).
There are a few general specialisations within the industry of electricians:
Of course what you choose to do will depend on what you enjoy and how you prefer to work! Some of these specialisations will require specialist qualifications in that area, for example, if you want to perform Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing), you will need to have an award that meets the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) standards. These can be obtained from City & Guilds and EAL. It is best to check whether the specialisation you’d like to get into requires you to have a specific qualification, especially so if it is work in a public capacity.
Electrician working conditions, hours and income
Generally you will work 38 hours a week and there are a number of different shift patterns you can work as an electrician: You can work in an office building, 8-6 while people are working there, you can be an on-call 24 hour emergency electrician, you can work a rota system in a residential block or any other number of patterns! Generally you will need to work overtime and travel to jobs
Bear in mind, if you apply to join us at Merton Electricians, you will be required to travel to different jobs, be willing to work unsociable hours and sometimes work overtime, you will also be required to hold a driver’s license with no points on it!
Income normally ranges from £19,000 to £30,000, with the lower end being those who have just qualified, as you gain more experience in the industry, you will be able to charge companies bigger rates to work with them. You will be paid for overtime and you may also be eligible for bonuses. If you work for a company that requires you to travel long distances, then you may also be paid for travel time, travel costs and accommodation.
Can you be self-employed as an electrician?
You absolutely can, in fact back in 2014 it was found that a tenth of all electricians are self-employed. As long as your qualifications and skills meet the IET standards and you provide yourself with enough clients to make more money than working for a company, there’s no reason you shouldn’t look into becoming a self-employed electrician! The only thing we would say against it is that you then have to take care of the job of marketing yourself, which can be a very tough thing to do with the amount of competition out there now!
Wondering how to join us here at Merton Electrician?
Simply give us a call on 020 8050 1397, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you'd like to work for us, and we'll keep you on file for when we'd like to expand and hire!
In this blog we'll cover lots of areas of electrical services, the kind of jobs that our electrician team do, provide some FAQs on electrical DIY tasks and some other information. Keep an eye on it as we're looking to fill it with information about electrician services by posting once a week. And remember, if you need an electrician in Merton, you can contact us today either by phone at 020 8050 1397 or through our contact form!