Average Labour Cost/Price to Replace a Socket/Plug

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does it Cost To Fit a Socket/Plug?


This price is based on an electrician's rate of £200 per day. It includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any
incidental materials he will need.

(The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

The following prices assume the work is done to “regulations” standard, plastering cables into the wall (but not redecorating), and leaving junction boxes “accessible” under floors which themselves are accessible. All materials are included, assuming white plastic face plates, not posh ones.

We also assume a
plasterer has to be brought in as electricians don’t do their own plastering. The electrician will then have to come back to fit the face plate because the plasterer wont plaster with it live and in place, because he uses loads of water. It is therefore an expensive process.

To swap a “normal” light switch for a dimmer switch, in the same position.

reposition an electrical socket or light switch a couple of feet away.

To fit a new electrical socket in a new position
To fit a new light switch in new position in a ground floor room.

To fit a new light switch in a new position in a bedroom
with an accessible attic

Material Information

White Plastic Double Socket Cost - £3.50
White Single Socket Cost - £2.50
Stainless Steel/Brass/Chrome Double Socket Cost - £10.00
Stainless Steel/Brass/Chrome Single Socket Cost - £18.00

White Single Light Switch Cost - £1.50
White Double Light Switch Cost - £2.50
Stainless Steel/Brass/Chrome Single Light Switch Cost - £10.00
Stainless Steel/Brass/Chrome Double Light Switch Cost - £15.00
Stainless Steel/Brass/Chrome Single Dimmer Switch Cost - £15.00
Stainless Steel/Brass/Chrome Double Dimmer Switch Cost - £20.00

White Fused Spur Cost - £5.00
Stainless Steel/Brass/Chrome Fused Spur Cost - £15.00

45 amp White Plastic Cooker Switch Cost - £8.00
45 amp Stainless Steel/Brass/Chrome Cooker Switch with Socket Cost - £45.00

5m 1.5mm Lighting Cable cost - £8.00
5m 2.5mm General Ring Circuit Cost - £10.00

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on the Cost of Fitting Switches and Sockets

To fit a new socket will require either “breaking into” an existing socket; or floor board removal, or ceiling damage, in order to find the supply cables.

The first option is the easiest but relies on the existing socket being part of the “ring circuit”. If the job is done “properly”, the new cable is then “chased in” which means setting it in the wall. Also it has to take prescribed routes, you can’t just run it anywhere you like.

This will then need to be plastered over which means possible
wallpaper removal and redecoration. An easier but far more visually obvious way, is to put the cables in surface “trunking” which is simply fixed to the wall.

If there is no suitable “adjacent” socket, then the floorboards will have to come up in either the “subject” room or the one in the floor above. If this is possible (what about your expensive
laminate flooring), it may be necessary to pull up more than expected until cables are eventually found. Also when existing cables are “tapped into”, junction boxes are used and legally these need to be accessible (not visible, just accessible), so they can’t be plastered over, but they can be left under floorboards, providing they are accessible.

When the cables are brought up from under the floor, the
skirting boards are in the way, getting cables behind them can be difficult.

To move an existing socket is likely to mean extending the supply cables. This means a junction box and that has to be accessible, so the old trick of setting the box where the old socket used to be and then plastering it over, is now illegal. The floor boards need to come up and it needs to be left under them, or it can be surface mounted in a white box which looks like a single socket. If fixed just above the skirting board, this doesn’t look too bad.

Light switches

Re siting an existing switch is easier than fitting a new one because the cables are already there. All the rules regarding cable routes and junction boxes apply here as well though, so the same problems will arise! Then there’s the redecoration.

Fitting a completely new switch means finding the relevant lighting circuit and that can be a nightmare. The only place you can be certain to find it is right in the centre of the ceiling (at the light), so a lot of furniture and floor boards in the room above have to be lifted.

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