I charge £65 for a call out (Cardiff City Centre – plus any parking fees) which includes thirty minutes of working time followed by £25 per hour after that, plus any parts required. I offer evening and weekend appointments at no additional cost. There are no hidden extra charges or VAT to be added. For jobs lasting longer than one day I will provide a written estimate to complete the works. For diagnostic work such as rcd tripping investigation, half a day is currently £110 rising to £210 for a full working day.
I accept Debit/Visa/MasterCard and BACS payment either through QuickBooks online or at your premises with a card reader.
Prices are based on the amount of time the jobs take to complete, the overall distance travelled and parts required.
Pricing examples of recently completed jobs include:
Replacement ceiling rose light fitting – £65
Electrical installation condition reporting – from £150
6ft twin fluorescent weatherproof lamp with switch inside loft area – £150
Replacement exterior LED, PIR operated security light (2-year warranty) – £95
Replacement full RCBO consumer unit from £475
Replacement shower isolator switch – £75
More about electrician’s charges….
Charges vary on several factors including which part of the country you are in, how many staff are employed and if the business has a premises, for example. Electricians in Cardiff have different overheads and profit margins, which is why their charges can vary and the reason most customers decide to obtain a few estimates. Customers should make sure they are a fair comparison. The way a job is completed (such as surface mounting cables instead of burying them in a wall) and the parts used can make a big difference to the price. Sometimes there are additional items required to complete a job to the latest wiring regulations (such as earthing, bonding and RCD protection), which means additional costs to what the customer is expecting to install a shower for example. These extra items are usually left out by someone doing electrical work in a DIY capacity who are unaware of the regulations.
Electrical certification and building compliance charges
Some work in dwellings is notifiable to the local building control department and the electrician is charged by their trade association (currently £3.60) to submit these details to them. The customer will receive a copy of the building compliance certificate, which can be requested by insurers in the event of a claim or solicitor when selling a property.
A lot of electrical work requires a certificate to be issued upon completion stating it has been carried out to the latest wiring regulations and the results obtained from the tests that have been carried out. The tests for a piece of minor work will check the circuit being altered (such as an extra socket in the living room) will disconnect in the necessary time in the event of a fault. Most electricians use either a paper-based or online system whereby the requester will receive a copy for themselves. The current charge for a minor works certificate (for installing a security light for example) is £1.20.