There are many reasons you may need a new socket. Multiple plugs from one socket or multi sockets can be dangerous and overload circuits, existing sockets may be old and need replacing, or it may be that you’re just changing a room layout for example.
Ultimately, adding a new socket is a good idea to ensure you can get power where you need it.
This article will cover what you can expect to pay for a new socket as well as factors that can affect the cost.
Average Installation Cost
We contacted 53 electricians for quotes to install one new plug socket including labour and materials. Prices exclude VAT.
|New Single Plug Socket||£100||£60 - £160|
|New Double Plug Socket||£115||£70 - £190|
|Installing USB Plug Socket||£130||£80 - £200|
Generally, each socket charged after the initial one will be less. Expect to pay £65 extra for every additional socket installed.
Factors That Affect the Cost
Although the prices are pretty standard for installing a new socket, there are important factors that an electrician needs to consider before offering a definitive quote.
If they can’t visit your home first, you can often send them a few pictures of the proposed area so they have an idea of the layout and potential issues.
State of Circuit
Additional sockets may cause issues if your fuse box or consumer unit can not cope with the additional load. An electrician will be able to advise further.
If there is no RCD protection present then that will need to be installed. BS 7671 wiring regulations state all new sockets installed require additional RCD protection.
This is needed so that an electrical safety certificate can be issued upon completion.
Proximity to Nearest Suitable Power Source
An electrician will need to know how easy it is to get a cable to the new socket.
Usually, the easiest way to do it is if there is a socket in another room back to back with where you would like the new socket. If it is further away from the cables, then extra wiring is needed and this will increase the cost.
Moving a socket a short distance can often be cheaper than adding a new one. This is because existing wiring can be used instead.
Type of Socket
Electricians will usually quote for standard white sockets.
Black nickel, polished chrome, brushed steel and other styles will cost more. Metal sockets must also be earthed, which adds extra cost.
There are a variety of styles and colours, so choose something that matches the decor.
Plug sockets come in different colours and styles so choose the one that best matches your needs and decor.
Floors & Walls Types
Generally, the prices quoted are based on the fact the carpets are up and there is access under the floorboards.
If floorboards need to be lifted, there may be an extra charge.
Depending on where the new socket is placed, the construction of the wall will play a role, i.e brick and plaster vs plasterboard.
Also be sure to check if your electrician will use a plasterer to repair the walls after the work has been completed, or if you will need to do this.
Labour costs in London and the south of England are generally more expensive than elsewhere.
If the contractor needs to travel beyond a certain radius, then they may add an extra fee on top. Unless you live in a very rural location or want to use an electrician that operates further afield, you shouldn’t need to pay extra.
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