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Hi all

I am having an extension done at the moment. Everything gets reshuffled inside the house so will be rewiring all rooms. I am planning to run cables in place and put back boxes myself but get electrician to install main board and all the sockets once plastering is complete. I studied as electrician in college and was working for 2 years but left industry about 13 years ago. Since then I am doing AV (Audio, video, lan) installations for living. What might be the difference in price if I'll get electrician to do the whole lot against the second fix. 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and open plan kitchen with all appliances washing mashine, dishwasher, oven, hob, fridge freezer. Down lights in kitchen and standard lights elsewhere. House is empty shell at the moment. Couple electricians I met on site (in London, I live in Northampton) saying it is £5000 on average to rewire three bed house. Is it really that expensive? Will electrician sign up for second fix only as I will need a certificate for building control?

Gavin John Hyde

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£5k would be towards the top end of my thinking depending on spec of accessories, consumer unit etc... i would be surprised if your local prices are like baths.
You would need to get the electrician involved from day 1 to discuss cable routes, install methods etc. that said if you are confident in your abilities and plan it well why have you not thought about paying the £400ish to the council tell them your plans then they will send somebody to test it all afterwards.


Regular EF Member
I notionally charge £1k per bedroom so that would be 3k min. However as it is occupied I would add £1k making it 4k assuming a bog standard sockets and pendant each room. Anything fancier than that would easily be reaching toward £5k.

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