A guide to installing new plug sockets, including the cost of all of the materials and labour, along with what the job entails.
Installing a new plug socket is a simple and effective way of increasing your properties power source in a particular area. In most cases, this can be done very easily by connecting an additional power source to an already existing electrical system.
Installing an additional plug socket will reduce the risk and hazards associated with using multiple power outlets and extension cables. While the process is relatively straightforward, you should consider hiring a professional and qualified electrician to carry out the work for you. Depending on the complexity of the job, this can often be completed in one day or less.
There is a couple of cost affecting factors that you should consider before hiring a tradesperson to install your new plug sockets for you. The first being how many sockets you are going to need. On average, the cost for installing an additional single plug socket to your home will cost between £70-£100 per socket. This price includes your electrician's labour, which may vary depending on the tradesperson you hire. Perhaps you are hoping to add a double socket, in which case the cost will increase. On average, the cost of installing a double socket, including labour, is between £90-£150 per socket.
The type of socket you choose will also determine the cost of your project. For example, there is a wide range of plug sockets available on the market today, some including USB ports and other connectivity features. These sockets will likely cost more than a standard, single plug socket. USB sockets are popular amongst homeowners that require multiple charging outlets for mobile phones, tablets and other electronics. There is also a lot of socket styles, colours and finishes for you to choose from, which would better compliment the interior of your home.
The table below is designed to help you gain a better understanding of these cost affecting factors, and how they should be considered when determining your project budget. Please note, all prices shown are estimates and should be used roughly as a guide only.
|Job Description||Socket Cost||Time Frame||Labour Cost||Total Cost|
|Installing a Single Socket||£35||1-2 Hours||£40||£75|
|Installing a Double Socket||£50||1-2 Hours||£40||£90|
|Installing a USB Single Socket||£65||1-2 Hours||£40||£105|
|Installing a USB Double Socket||£90||1-2 Hours||£40||£130|
|Installing a WIFI & USB Socket||£130||1-2 Hours||£40||£170|
When you hire a professional electrician to install a new plug socket for you, the process is relatively simple and straightforward. Upon visiting your home, the electrician will discuss with you the requirements and expected outcomes from the installation. They will talk you through their recommendations for where your new sockets should lie, along with inspecting your electrical system to ensure that the process can be done safely and correctly.
All electrical work must comply with the stated building regulations, which are designed to ensure that your property is in a safe, electrical condition. These regulations apply to anyone who attempts the installation of any electrical work, regardless of their experience or qualifications. In many cases, new plug sockets are installed by connecting the cables to an existing power source in a space. For example, many homeowners choose to add additional plug sockets to a bedroom or an area where they may wish to add lighting or other electronics.
While it is possible to install a new plug socket yourself, we strongly urge you to hire a local professional who can safely carry out the work. Electrical work is extremely dangerous and imposes a huge threat to your health and property if carried out incorrectly. All electrical work must comply with local building regulations, no matter who carries out the install. If you are inexperienced and underqualified, you face breaching these regulations and ultimately risking the safety of your home.
Hiring a professional electrician will not only reduce the chance of a fire occurring in your home but can also save you money in the long run as the chances of needing costly repairs decreases. Not only that, but the installation can generally be completed in a much quicker and safer time, meaning that you save yourself the hassle and dangers associated with electrical work.
Before any work is carried out, the properties electrical system should be isolated and shut off. A hole is then cut into the area where the socket will be fitted. The new cables should be fed through this hole and connected to an adjacent or nearby power supply. This is often an existing plug socket or electrical power board.
The electrician will then connect the new cable to the new plug socket and map out the area where the wall fixings will be fitted. Once the cables are connected and correctly in place, the electrician will screw the socket to the wall using the designated fixings, finishing by attaching the socket's faceplate. Your socket will then be tested once the electricity is switched back on to ensure that it is in full working order.
As we mentioned, electrical work is extremely dangerous. There have been many cases where homeowners have been electrocuted, badly injured and even killed attempting to carry out DIY electrical work. Properties with poorly installed electrical points face an increased risk of fires occurring. Your home should also comply with local building regulations, designed to ensure that your electrical system is in a safe and working state.
If you attempt the installation of any electrical work, unsupervised or inexperienced, you will likely breach these building regulations. Breaching building regulations may have serious implications if you come to sell your property in the future.
Here is a list of commonly asked questions regarding having a plug socket installed.
While it is possible for a confident DIY-er to install a plug socket themselves, we strongly advise against it. The safer and more efficient option would be to hire a professional electrician who is capable of doing the job for you.
On average, in the UK, electricians charge between £30-£50 per hour for their labour. These charges will vary depending on the electrician used and also on the area that you live.
This will depend on how much you are likely to use the socket to charge devices such as mobile phones and tablet. The advantage of a USB plug socket means that you can conveniently charge a device without needing the need for a power adapter.
Depending on the model of your plug socket, unless your USB socket has a specific on and off switch, the port will constantly consume electricity.
The answer is no. While there are building regulations in place that dictate the installation of electrical work, you do not have to be electrically trained to legally carry out the work.
This is a problem that many DIY-ers face when attempting to install electrical work themselves. What happens is that the electrical supply usually still works, but in reverse order. This means that the power is still charging through the circuit, but overloading incorrect cables causing a power surge through the entire electrical system. This increases the chance of fires and user electrocution.