Any Electrical Wizards out there?! Advice on Electrical Quote needed :)

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Hi All

Thanks for taking the time to read this :)

I've just bought a 3 bedroom flat in London, around 1,220 square foot and recently had a DVP2 Electrical Report done, the results came out as 'Poor' specifing the following problems:

- No earthing on lighting circuit upstairs and downstairs
- No water bond
- High R1 and R2 reading on cooker circuit
- No RCD protection
- Consumer unit not labelled up properly
- Incorrect labels and conductors not identified properly
- Fan in WC 240V too close to Shower Unit.

The electrician we used to do the survey has stated the following work to be done:

KICHEN - X12 Down Lights and Switches
HALL - X6 Down Lights and X4 Switches
BEDROOM 1 - X4 Down Lights and Swithces
W.C . - X2 Down Lights and Switches
BEDROOM 2 -1 CEILING ROWS and switches Change CCU (fuse Board)
Change CCU (Fuse Board)
Chase cabling into walls

They are quoting a total cost of £2,967 including VAT, Parts and Labour (£536.50 of this quote includes chasing cabling into the walls) as at the moment the cabling is running untidly along the skirting board and over door frames etc.

I am no electrical expert but this seems rather a lot to me! Does anyone have any ideas on whether this is a fair price? I don't want to overpay!

Thanks

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  • booty40uk
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    Hi Tara

    Does the price include making good the chases? Also does it include the light fittings themselves or are you supplying them?

    Andy
  • keith969
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    Always get at least 3 quotes!
    For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.
  • Tara1981
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    Hi Andy

    This price includes everything :)

    It's difficult to know whether it is a fair price or not as none of the work was seperated out into different costs etc.

    Any advice greatly appreciated, I don't want to overpay!

    Tara
  • booty40uk
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    Hi Tara

    Very approximately you are looking at £500 in materials, £536 for the chasing and making good, £200 for certification and £450 for vat. That leaves about £1300 for the electrician and probably an apprentice or labourer. May be slightly on the high side but not too bad.

    Get a couple of more quotes and compare.

    HTH

    Andy
  • Chippy_Minton_2
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    booty40uk wrote: »
    Hi Tara

    Very approximately you are looking at £500 in materials, £536 for the chasing and making good, £200 for certification and £450 for vat. That leaves about £1300 for the electrician and probably an apprentice or labourer. May be slightly on the high side but not too bad.

    Get a couple of more quotes and compare.

    HTH

    Andy

    So if the spark does all his labour cost is £1836?

    How is the £200 for certification broken down?
    A further £200 to the spark? Making his total £2036?
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  • booty40uk
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    So if the electrician does his own labour, he will be there that much longer with extra material costs therefore warrenting the extra cost.

    Certification is generally done on a per circuit basis......typically around £30 to £40 per circuit. By the description given and the lighting load alone, there will be at least 4 lighting circuits, at least 1 ring main, cooker and possibly heating. There may be a shower as well or maybe 2 ring mains instead of 1? £200 sounds about right.

    As my original post stated in the 1st two words............"very approximate".
  • Steve_the_fitter
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    Get a couple more quotes. To me this seems alot. You could probably get a complete rewire for less
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