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Fit single pendant light

edited 12 September at 7:46PM in Is this quote fair?
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edited 12 September at 7:46PM in Is this quote fair?
Cost to fit single pendant light (Glasgow). I believe existing wiring was there, as builder had existing pendant light removed but wouldn't reinstate as "wasn't on the plans" - £290, electrician arrived 4pm or later and was finished within a few hours.

Am I right to feel like a mug?

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  • edited 13 September at 8:54AM
    FreeBearFreeBear Forumite
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    edited 13 September at 8:54AM
    If the cables were already in place, fitting a pendant is, at most, a 20 minute job.
    A few hours suggests either extra work was involved (i.e. running new cables), or he was scratching body parts & filling time. Assuming the former, £290 may well be reasonable, but I don't know what the going rate is for an electrician in Glasgow. Even if it is the going rate, I'd be miffed at paying that much for a simple job.
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    So how long is 'a few hours'? Presumably, when you booked him, you asked what his callout charge or hourly rate was, and how long it might take?
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  • binaobinao Forumite
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    Say 3 hours, so £100 per hour. 

    Cash ? :'(


  • Susan1942Susan1942 Forumite
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    I had an electrician put up two ceiling lights and two wall lights. It was simply changing them over. He sent me the cost on  messenger £260 There was no timing no actual bill or VAT.
    I told him I didn't expect it to cost so much. He had done some work for my daughter.
    He asked me how much I wanted to pay. He then messaged to say I didn't need to pay anything. I said absolutely not 
    I live in Harrogate so I looked at.the hourly rate of a electrician. Was £30-50 
    He had been here for just over 2 hours. I paid him £180 which I thought was plenty. No materials were used.
    There were other things I wanted done but I would not use him. I think he is an engineer rather than just an electrician. He seems to have worked abroad a lot.
    I had another electrician to do the work and got his bill in the post yesterday £181 including VAT.
    I am very happy with that.
  • ss2020jdss2020jd Forumite
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    That sounds very expensive, even for a city. I know my electrician said it would work out cheaper for me to have an electrician there for half a day and do several fittings at once. I just checked the invoice and it was £30 per hour - total charge was £120 for fitting seven wall lights, and one large ceiling fitting/multi-pendant. The wires were all there and there were just bulbs with basic plastic rose fittings that the previous owners left when they removed their light fittings.
     
  • RisteardRisteard Forumite
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    To be blunt an Electrician charging £30/hour in this day and age is undercharging, regardless of location. It is in no way a realistic expectation.
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    Risteard said:
    To be blunt an Electrician charging £30/hour in this day and age is undercharging, regardless of location. It is in no way a realistic expectation.
    I did think it was extremely reasonable so did give a bit extra as a tip and kept the tea and biscuits flowing. That was early this year so suspect prices have gone up. They had done a bit of work for me before and I was very impressed so got them back. 
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