Setting the right budget

How much should you expect to pay?

We know it's difficult to estimate how much a project will cost, that's why we've surveyed our tradesmen to give you an idea of how much you should expect to pay for specific jobs. Tradesmen all across the country have contributed to the cost guides, so the costs you see are an approximate national average.

Light switches

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Light switches £30 £60

Light switches are one of the most simple pieces of electrical equipment in your home, but that does not mean that they will not go wrong at some stage. The light switch may fail, become loose or the dimmer function may stop working. The most likely reason that you will have to call out an electrician to repair your light switches is simple wear and tear.

The switch mechanism can fail and wires may become worn or loosened. It is also possible that the light switch has been damaged or blown when fusing. This can be down to poorly-fitted switches, overloaded circuits or ageing electrics in your house. Your electrician should be able to use his expert knowledge to seek out the problem and either repair or replace the light switch.

You may also want to use the opportunity to have the electrician check other switches or do any other small electrical jobs around your home, especially if you have to pay a call out charge. You may, for example, want them to replace this or other switches with dimmer switches or have them give your fuse box and wiring the once over to ensure they are safe and functioning well.

Costs of the repair will mainly depend on the time taken, but if replacement switches are needed then the cost of these will also influence the cost of the job. Dimmers, multiple switches or decorative switches will obviously cost more than simple single white plastic switches.

Rated People surveyed 40 of our electricians across the country to find out how much it costs to carry out a range of electrical work on your home.

Please note these prices are average, do not include materials and are offered as guidance only, to help you budget when posting a job on Rated People. For a free quote tailored to your specific requirements, please contact our local electricians.


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