Cost Of Installing Fire Alarms
Know the true cost of a new fire alarm and smoke detector? Let's take a look at the options, and how much it will actually cost to do this work.
A new fire alarm and smoke detector system can keep you and your family safe. It is also going to keep your property safe in the event of smoke, carbon monoxide, and other possible threats. If you have a dated system, or one which is not up to code/compliance, then the time has come to replace this system.
Although it is a simple replace job; when it comes to repairs, you might want to hire a professional. And, in some cases, when rewiring work has to be completed, it is also best to hire a professional or trades-person, as opposed to attempting to rewire and perform a new installation yourself.
Cost To Install A Fire Alarm
What To Consider When Installing A New Fire Alarm System
Above are the quoted prices if you have to hire a professional. Costs will get rather high when you hire an electrician, in the event of rewiring. If however, it is simply replacing the old and updating with a new, you can get by with under £300 in total costs.
When it comes to budgeting, make sure you set aside the right amount for: installation, a new alarm system, wiring, and other electrical work. If they have to cut/sand/repair walls, the costs are also going to rise when changing your fire alarm system.
For those who want something more advanced, it might also require rewiring or compliance and safety work. In such cases, this will take a longer period of time to get/complete, and it is also going to increase the price you will pay for these services to be rendered.
Ultimately, homeowners have to consider their family’s safety; a new fire alarm system is one such way to improve/increase levels of safety in the home. So, when the time comes to replace the dated system, these are a few aspects to keep in mind, to ensure you do choose the right system, and best professionals for new installation.
Doing it Yourself
DIY jobs are limited when it comes to upgrading your alarm system. This should only be attempted when it is simply swapping out one alarm with a new one. And, even in these cases, you should be familiar with wiring and general electrical work as well.
Apart from these basic jobs, it is best to hire a licensed electrician. Not only to ensure they properly wire, remove, and repair what is damaged, but also to ensure the new alarm is properly connected, and functioning as it should.
Most alarm upgrades are simple in nature. But, if things get complex, it is best for you to avoid the DIY, and hire a licensed electrician instead. It will save time, headaches, and will cost far less in the long run as well. So, keep this in mind if you learn your home is not up to code, needs new wiring, or if you are planning to upgrade to a wireless or more modern alarm system. You will be far better served by hiring a licensed professional to do these jobs.
Hiring A Licensed Electrician
- Hire those who are specialists, and have experience with wiring/rewiring jobs
- Choose a company which does alarm system upgrades and installation jobs
- Choose a company based on reputation, longevity, customer reviews
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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