Cost of Installing an Outside Socket
This guide covers everything you need to know about the cost of installing an outside socket.
Cost of Hiring a Plug Socket Electrician
Things to Consider When Installing Outside Plug Sockets
When you’re fitting an outside socket, you will have to make sure the plug socket you buy is waterproof. It should also have frost damage cable insulation, ensuring no cables are exposed to water, mud, ice or snow.
You would need to follow the building regulations if you’re carrying out electrical work outside your house, which would mean you’d have to make an application to your local authority’s building control department or approved inspectors. This is why we recommend hiring a professional electrician who will be qualified and regulated to install your plug socket.
The cost of installing an outside plug socket will include the socket itself which can vary between £15 and £60, and the labourer’s hourly rate to install the socket.
When choosing who to hire to complete the job for you I would do some background research yourself to see if you can find some pictures of their previous work and check they are on the electrical safety register. Doing some research of your own will make sure you get the best trade possible. When the job is completed you should also ask for a certificate so the work has been signed off so you know its up to standards.
Doing it Yourself
Whilst you can install an outside plug socket yourself, it will come with many complications. First of all, you will need to apply for building regulation consent with your local council which will cost you. Secondly, there will be many cables and wires you would have to be dealing with, which should always be left to a qualified electrician.
You would have to pay for the cost of building regulation consent, the plug socket and equipment to safely install the plug socket yourself. It would take a lot of time and effort to fit the plug socket yourself and could cost you a lot of money to fix any damage you make if you attempt it yourself.
As the installation of your outside plug socket could be complicated for yourself, it is highly recommended you will want to compare up to 3 quotes from professionals giving them as much detail about the job as you can.
To avoid any electrical shocks or any health and safety issues, use My Job Quote to find a professional and qualified electrician to install your outside plug sockets.
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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Submitted by Emma
I NEED A NEW ELECTRIC COOKER TO BE CONNECTED PLEASE. I WORK FULLTIME AND SHOP CANNOT COMPLETE JOB AFTER 5PM OR WEEKENDS WHICH IS WHAT I NEED.
Submitted by Sue
The plug socket works sometimes then it doesn't work other times. When it's working it makes a crackle/fizzle sound. When it doesn't work it affects the plug next to it. It makes a plug nearby not work. Might put on a new socket. But sounds like somethings short circuit/ wiring.
Submitted by Ciaran
Cooker main socket not working. Thanks.
Submitted by Nertil
Need 2-3 new plug sockets fitted in room. Thanks.