There are a number of common questions many customers have with regards to home rewires. To help, we have compiled a list of those most frequently asked.
The electrical wiring system throughout your home powers all your appliances, equipment and lighting which over time will need replacing. A house rewire replaces all the wiring and upgrades the equipment used.
There are no set guidelines, however the rule of thumb is your electrical wiring should be replaced every 25 years.
An electrician may have listed a date on the original certification. Without this its difficult to identify an exact date, however our electricians can usually estimate at survey by testing and inspecting the electrical installation including age of fuse box, switches, sockets and cabling.
Most rewires are undertaken on homes being renovated, extended or if the house is forty to fifty years old.
If your home is old, you may find there is an electrical issue/breakdown or shortage of outlets. A rewire allows you to update your old fittings and choose how many sockets you require in each room and decide where they are best located.
Another advantage of rewiring is it gives you the option to install energy efficient lighting and smart controls to automate and reduce energy bills.
Due to the work involved and the time it takes, rewiring is disruptive. You need to allow for approximately 10 days of disruption but this does depend on the size of your home. Work includes preparatory, the actual electrical work and the clearing up. As an optional extra we can also offer plastering and decorating through our trades partners. You may also have to allow for the relaying of flooring if you have laminated floors.
We recommend you have a good think about where you want fixtures and fittings moved / changed, this is because if decisions are changed after the rewire it will of course incur additional charges.
You need to pack away items for safe keeping and to protect them from dust particles. Also try to remove as much stuff as possible from the house to somewhere where there is no electrics being installed i.e the garage. Floor boards will be lifted in all rooms upstairs so it’s best to keep the items to a minimum. Also in the loft area where the upstairs lights are wired. These factors may be taken into consideration when quoting and could reduce your quote.
3-5 days or 5-10 days if allowing for plastering and making good of the damaged walls
It’s fair to say rewiring can be messy. We will need to pull cables through walls which will create dust and a plasterer will be required thereafter, which we can supply as an optional extra. We do however clean up after the work we complete.
You can part rewire a house but it is best to make sure the extent of the rewire is both clearly defined and documented. In most cases it is not worth doing half a job however our team can advise you.
Modern electrical systems are much more energy-efficient and therefore will save you money in the long-term.
Reducing the amount of items in your house and relocating them to somewhere where there are no electrics being carried out. Such as the garage.
Staying in a hotel or with friends & family will help speed up the process and also save on cost of the rewire.