Maintaining the electrical condition of a property is one of the essential tasks as a homeowner or landlord. Faulty or hazardous electrical wiring can cause people to get hurt. It can also cause a fire. Check your house for the electrical wiring now and then to make sure it is safe and sound.
While paying for a full electrical rewire may not appear to be the most thrilling expenditure, it has several advantages. A complete rewire will not only protect you, your family, and your property; it will also futureproof your home and increase its value.
What does rewiring a house involve?
Because your home’s electrical cables run beneath the flooring and through the walls, rewiring will necessitate removing and reinstalling flooring, as well as drilling holes into walls.
If you’re going to do a remodel, it’s best to do any wiring or plumbing system repairs. It’s better before you get the walls plastered and before the paint is on the walls.
During a complete rewire, your Electrical Contractor will:
- Remove and dispose of all old cabling and accessories.
- Install new cabling throughout, in the correct routes as per building regulations
- Replace old back boxes on sockets and switches with new ones.
- If necessary, add additional or relocate light fixtures, switches, and sockets.
- Add modern electrical items if required, e.g. Smart Thermostats, CCTV, Intruder Alarm systems.
Rewiring takes place in two stages:
- First fix – cabling and back boxes are all replaced. Any plastering works can now happen before the accessories are installed.
- Second fix – Installation of the light fittings and sockets and switch fronts can now take place. All cabling is connected to the consumer unit; the installation then gets tested before being made live.
How disruptive is rewiring a house?
How disruptive a rewire it all depends on the age and style of your house.
For instance, if you have concrete floors downstairs, then that means that all of your electrical sockets have to route up the walls to the upper floor.
Whereas if you have timber floors downstairs, possibly with a void underneath, then this means all the cabling can be installed from underneath with minimal mess and having to ‘chase’ out the plaster on the walls.
If the property is occupied during the rewire, this adds another element of disruption.
Our method of completing an occupied rewire involves aiming to achieve one room per day.
- Emptying the room of its contents or moving everything to the centre of the room and covering it with dust sheets.
- Completing the rewire of that room and any required plastering.
- Tidying and hoovering, then returning the room to its original state.
This way, we aim to keep disruption to your household to a minimum.
How often should a house be rewired?
There is no set time frame for rewiring a house. Still, if your home’s wiring is over 25 years old, it may need either updating or a complete rewire to bring it up to modern safety standards.
It is essential to have the electrics in your house checked every five years. Your electrician can do this for you, which is called an electrical installation condition report. An EICR will make sure everything is safe and still works.
Does my house need a rewire?
There are several practical advantages of upgrading your home’s electrical cables in addition to safety.
Here are our top 8 benefits of rewiring your home:
- You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you are using a safer electrical system.
- It can reduce the danger of an electrical fire.
- Ensures that your electricity is compliant with current standards and regulations.
- It can increase the value of your home.
- You can choose all new light fittings and switch/socket fronts.
- You can place new sockets and switches wherever you want.
- Make your house more energy-efficient.
- Install new ‘smart’ technology.
Signs your home may need rewiring.
Suppose your electrical system is exhibiting any of the following problems or indications of being out of date. In that case, you should seek professional assistance and advice as soon as possible.
- Sockets or plugs that have discolouration.
- Fuses or circuit breakers keep tripping.
- Buzzing or crackling noises.
- Burning or a fishy smell.
- Lights that constantly flicker.
- Wiring has rubber or fabric cabling insulation. (Vulcanised Rubber Insulated Cable)
- An old fashioned fuse box with a wooden back and requires fuse wire or cartridge fuses.
How long does it take to rewire a house?
Depending on the style and layout of your property, whether it will be occupied during the rewire etc., we aim to complete a full rewire on a three-bedroom house within 5-6 days.
How much does rewiring a house cost?
Costs for a rewire vary depending on many different factors. Still, the below guide can give you an indication based on the size of the property.
Size of House Average Price Time to Complete
1 Bedroom £1,800-£2,300 2-4 days
2 Bedrooms £2,100-£2,800 3-5 days
3 Bedrooms £2,500-£4,000 5-7days
4 Bedrooms £4,000-£5,500 7-9days
5 Bedrooms £5,900-£7,300 9-12 days
We provide a free survey and quotation service, from this we can give you the best possible price to rewire your home.
Call us now to arrange on 0161 959 2321.
If you would like an online estimate for a full rewire on your property, please try our rewire calculator at the below link.
We always offer a free written quote and provide available dates for work to be started and completed.