WHEN DO I NEED A REWIRE?
There are no set guidelines as to when a property should be rewired. Just because your wiring’s old, it doesn’t mean it’s unsafe. Many factors can affect the wear and tear of your electrical installation, including the materials used and how your property has been used.
The NICEIC advise that a periodic inspection (sometimes referred to as an EICR) is carried out on domestic properties at least every 5 years. The test will certify whether the electrics in a property are safe and tell you if anything needs upgrading.
You should carry out regular checks around the house on the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories. If you notice anything unusual - for example, burn marks on plugs and sockets, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling), fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping - give me a call to come and check your electrics as soon as possible.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, IF MY HOUSE DOES NEED REWIRING?
To start with, I will come and discuss with you what your requirements are, for example positions of sockets, lights, switches etc; along with any new technology that you might want included, eg electric vehicle charging, network data cabling, video surveillance and such like items.
Then I will draw up a detailed quote, and if the quote is agreeable, work out the best time to carry out the work. In line with our terms and conditions, I may ask you for a deposit to secure the contract.
Rewiring is potentially messy work, involving moving furniture, lifting of floorboards and cutting chases into walls, and is best carried out in an empty property. However, where this is not possible, we will do our best to ensure minimum disruption occurs to you and your household.
When all the wiring is installed, there will be some replastering of the chases to be arranged, which either I can source a plasterer or you may use your own plasterer.
Depending on the size of the house, the whole process can take from 5 days to several weeks for large houses.
When all the work is completed, I will issue an Electrical Installation Certificate, along with a Building Control notification certificate under Part P of the building regulations, which should be kept safely.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The cost of a complete rewire of the whole house varies a lot, depending on:
the size of the house;
whether you want a single central light in each room or multiple downlights;
the type and finish of the sockets and switches;
and any non standard items you may want.
However here is guide to the average cost to rewire a house/flat:
2 bedroom flat - £1500 to £2000
2 bedroom house - £2200 to £3000
3 Bedroom house - £3200 to £4000
4 Bedroom house - £4200 to £6000