If you’re purchasing a property more than twenty-five years old or renovating a building that hasn’t been rewired in the last decade, then replacing the fixtures and electric connections are important to keep the property safe and reliable for modern purposes. So, what can you expect from a house rewiring, and how much will it set you back?
What signs do I need to check to know if my house needs rewiring?
Old electrics and wiring can be extremely dangerous. Bad unit fittings can lead to fires due to frayed connections and will make your appliances unreliable. Apart from preventing injuries, you should also rewire your property if you’re making significant changes to its original wiring. To conform to government standards, house rewiring is crucial. An old fuse box can also be dodgy and potentially lead to dangerously high current flowing through your house. To check if your fuse box is outdated, look for materials like ceramic and wood in it, and inspect the box for age wearing.
How much does house rewiring cost in the UK?
Of course, the price of rewiring the whole property depends on how many rooms you have and the number of electric fittings and outlets you have. A rewiring requires a fair amount of hard work and electrical expertise, so it’s not necessarily cheap, but absolutely important! A three-bedroom house would range between £2000-5000 in Leicester, UK. Five bedrooms could increase that price by £1000 or so.
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The fees for a full property rewiring takes into account the labor and equipment expenses, expertise, and the time needed to complete the work. Usually, a rewiring takes in the region of 3 to 7 days. The house rewiring cost is a house-to-house factor for which a certain figure cannot be given.
Can I get a house rewiring grant?
You may be eligible for a grant partially or fully covering the cost of a house rewiring. For example, home repair assistance grants in the United Kingdom help low-income households renovate and improve their overall safety, which often includes electric rewiring. There is also the Electrical Fire Safety Fund, which has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds towards improving the wiring safety of English homes. We recommend you visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk to find out more about the scheme!
What can I expect?
To have a reliable house rewiring done in the United Kingdom, we’ll send out a team of electricians who will inspect the fittings, and make clean openings in your walls to access the wiring. Floorboards also cover some very important cables so some of these need to be removed to refit the electricals. For this reason, it’s best to have a house rewiring done when you’re decorating or renovating the house. The process is usually performed room by room and can take anywhere from about three days to a week, depending on the size of your house. New cabling will be installed in each room to ensure that any fire hazard is brought to an absolute minimum, and sockets and switches will be replaced and updated. Don’t expect well-lit rooms during this time, because all electronic devices and lighting fixtures need to be removed so the electricians can access the cables and fix them.
House rewiring in the UK is typically done in two parts, the first of which involving the installation of new cables and completing the raw circuitry to get the basics down. This is followed by refitting your lighting fixtures, connecting up new sockets, and putting your electronic devices and appliances back in place.
Some benefits of rewiring your house?
Rewiring your house has a huge multitude of benefits. Firstly, it drastically increases the safety of your property and minimizes the risk of fires, which can break out if wiring is worn or frayed. By replacing the electric cables, our electricians will ensure your house achieves excellent safety standards for the United Kingdom. New wiring also makes your electricity supply more practical and stops localized blackouts – meaning you can keep your appliances going without any unexpected cut-offs.
Having your house rewired is better done sooner rather than later because cables wear down and a rewiring job will end up costing a lot more if you put it off for ages. It’ll also prevent you from being fined by the government if it is found out that your property doesn’t match safety standards and regulations.
What are some tips for rewiring my house?
To be best prepared for your house rewiring, it’s recommended to remove heavy carpets or have your carpet professionally removed so that the electricians can get to the floorboards and the cables underneath them. You’ll also want to move any furniture out of the way – so be ready in advance by getting the heavy furniture away. Make sure all of your appliances and sockets are turned off, switch out the lights, the works.
Before you have your house rewiring done, know where you will put your new furniture and appliances once the project is completed and you’re renovating the house. This will inform you where you want to install a new plug and lights. You should know where the optimum positions for your smoke and heat alarms are.
We recommend taking out some graph paper and just drawing a sketch of the room plan for each room in your property, with labeled positions for where furniture, sockets, and fixtures will be installed. This will make the rewiring process far easier and a lot less stressful.
How often should I rewire my house?
If you’re worried about having to rewire your house again in the future, then you should definitely do it now because today’s cabling is a lot more long-lasting than outdated fittings, and it’ll prevent you having to break the bank to rewire the house several years on.
A decent, modern house rewiring should last you about fifteen years at the least, and about twenty to twenty-five years on average. While some jobs stay functioning and relatively safe for up to forty years, it’s highly recommended that you ensure good electrical safety standards in your house and rewire it sooner rather than later. So expect another job in a couple of decades!
C& M Electrical Contractors are a team of experienced electricians that strives to bring to you a wide variety of electrical services for businesses and homes across Leicester. We believe in the utmost importance of quality and excellence. Also, the ethics of good work are crucial. We can offer a really competitive price for all the work we do.
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