Having your home rewired is one of the largest domestic electrical jobs that your electrician will regularly undertake. It may seem like a daunting task to you (and can certainly be costly), but wiring a house is something that professional electricians do all the time on new homes or in older ones that need new wiring.
The cost of the job will depend upon the size of the task for your electrician, which will largely be based upon the size of your home. A one-bedroom flat will obviously take a lot less time to rewire than a seven-bedroom house, although the basics of the task will be very similar.
Most often, rewiring will involve installing new electrical sockets and a new fuse box. Cabling will be placed through the walls and under the floor, although encasing the cables in plastic conduit is a possibility in some homes where minor rewiring is being done.
There is little doubt that rewiring can be a large and sometimes messy job, as your electrician will be removing old wiring from inside your walls and replacing it with new. This means that there will be some drilling involved and plaster dust settling on any furniture you don’t put dust covers over.
In some cases your electrician may have to cut into walls or plasterboard to effectively rewire your home and there is a chance that you may need to arrange for redecorating or replastering work to be done once the job is finished.
Your electrician may have someone that you use for this work or simply suggest you hire the decorator or plasterer of your choice to carry out the work. Your electrician will do all they can to ensure that mess is kept to a minimum. But it is the placement of your wiring and layout of your home that will dictate how much work can or cannot be done without cutting into the walls, lifting up carpets and taking up floors.
The need to rewire your home may be identified by an electrician being called out to deal with a problem with sockets, switches or appliances in your home. It is usually simply a question of age (although poor installation may be to blame). If your home is over 25 years old then there is a chance that it will need rewiring to bring it up to modern safety standards and for the electrics to be safe.This is definitely something to look at when you are considering buying a new home.
Obvious signs that your home may need to be rewired include electrical sockets cut into the skirting board, wooden backing boards on the fuse box, iron switches in the fuse box and any unusual or messy-looking parts of the system.
Having your home rewired, no matter how many rooms you are having new wiring fitted for, can be disruptive. But you can use it as an opportunity to bring your home up to date and to future-proof it. This is the time to get any additional sockets and switches installed as well as to have things like computer or speaker cabling placed out of sight and through the walls.
Your electrician will be able to advise you on this as well as any jobs that he may think worth getting out of the way as you have this rewiring done. This could include running electricity to your loft for any potential loft conversion, or running circuits outside for garden equipment. Security measures, such as external sensor lights, can also be fitted and added to the supply.
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