Everything You Should Know About Having Your House Rewired
So, you think you need your house rewiring. Whether this is because you’ve had an electrician tell you that your current wiring is too old to keep up with the demands of modern day living, or you’ve noticed that your wire insulation is on its last legs, this isn’t a problem you can sweep under the carpet.
Out-of-date wiring is a fire hazard, and can result in severe electric shocks, so if you think your house in Driffield, Bridlington , Scarborough and Hornsea needs a rewire, you ought to call a local electrician as soon as you can to carry out an inspection – but make sure to check they have their BS7679 test certificate
How do you know if your house needs rewiring?
If your house hasn’t been rewired in the last 25 years, or if you’re considering remodelling your house with significant material alterations, it’s pretty likely that you’ll need a partial or complete rewiring to bring it up to standard in the relevant building regulations in Part P: Electrical safety, to ensure that your house stays safe.
More than this, there are a number of tell-tale signs that your house needs rewiring, if you don’t know for certain when it was last rewired. For example, having a mix of different sockets and switches that aren’t of the same style – this suggest that your house has already undergone a partial rewire, and it might be time to bring the rest up to standard. Or, if your house has an old-fashioned style fuse box, old, round pin sockets, , or your cabling is comprised of colours other than the modern-style Brown and Blue, it’s likely that you’ll need at least a partial rewiring, and will need to get a new fuse box.
What does having your house rewired entail?
Since most wiring is contained within your walls, and under floor boards, it’s usually the case that your electrician will have to take apart your house to an extent – lift floors / chase walls and sometimes even parts of your ceiling, in order to access and reinstall safe cabling. Dealt with in the ‘first fix stage’ alongside any modifications you might want to make to your plumbing and central heating, rewiring takes place before any plastering work.
Since the day-to-day disruption of having your house rewired is extreme, However, it’s not as though this process takes months – it should be completed in about 1 weeks from the start date, so you’ll be back in your new, safe, rewired home in no time.
How much will the rewire cost?
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to the cost of rewiring your house, and depends on a number of factors including the size of your home, and whether it needs a full or partial rewire. Thankfully, these things aren’t difficult to find out, since you can easily obtain a quote from your local electrician, upon their inspection of the property prices £2500 – £3500