Rewiring a home is a major undertaking which can cause a lot of disruption & must be carefully planned. There are numerous reasons why you might decide to fully rewire your home.
When you're noticing problemsMuch like if your car keeps breaking down, if you're electrical installation is constantly having problems, such as regularly tripping RCDs, it might suggest that there are underlying issues that need resolving.
If your cables are of an unsafe styleSome of the mains wiring cables used in the past are no longer deemed safe. If you have rubber cables (sometimes known as VRI, vulcanised rubber insulation) these need replacing. They are easy to identify due to their black coloured sheathing. VRI cables were used before PVC cables became popular in the 1960s. Cables insulated with cloth, still found in many older buildings, also must be replaced.
If an EICR tells you toIf you've recently had an electrical installation condition report carried out and the inspector has deemed the insulation on the cables to be unsafe, the cables will need replacing as soon as possible.
Perfect planning prevents.....The amount of skill involved in performing electrical rewires should not be underestimated. Walls must be chased out to run the new cables in nearly all cases. In upstairs rooms, carpets and flooring will need removing so that some floorboards can be lifted to get to lighting & power cables hidden in between ceiling and floors. Loft spaces also need accessing as they contain cables for your top floor lighting. As much furniture as possible will need to be moved out of the way and what can't be moved will be covered. The rewire will be completed in sections. Normally broken down into downstairs & upstairs sections. For larger buildings, it may be logical to further break it down into front & rear parts of the house. Once completed, the parts of wall that have been chased out will then be plastered and floorboards re-fitted. This then allows you to get carpets to be re-fitted and decorating to be undertaken. An electrical rewire is best performed with the house vacant where possible, either during a renovation after purchasing but can be undertaken with the house occupied.
How much will it cost?There are a lot of variables to consider when pricing a rewire. As a general rule, the more circuits you have (you can count the fuses or MCB's in your fusebox to work this out) and the larger area your house covers (and therefore the cable lengths) will increase the cost of the job. Other items will also bring added costs such as:
- Electric cooking equipment
- Electric showers
- Electric room heaters
- Electric underfloor heating
- More bathrooms or en-suites
- Outdoor locations or outbuildings with power
- Unusual construction type such as concrete upstairs floors
- Listed buildings or specialist wall coverings such as wood panelling
- Whether the house is occupied or not during the duration of the work
- Specification of fixtures and fittings
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