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Rewiring a house: When is the right time?

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Rewiring a house is an important decision and there are a number of factors which should help you decide when to go ahead with it.

Factors to be considered include the financial cost and the disruption to your home, but there can be more pressing reasons for rewiring a house.

All properties are required to comply with the national legal standard BS7671, which covers the safety of electrical wiring in a range of buildings including domestic properties. Faulty or old electrics can be a serious fire or electrocution hazard, so if your house does not comply with BS7671, you must get it rewired!

Rewiring a house means removing any existing wiring and replacing it, as well as changing the sockets, switches, consumer units and other electrical installations. On average, this should take place every 25 to 30 years. But if you’re buying a property or renovating your home, you should have the wiring inspected to make sure it meets building regulations and there is no risk of fire or injury from faulty electrics.

If you’re buying a property, the fuse box and electricity meter can give you an idea of how old the wiring is. If the fuse box has big white ceramic looking fuses, or if the house has a mix of socket and switch types, then a rewire is likely to be needed. Other things to look for include the cabling, which should be PVCu insulated; if it’s not, a rewire is probably necessary.

The best way to determine whether your property meets the BS7671 standard is to ask a qualified electrician to carry out an NICEIC Periodic Inspection Report. This will give you an idea of what needs doing – even if it’s not a full rewire, there may be some work to do – and how much it will cost.

Cost is one of the major factors in the decision to rewire a house. The price will vary depending on the size of the house and how detailed the job is.

If you do need to rewire a property during a renovation or extension, make sure it’s done early on to avoid disruption with other work such as plastering. Again, an experienced electrician will be able to advise you on the best time to carry out the work.

The great thing about rewiring a house is that it gives you the chance to plan where to put your sockets and switches. You can design the electrical network so it meets your needs – or those of your tenants – completely, including installing alarms, smoke detectors, new central heating controls, doorbells, telephone points and television sockets. It even gives you the opportunity to introduce some modern technology into your home, such as automated lighting or an audio visual system.

If you do decide to go ahead with rewiring a house, you could attempt to do it yourself, but you have to make and pay for a Building Regulations application. The work must also be inspected by a registered qualified electrician both before and after completion, to check that it complies with the regulations.

Or you could bring in an experienced, qualified electrician. Electric City is happy to carry out NICEIC Periodic Inspection Reports, offer advice about rewiring or wiring modifications and extensions, and give an idea of the cost. We can also design the circuits, carry out the installation, test the new wiring and provide appropriate certification.

For more information on the rewiring services we offer, click here call Freephone 0800 0345 240 or email: john@ecyltd.com