In previous articles we have discussed the dangers of leaving a property with outdated wiring. Faulty wiring is a common source for electrocution and fires, which is why a rewire should be performed as soon as you see the signs. But how much does rewiring a house cost? Allow us to break down the average cost for everything you must consider when rewiring your home.
How much does it cost to rewire a house? Electrical inspection costs
If your property is at least 25 years old and is yet to receive any major rewiring, then it will likely need it to ensure it confirms to Part P of Building Regulations. Two signs that your home may need rewiring are:
· Cabling covered in fabric or rubber as opposed to uPVC
· The consumer unit (fuse box) has large ceramic switches
If you suspect that your wiring is old, we highly recommend you speak with an electrician and book a full inspection. With a written report, a full inspection can cost around £150 to £300 depending on the size of the property.
Like the inspection, the cost of the rewiring service will mainly depend on the size of the property.
Rewiring occurs in two parts:
· First fix – this involves installing the wiring
· Second fix – installing switches, sockets and connecting the system, making it live.
The installation process can be an intense and messy job. We suggest you remove as much furniture as possible and take up carpets to ensure your electrician can lift floorboards with ease. Electricians may also need to remove skirting boards or cut into plaster, especially if they need to install new switches or sockets. If your home requires a complete rewire, you may want to consider finding temporary accommodation elsewhere as you will be without power for some time.
A complete rewire of a detached house can take approximately one week. The cost of this is typically between £3000 and £5000 for the materials and labour. Smaller properties will likely cost less, with a small flat costing approximately £2500. However, if the work is quite extensive and the plaster has been repeatedly cut into in either the walls or ceilings, you may want to invest in a plaster re-skim to repair signs of damage.
As kitchens tend to be used more than most rooms in the home, coping with such a high volume of appliances can lead to kitchen rewires. The average kitchen rewire cost lies somewhere between £1000 and £1500.
Looking to rewire your property?
So, looking at how much does rewiring a house cost, you can see that it all depends on the extent of the damage and whether you hire a legitimate professional. Electrical safety is something you should never compromise on, price included. At CEB, we are proud to offer the very best when it comes to rewiring and electrical safety. To learn more about our services, get in touch.