From designing each rooms’ layout to decorating it with eye-catching wall-paper, beneficial technology and comfy furniture, there’s lots to enjoy about renovating a home. Rewiring is an important part of the process, ensuring that electrical safety is maintained and compliant with Building Regulations. In this post, we outline how to know if your house needs rewiring and offer some top tips.
How To Tell If The House Needs Rewiring
- If the house hasn’t been rewired within the last 25 years, it will need updating to adhere to current standards to cope with the demands of technology today.
- If you are extending the house, you’ll have to ensure that all new wiring conforms to Part P: Electrical Safety.
- Your fuse box is outdated – for example, if it has a wooden back, white ceramic fuses, a variety of fuses or cast iron switches.
- There are surface-mounted cables running along skirting boards and up walls that make the home look unattractive.
- Your cables are covered in fabric, black rubber or lead.
- The house includes Bakelite switches which are still in use.
Top Tips For Rewiring When Renovating
1) Always Plan Your Rewiring Project Property
Rewiring a property occurs in two stages – First Fix and Second Fix. First Fix is where the cables and wires are installed and occurs before plastering. It involves lifting up floorboards and skirting boards and routing the wires in the walls and ceiling, as well as the installation of back boxes for all new sockets and switches. At this stage, alarms, smoke detectors, heating controls and TV sockets are usually rewired too. Second Fix is where sockets, switch plates, light fittings are installed and fixtures such as the cooker and electric shower are wired.
As you can imagine, this work can be very disruptive so we recommend planning it accordingly so you know timescales and the exact location of sockets, wires and fixtures. You also shouldn’t be living at the house while the work is ongoing, as this could be dangerous.
2) Commit To Your Rewiring Plan
If you decide half-way through your rewiring project that you want to add little extras such as bedside lighting that wasn’t in your original plan, it can turn out to be very costly. From the get-go, you should draw up a detailed property plan and consider ideal locations for lighting and switches.
3) Make It Future-Ready
In your plan, look for ways to add to the property’s value, such as the inclusion of mood lighting, super-fast Wi-Fi, lounge speakers, a security system and fun kitchen gadgets that will make future buyers fall in love with the place.
4) Understand Your Costs
The final rewiring cost depends upon the following factors:
- Property size.
- Property age.
- Whether the house is occupied or not.
- The number of bedrooms.
- Who you hire.
Especially if you have a specific budget, you should choose what you deem necessary for the renovation first and then consider extras.
Are you considering a rewiring project and looking to hire a professional team of qualified electricians? Why not call us today on 07835 797883 to discuss your options and how we can ensure we can aid your renovation project.