Rewiring your house can be a large and complicated task, especially for someone who doesn’t have a lot of dealings with home renovation, electrical and working with tradesmen.
What does rewiring mean anyway?
The concept of rewiring a house or building is pretty much self-explanatory. It means replacing all or a portion of the electrical wires, however, this is rarely the only job that needs doing. Often people can request for light switches, plug sockets, and fuse boards to be replaced in the process as these are crucial parts of the buildings wiring system.
Things to think about when planning a rewire
- Think about the kind of budget that you have, gather quotes from local and reputable tradesmen and decide whether or not they meet your budget. Rewiring an entire house or building is not cheap, along with this any additional sockets and items that you want fitting will also cost extra. Have this in mind when you are considering taking on this task and make sure that you have enough money set aside.
- Your house should only need to be rewired every 25 years or so, this means that you should think ahead about the things that you want there for the next 25 years, will in a few years time you wish you’d done things differently?
- Linking in with looking to the future, write everything down that you want to be in the house. Think about what appliances you want to be able to run in each room. Then break it down further, for example, if I was to have an office, I want to run a computer, a tv, a desk lamp and an alarm clock. Then discuss with electrical contractors who can ensure that the house is wired to accommodate that.
- Another idea is to draw images of the rooms for the electrician, detailing where you envisage each appliance to go and how many sockets you think you may require. They will then be able to tell you the logistics and possible implications of this.
- Either get a recommendation for a tradesman from a friend, colleague or neighbour or do a lot of research. Ensure that they are up to the standard that you would want. Do they look professional or more like an amateur? When it comes to important tasks like this, it is not enough to trust your instincts cause even the worst rogue traders can have you fooled. Have a look online, in service directories and newspaper, see who has the best advertisements and if there are any reviews alongside them. If they are a member of a trading organization then this is a bonus.
- Make sure you ask them for a contract between the two of you. If the tradesman is bound by a contract then if they are to do something wrong they could be liable. Make sure you include any additional work that you want doing, such as light switches, additional sockets. If you want the walls re-plastering or the holes filling in and if they are going to clean up after their job as rewiring can be messy. Another thing to think about is are they going to pay for the electrical test and inspection that will need to be done to ensure that your house is safe.