How often should you rewire your house?

This blog post will provide you with all the information you need to know about rewiring your home, such as when it should be done, how it should be done, by whom and the costs involved. So, if you are wondering whether your home needs to be rewired then continue reading.

What does rewiring entail?

Rewiring means replacing the electrical wiring of your home, whether you chose to replace all of it or some. There are multiple reasons why people would choose to rewire their houses, whether it’s for safety reasons or they would like to add a new feature to their house such as fuse boards or light switches.

When should you rewire your house?

There are a couple of reasons why your house might need rewiring, and these are all listed below:

· The rewiring hasn’t been done in the last 25 years

· When a problem occurs such as you experience frequently blown fuses, burning smells and flashing lights.

· After an electrical test where the specialist suggests rewiring the house

· Your power comes from extension cords

· You have aluminium wiring instead of copper

· You just want to upgrade your home to a smart one.

Can you do the rewiring yourself?

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Most likely no, unless you are an electrician specialised in testing and inspecting the job after it’s done. If you are planning to sell your house in the future, your house value can be hindered if you don’t have a ‘test and inspection report’.

Simultaneously, when hiring an electrician make sure they are trustworthy, professional and working for a recognisable company. The quality of the job is of high importance when it comes to rewiring your home.

What are the costs of house rewiring?

The usual cost for one room to be rewired is around £1,000. If you have a three-bedroom flat and you would like all three rooms to be rewired, that would cost around £2,500. This also depends on the company you are choosing to hire as prices might slightly defer.

How long does it take to rewire your house?

If you have a three-bedroom flat, and would like to rewire the while house, the process should last about a week.

What’s the best way to save money on rewiring?

If you would like to try and save some extra cash when rewiring your property, these are a couple of ways you can do so:

- Do the preparation yourself beforehand: lift the carpets, place the dust covers and move the furniture around. This will mean that the electrician won’t have to spend time doing that, which means he spends less time in your house, which ultimately equals less money for you to spend.

- The job can get pretty messy, so if you want to save some money on cleaning, it might be best to try and do the cleaning yourself instead of hiring a cleaning company.

- One way you can cut money is by not having power available for a couple of nights as connecting it each day will take time. If you can do that, this will significantly lower the number of days needed to finish the rewiring.

- Make sure the loft is cleaned as the electrician will have to spend a lot of time upstairs working, so it’s best for him to have freedom of movement, so he can finish the job faster.

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