A full rewire, whats involved, and what we do differently.
A full rewire, its definition is as good a place to start as any. A full rewire simply means the replacement of all of the electrical wiring in every room of your home. All wiring, light fittings, sockets and switches will be removed and replaced with new ones.
You may either need a full rewire or desire one, either for saftey or for functionality, sometimes older homes just lack the plugs and connection points to suit modern life.
Older wiring system, often cant support the newer, safer, RCD protected fuse boxes, and while these functioned on the old rewireable fuses, a look inside the fuse housing often reveals burning and arcing. (Just a quick sub note, fuses as in the older fuse boxes are there to protect the wiring from overloading and provide no protection from electric shock, RCD on the other hand are designed to protect the user from serious injury from shock as well as the wiring. )
As a result rewiring maybe necessary to rectify wiring to a safe level to stop RCD’s becoming a nuisance. Older wiring may have become damaged, or decayed to a point where shorts (live coming in to contact with the safety earth) are occurring.
in addition the obviously for the reasons of Fire and flood, or if your wiring in deemed unsafe by an electrical installation condition report.
With a rewire, new opportunities open up to you, the design of your wiring can and will be reworked to fit you life, We work with you to ensure that the new system is both perfect for you and future proof.
More and more often we are being tasked to renew the wiring of a home through choice. I’m sure most of you, as you read this, can think of one place where you have a multi plug adaptor, an extension lead or just of a place you could do with an additional plug.
Older properties often have a lack of plugs, you see when the wiring was done original, not that many things plugged in, the tv had one plug on, now coming from that same tv, there are maybe as many as 8 plugs!! (see our home entertainment installs)
Simple things like being able to control the main light from both sides of your bedside and the doorway, having USB charging ports so plugs are not tied up with chargers.
Swap those traditional lights for recessed spots? you get the idea, and I guess you understand why rewiring is as much one of the best home improvements you can have, more than an unfortunate necessity.
When is Rewiring Necessary?
- If a property has not already been rewired within the last 25-30 years, the chances are it will need upgrading at least in part in order to bring it up to current standards. The wiring may be potentially dangerous and may not be able to cope with the demands of modern living.
- If you plan major remodelling work that constitutes a material alteration as defined by the Building Regulations, it is likely that you will need to rewire part, if not all, of the property, including upgrading the consumer unit (fuse box).
- If you are extending your home, or converting an attic or garage, this will constitute new work and therefore all of the new wiring will have to conform to Part P: Electrical Safety, and all existing wiring will have to be improved to ensure that it is able to carry the additional loads safely, it is earthed satisfactory.
- If the wiring is suffering form an inherent fault, “cable cancer”
- Fire or flood damage
- Your electric are out of date and don’t suit your modern life
What is Involved, What gets changed?
It falls under the major electrical work category for good reason, it is a big job, one that involves much noise, and much dust. Its best done if you have the choice prior to decoration, or during a period of modernisation.
- Design process, consultation with you on your wishes
- Assessment and testing of existing installation supply
- Compatibility calculations for design, layout drawing.
- Removal of existing Consumer unit, and installation of temporary power supply.
- Removal of old cabling, wall channeled for new cables and socket outlets.
- New rings for power down stairs, kitchen, upstairs.
- New rings for lighting, upstairs, downstairs and dedicated bathroom
- Cooker and fridge points
- Shower point
- Fitting of sockets, switches and light pendants
- fitting of smoke and heat alarms
- Installation of house alarm
- Full test and Certificates issued.
How much does it cost?
Electrical rewiring costs will vary depending on some factors including:
- The size of your house (naturally a three bedroom house will cost more than a one bedroom flat).
- Whether the home is occupied during the rewiring (electricians will work faster in an empty property).
- The specification of fittings and fixtures you choose (stainless steel versus white PVC sockets etc.).
- The number of socket outlets etc. and other extras such as security lighting or outside power points.
Below is are guide prices for rewiring different home types and sizes including an average two-bed terraced house, three-bed semi-detached house, and an average four-bed detached house.
Two bed terraced house
A total rewire of a two-bed terraced house including kitchen and bathroom should cost between An average of £2,500 with the job taking between 5 and eight days to complete. The price will include:
- Renewing all the wiring from the electricity meter to the consumer unit.
- Installing a new consumer unit.
- Standard white finish electrical accessories such as socket outlets and switches.
- Circuit testing and final installation certification.
The price excludes plastering and decorating which will be required to finish the job. We are able to provide a quote for this type of work.
Three-bed semi detached house
A total electrical rewiring project for a 3-bed semi will involve removing old wiring and fittings and then running new cables and installing new fittings.
The price includes supplying a new consumer unit and assumes the work will be in an empty house.
The price includes the minor plastering work required to fill in the holes chased in the wall for the conduit. The homeowner is responsible for painting and decorating.
The price for rewiring will be around £3,500 to£4,500 expect the work to finish within 6 to 10 days.
Four-bed detached house
The bigger the house, the longer it will take an electrician to rewire. An average detached house with four bedrooms will have about ten rooms in total, including two bathrooms. The electrician will need about 10 to 15 days to complete the rewire.
Expect to pay between £3,500 and £5,000 for the complete rewire of up to 10 rooms including replacing all the fixtures and wiring with new, and issue of a test certificate on completion.