Published on 6th November 2020
A re-wire is the replacement of all electrical cable and accessories within a household. It is one of the largest electrical jobs that can be done and can take anywhere from a few days to 2-3 weeks to complete, depending on you specification. It is recommended that a full house re-wire is undertaken every 25-30 years in a property, this is to ensure that your property meets current safety regulations.
There are many reasons why you could need a re-wire:
1. You would like multiple electrical points adding in, changing, moving or replacing. In these cases it is often easier and cheaper to have the few circuits rewired to prevent multiple cable joints within the property
2. There are signs that the electrics are old and outdated.
The easiest way to identify if your property needs a re-wire is by looking at the age of all the accessories in your property. Look at the plastic light fittings, are they old, has the white turned to more of a bleached yellow?
Are you switches and sockets old and outdated?
Do you mainly only have single sockets in your property, and only a few per room? (These were a good indicator that your electrics are close to 40-50 years old)
Does your consumer unit/fuse board look like any of the pictures below?
If you have answered yes to any of the above then that is a good indicator you need a house re-wire.
If you believe you need a property re-wire then you should consult a local electrician to arrange a quotation for the work to completed. We recommend you get between 3-5 recommendations before committing to a certain contractor, and please ensure they are a member of an electrical competent persons scheme such as the NICEIC, Napit, Stroma etc. As this ensures credibility.
If you are still unsure about if you need a re-wire or not, then we recommend you get an electrician to undertake an EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Report) at your property. This is an in depth report that shows if your property meets current regulations, and what improvements are recommended. You could find that you only need a few minor alterations rather than a full re-wire.
If you are still unsure or would like any advice please contact us, and we shall get back to you with our personal free recommendations.
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