When was the last time you got your home rewired? If you can’t bring it to mind, the chances are that it’s time for you to look into getting it done.
But why is rewiring necessary? It’s because old or malfunctioning electrics can be dangerous and may result in electrocution. We have put together the top 4 reasons why it might be time to have your home rewired.
1. If you are preparing for major remodelling work
If you are having any major work done that Building Regulations would define as a material alteration, you will probably need to have a part or maybe complete rewiring job done.
You will similarly need to consider upgrading the fuse box, aka consumer unit, to make sure that it is safe and can deal with the new wiring.
2. If your existing wiring is 30+ years old
If your home hasn’t been rewired in the last 25-30 years, it is likely that it will require at least partial rewiring. Requirements have changed a lot in that time, and your existing electrics may be dangerous.
Older wiring has to work considerably harder to keep up with modern-day demands. Consider all the home appliances we have now compared with 30 years ago.
3. Rewiring is required for extensions or conversions
If you decide to extend your home or convert your loft or garage, all the new electrics will need to meet Part P regulations. But you will also need to upgrade all your current wiring. This is because extra spaces mean additional loads, so your wiring needs to be able to cope.
4. If current regulations are updated
When you are extending or remodelling, the rest of your existing electrics do not have to be updated. But the exception is where Building Regulations states that updating is required by the power efficiency specifications they detail. That means that if you need central heating controls but your wiring can’t cope with it, you’re going to need to get some rewiring done.
How much does rewiring cost?
Rewiring is a significant job and isn’t cheap. But in many cases it’s essential. The typical cost for a kitchen extension rewire, like initial and second repair and regular sockets with switches is between £1,000 and £1,500.
If you want to rewire an entire three-bed semi-detached house, you’re looking at an average price of £ 3,200. The rate will vary based on where you live. Make sure you get quotes from several reputable electricians.
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