If you’re considering an electrical project, it’s useful to know how long it’s going to take. That way you can get organised and work out the right time to schedule the work.
To give you a general idea of how long your electrical project will probably take, we’ve made a timeline for you. Bear in mind that your project could vary in length, so this is just a rough guide.
How long will an electrical project take?
Research: 1 week
We’d recommend spending a significant amount of time searching for the ideal professional for your project. It’s sensible to research lots of different electricians thoroughly and ask them for quotes. If you use our service to find electricians, our companies will always try to get in touch with you within 48 hours of you supplying your details.
Once you’ve got a number of quotes from different companies, you’ll probably need a few days to decide which one to use. If you’ve used our service to find electricians, you can visit their profile page to see their customer reviews. You can also ask them to give you some references.
Electrical work: 1-5 days
How long your electrical project will take depends on the job you need doing. Surveying and testing shouldn’t take more than one day. The same goes for replacing or adding components like sockets or switches.
However, rewiring is a job that takes considerably longer. Your electrician will start by removing all your old wiring and then put in your new wiring. How long this takes depends on the amount of rewiring that needs to be done. A house can usually be completely rewired over 1-4 days.
Once your electrician has replaced all your wiring, they will need to test it. It’s important that this is done carefully and thoroughly to ensure that your home is safe. This takes on average about 1 day.
Re-plastering: up to 1 day
If you’ve had your home rewired, you’ll probably need some re-plastering work doing. This is because your electrician will have had to remove some of your existing plaster to get at your electrics. Your electrician won’t do this themselves, but they may arrange for a plasterer to do it. You should check if your electrician will do this, or whether you need to hire a plasterer yourself.
Total time: 1-2 weeks
So depending on the type of work, your electrical project should probably be completed in 1-2 weeks. Remember that your electrician’s availability might also affect how long your project takes.
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