The electrical system of every home should of course be safe, efficient and fit for purpose, and this is mandated under the Part P building regulations for new home builds. Whilst existing installations do not fall under the remit of the Part P regulations, if you plan to add new wiring to your home or make any other major changes to it, such as adding an extension or remodelling internally, your new wiring must comply with the regulations too.
Even if you live in an older home, it is vitally important to ensure that your wiring is safe and properly installed, as electrical faults can pose a serious hazard to life, increasing the risks of electrical fires and even electrocution. It is a good idea to have your home professionally inspected and if necessary, rewired every 20-25 years, in order to ensure that your wiring is safe and good to go for the next quarter century!
What does house rewiring involve?
House rewires in Sheffield involve replacing the existing wiring in all or part of the home with a new installation, and a rewire also provides the opportunity to add additional fittings such as electrical outlets, wired-in white goods and much more.
Rewiring is a big job, and requires totally removing the old wiring system and replacing it with new, adding any new circuitry as required as well.
Why might your home in Sheffield need rewiring?
It is prudent to have your house inspected and if necessary, rewired, every 20-25 years as standard. However, it is a good idea to assess the standard and age of your wiring before then, if you are not sure what your electrical system involves, or have any concerns-particularly if you have bought your home within the last 20 years or so and have never had the electrical system inspected.
If your fuses trip out regularly under high loads, or if your house fails an electrical inspection, a rewire may well be required, and the same is true if some of your appliances regularly blow their own fuses or otherwise fail to function properly.
If your home’s wiring is insulated with rubber, this indicates a system that was installed before the late 1960’s, and as such, your house should be rewired as soon as possible to ensure that your wiring remains safe and fit for purpose.
Faulty or deteriorating wiring can lead to damaged or destroyed appliances, the risk of electrical fires, and a range of other hazards such as shock and electrocution, and so in order to keep your home and family safe, rewiring should not be put off if it is deemed to be necessary.
Finding a suitable person to perform house rewires
Rewiring a house is a large job, and as well as requiring a significant amount of technical know-how, access to the appropriate tools and the skills to problem-solve, rewiring also needs experience and a lot of training in order to get things right, and so this is not something that can be tackled with a DIY approach!
In order to ensure that your rewire goes smoothly, take care to hire a competent, qualified electrician that is a member of a professional trade organisation such as the NICEIC (the regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry) or NAPIT, and make sure that they are Part P qualified.
It is also important to remember that electricians may have a range of different specialties, so choose one that is experienced in house rewires and that can provide references for their previous work of this type. Finally, check before going ahead that your electrician is qualified to test and inspect their installation once it is finished, and provide you with an official test and inspection report.
How much do house rewires cost?
Rewiring a house is no small task, and for the average three bedroom home, it can take about a week to complete. This means that electrical rewiring can be costly-but as the old adage goes, if you think hiring a professional is expensive, try hiring an amateur!
The cost of rewiring can vary considerably depending on where you live, but for a three bedroom house, a full rewire is likely to cost anywhere between £2,000-£3,000.
When shopping around for the best person to perform house rewires, get a selection of quotes and ask to receive them in writing, and find out for sure exactly what is and is not included within the fee, such as the cost of additions like new sockets or switches.
Also, check whether your electrician will take care of the cleaning up afterwards and rearranging your furniture as required to complete the job, or if this is something that you will need to do for yourself.
Whilst it is understandable to want to save money on what is, after all, a large and costly job, don’t simply take the cheapest quote if it is significantly lower than the alternatives; it is likely to be cheap for a reason!
There are some ways in which you may be able to reduce the costs without compromising on the quality, however, if you are prepared to do some of the auxiliary work related to the job, and are happy for your house to be left without power overnight for the duration of the project.
If you can get the house all ready for your electrician to start work, such as by taking up the carpets, clearing the furniture and laying down your own dust sheets, as well as cleaning up afterwards once the job is finished, you may be able to negotiate on the cost of the project.
Find out from your contractor exactly where they will need to gain access and what they will need to do first, however, as some jobs may also involve clearing out your attic to allow free access, and lifting and replacing carpets and floorboards.
If you are DIY-savvy, you may even wish to take care of the plastering and cosmetic aspects of the rewire once your contractor is done, but understandably, many homeowners find it much easier and time-efficient to simply hire their electrician to take care of the whole job from start to finish.