How much does electrical rewiring cost?
Outdated electrical wiring can be dangerous and is a common cause of domestic fire, so find out how much it costs to rewire your home safely here.
Electrical safety is one of the most important things in your home so it’s important to find out whether your electrics need rewiring, this is especially likely in old homes. Properties built over 50 years ago have far less sockets to accommodate all of the electric gadgets and equipment we use in our homes today. This can lead to overloading sockets with extension leads, which can damage sensitive electrical devices and could lead to a house fire. Old wiring can also become damaged and will deteriorate naturally over time, especially if it’s made from out of date materials. In the end, not rewiring your electrics could end up being much more expensive than having them done if they cause a fire – this can also seriously jeopardise the safety of you and your family.
How do I know if rewiring is necessary?
It’s not usually hard to find out whether your house needs electrical rewiring. First of all, if fuses blow regularly, sockets overheat or do not work at all or other irregularities appear when you use electric devices, there is probably something wrong with the electrical wiring. If the wiring has not been replaced for 50 years or if the cables look worn, it is not advisable to wait until something goes wrong – electrical rewiring should be carried out as soon as possible by a qualified electrician. If the fuse box and the electrical wires are in good condition but you have only one or two sockets per room, it may also be a good idea to have an electrician install some additional sockets to avoid overloading the existing ones.
What will rewiring include?
Electrical rewiring is a fairly extensive project that will require an electrician to work in every single room of the house, which isn’t cheap. Still, rewiring you electrics is well worth the cost in terms of safety. Rewiring will include running new cables throughout the house, installing new (possibly additional) sockets and replacing the old fuse boxes. If possible, it’s best to do the rewiring before you move into a new house or while you are refurbishing it, as the work may damage the existing decoration and may take more than one day. Electrical rewiring may also cost less if combined with other remodelling work.
Costs of electrical rewiring
The actual costs for rewiring your house will depend on the size of the property and on the condition of its existing wiring. If the wiring is very old and damaged then a lot of preparation work is needed to have proper wiring installed. Complete electrical rewiring of a three bedroom house can cost between £1,000 and £4,000 on average including new sockets, lights and light switches. As the prices charged by the electrician may differ, it is a good idea to get at least three different quotes before you decide to assign the job, but bear in mind that the cheapest offer will not always be the best one. Electrical rewiring is an extensive project; therefore you should make sure that you hire an experienced electrician to carry out the work.