Do I Need A Rewire?
A question many house owners, and more often potential house buyers ask themselves is "does this place need a re-wire?" rewire ?, Often the answer is not straight forward, as some parts of the installation may be satisfactory, others not so.
Some older properties may have had modifications carried out while different (ie older) versions of the Wiring Regulations were in force and are now in need of improvement.
The only way to be sure, is to get an approved electrician to have a look and carry out an inspection. If you are buying a property, paying for an inspection may be money well spent if you discover the property needs to be re-wired.
How much should I be paying for a rewire ?.
The answer is simple, as with most things in life you pay for what you get. If you receive a quotation from a one man band sole trader and it sounds too good to be true it most likely will be.
Allot of trades these days advertise rewires at £1200.00 pounds to get you to accept the price and get a foot in the door, once you accept and they commence the rewire you are committed as you have no electricity and there is no turning back.
the price itself offers next to no sockets in the house and then half way though the installation you end up paying up to £1500.00 on extras such as shower points, cooker points, smoke detectors, outside lights because you have no choice.
A rewire to the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations will take 5 days for two fast Electricians, at the end of the rewire all the cables should be capped as in this illustration. I do not believe any electrician that says they can do a rewire for £1200.00 pounds, show me one, let me visit it and I guarantee it will full of flaws, rushed poor workmanship and not compliant to the regulations.
I have seen first hand a £1200.00 rewire when my company received a call from a client in despair having kicked the electricians off site for shoddy workmanship, Wakefield Electrical had to put it right but this cost the client more money on top of his £1200.00 which he already paid.
My advice is if you need a rewire on your home or company premises, do it right first time and use a registered reputable company who issue certificates. If I had a pound for every time I visit a £1200.00 rewire special I would be a rich man now!
Does your house need a rewire?
Many houses in the UK still have old wiring. This is not only unsafe and a potential fire hazard but is also less efficient than modern systems. It can also affect the resale value of your house, as old wiring almost certainly is highlighted as a major problem during a survey.
If you have old wiring in your house, for example fabric or rubber covered flex you should seriously consider having a complete rewire. Here at Wakefield Electrical Contractors Leeds we can completely redesign your electrical system to include sufficient socket outlets located in the right places to accommodate your needs, a state of the art consumer unit to replace your old fuse box which will contain residual current devices and circuit breakers. Rewiring a house is a major undertaking, we will carry out the work as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Take a look at our 10-point checklist to see if you might need a rewire.
1. Does your fuse box have replaceable fuse wire?
2. Do your plugs or sockets get hot or have scorch marks?
3. Do fuses blow regularly?
4. Do you have to use extension leads and adaptors?
5. Do you have lights that use the old, twisted type flex?
6. Do you have rubber covered flex?
7. Do you have round pin plugs and sockets?
8. Are your cables missing an earth cable?
9. Do you use electrical equipment outdoors?
10. Has your wiring been checked in the last 10 years? If you have answered yes to any of the above you could require a rewire.