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When is Rewiring Necessary?

When is Rewiring Necessary?

If a property has not been rewired within the last 25-30 years, the chances are it will need upgrading at least in part in order bring it up to current standards. The wiring may be potentially dangerous and may not be able to cope with demands of modern living. If you are extending your home or converting an attic or garage then this will constitute new work and therefore all of the new wiring will have to confirm to electrical safety, and all existing wiring will have to be improved to ensure that it is able to carry the additional loads safely. There are no hard and fast rules, simply because wiring is old which doesn’t mean it is unsafe.

If you are considering purchasing an older property, check the wiring is safe before buying. One of our electricians can tell you what work is required to bring it up to current standards with estimates of the cost which can take into account when making an offer. Even modern homes can have problems for example, DIY electrical work. Rewiring is an opportunity to not only improve safety but also modern convenience such as adding more switches and plugs for kitchen appliances, home computers and televisions.

How much does it cost to rewire a house?

A total rewire can range between hundreds to several thousand for a small property, however a full rewire can often be rewired if the existing cabling is sound. Older installations can be updated by adding a modern consumer unit. The average cost to full rewire a 3-bed semidetached house is £3,200 and can take up to 10 days to complete. This can act as a handy rule of thumb, with prices typically varying by £1,000 per bedroom. As always, prices may vary depending on your regional location.

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