When was the last time you had rewiring done in your home? If you cannot bring it to mind, the probabilities are that it’s time you got it done.

But why is rewiring essential? It’s because old or underperforming electrics can be a fire hazard and might lead to electrocution. We’ve collected 4 reasons why it may be time to have your property rewired.

1. If you are preparing for significant remodelling work

If you are having any significant work done that Building Regulations would define as a material alteration, you will probably need to have a partial or complete rewiring job done.

You will likewise want to consider upgrading your consumer unit, or fuse box, to be sure that it is safe and can cope with the new wiring.

2. If your current wiring is 30 or more years old

If your home hasn’t been rewired in the last 25-30 years, it’s more than likely that it will need at least partial rewiring. Requirements have actually moved on a lot in that time, and your existing electrical wiring might be unsafe.

Older wiring has to operate significantly harder to keep up with the demands of modern life. Consider all the appliances we have now compared with thirty years back.

3. Rewiring is needed for extensions or conversions

If you decide to extend your house or convert your loft or garage, all the new electrical wiring will need to follow Part P regulations. However, you will also have to have all your current electrical wiring upgraded. This is because additional rooms indicate an extra load and your wiring needs to be in a position to cope.

4. If current regulations require upgrades

When you are extending or remodelling, the rest of your wiring does not have to be updated. But there’s an exception where Building Regulations state that upgrading is required by the power efficiency specifications they detail. This means that if you require central heating controls but your wiring cannot manage it, you are going to have to get some rewiring done.

How much will rewiring set me back?

Rewiring is a big job and it can be expensive. But in lots of cases, it’s essential. The average cost for a kitchen extension rewire, like initial or second repair and regular sockets with switches is around £1,000 to £1,500.

To rewire an entire three-bedroom semi-detached property, you’re looking at an average rate of £3,200. The price will differ based on where you live – make sure you get quotes from several credible electricians.

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