Rewire your home to ensure that your electrics are safe, future-proof, and compliant with current regulations.
Your home’s electrical cables run under the flooring and through the walls, so rewiring a house is often a messy and disruptive job. It will require lifting flooring and drilling walls.
If you’re renovating a house, a rewire should be completed before any plastering or cosmetic work is undertaken and should be done at the same stage as any plumbing or work to the heating system.
Re-wires take place in two stages:
First Fix – cabling, wiring, circuits and back boxes are all replaced.
Second Fix – light fittings and faceplates on sockets and switches and are installed. All wiring is connected to the consumer unit.
What is involved?
What are the benefits?
Make your home more energy efficient.
Reduces the risk of an electrical fire.
Ensures that your electrics are compliant with current regulations.
Peace of mind that you have invested in a safer electrical system.
Increases your home’s value.
You can choose all new fixtures and fittings.
You can choose where new sockets and switches go - you can add more than what you originally have in your home.
Chance to install new ‘smart’ technology if you want it.
When will I need a re-wire?
If your home’s wiring is over 25 years old it may need either updating, or a full rewire, to bring it up to current safety standards. However there is no definitive time frame for rewiring a house.
Electrical inspections should be carried out every 10 years if you own your house, and every 5 years if you’re a landlord to make sure that everything is still safe and in full working order. These are called EICR's.
If at any point your electrics become unsafe or stop meeting the current regulations, it is extremely important that you get them fixed as soon as possible to avoid fire or injury.
All new wiring will need to conform to Part P of the Building Regulations and existing wiring will need to be improved to make sure it can cope with the additional load of the new wiring being added.
Extensions & New Builds
No matter what size and type your extension is going to be, you are likely to want an electrical supply in there, even if it's just for a light. If you're going the whole hog, with a two or three story extension that consists of bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms, then a serious upgrade to the house's wiring will be required.
If you have instructed a construction company to build your extension, then they often have their own electrical contractor, but it's worth noting that you can decide to use a different electrical contractor if you prefer. You will however have to make sure that your electrical contractor can work alongside the construction company to make sure deadlines are being hit.