Rewiring your home
Thinking of rewiring your home? Then our home rewiring guide is for you. On this page we cover the process and steps involved, including
- Testing you existing system
- Discussing your options for fittings, smart home systems etc.
- Quote & specification
- What to expect while the work is done
Parts of your existing electrical installation may be old, dangerous or non-compliant with current safety regulations.
You may want to make significant changes to your lighting and power sockets to improve enegry efficiency or make life more convenient.
You may be refurbishing all or part of your home (e.g. installing a new kitchen or bathroom).
In many cases a full rewire will be the most cost effective option.
At Brighter Electrical we are always happy to provide free initial advice and answer questions about rewiring.
What is the process involved in a rewire?
1 – Testing your existing electrical installation
In many cases the first step is to inspect and test your existing electrical installation.
This test will identify dangers or defects and establish which parts need replacing and what is in a satisfactory condition for continued use.
We will provide you with a Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report, in accordance with national safety standards BS7671:2018.
This test is not required where an existing installation is very old or is obviously in state that is beyond economic repair.
2 – Discussing your options
There are lots of choices available that will affect the cost of the rewiring. These include:
- the quantity and choice of light fittings (e.g types of LED downlight), switches and sockets;
- smart home options for light and heating control such as Nest, Alexa, Google Home etc.
We can provide advice on these choices.
If a rewire is part of a wider home refurbishment, then it’s best to finalise plans for new kitchens and bathrooms as these may require additional cabling.
3 – Producing a quote & specification
Once we know your options and choices we will provide a pricing quote and specification of work.
We will check to ensure the proposed rewire will comply with Part P Building Regulations including number of twin sockets in each room, smoke alarms, ventilation, health and safety etc.
The price we quote is guaranteed and will only change if there is any additional work that you request.
Once you have accepted our quote we will agree a start date that is convenient for you.
4 – What to expect during the rewire
A full rewire of a three bedroom house will typically take 5 – 6 working days.
The work will be carried out by one or more of our qualified electricians.
During this time electricity will be turned off, other than one temporary socket that we will use for our tools and a supply to your fridge freezer.
Realistically, most people choose to move out (or even go on holiday) during a rewire.
There will be dust! We try to minimise the amount of dust generated using dust sheets and a vacuum cleaner during the work. However you should prepare for dust in advance.
5 – On completion
The installation will be fully tested.
We will provide you with a Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate and send a Building Regulation Certificate of Compliance to Building Control.
At this stage the house can be reoccupied. Decorators can start work at a time that is convenient to you.
6 – Aftercare
Once completed and tested there is not much scope for things to go wrong. Cables are in the wall and modern consumer units, sockets and light fittings are very reliable.
However, if any problem arises with our work then we will will fix it free of charge as quickly as possible.
This guarantee is backed by the NICEIC Platinum Promise.
Costs of rewiring a home
The following price guides are based on rewiring all cables, installing a new consumer unit, main and supplementary bonding and one pendant light per room, plus the minimum number of sockets in accordance with BS7671:2018.
- One Bedroom Flat £2,500
- Two Bedroom Flat £3,000
- Three Bedroom Flat 4,000
- Four Bedroom Flat £4,500
- Two Bedroom House £3,500
- Three Bedroom House £4,500
- Four Bedroom House £5,500
- Five Bedroom House £7,500
Prices exclude VAT and based on supplying MK white standard sockets & switches and white pendant lights.
The most common addition is LED downlights.
Location of switches, sockets & consumer unit
Switches and sockets are usually fixed to recessed 35mm boxes. They can be installed at a minimum of 450mm and maximum of 1200mm from the finished floor level to comply with BS7671:2008 Amd3:2015 553.1.6/OSG
The consumer unit is usually fitted close to where the electrical supply enters your property and contains switches and circuit-breakers. The consumer unit will be mounted between 1350mm and 1450mm above floor level to be out of reach of children.
Most home rewires involve some chasing (cutting) new cables and sockets into walls.
As part of our work, we apply a plaster bonding to chased walls. This is not a decorators finish, so additional work will be required.
If you do not have your own decorators, we can introduce you to trusted local partners.
Sometimes new cables need to be laid under floor boards. Usually we will lift and relay carpets and floorboards as part of our work.
Rewiring as part of a wider refurbishment project
If the rewire is part of a wider home refurbishment then we would expect to liaise closely with your other contractors.
In most cases, your main contractor will ask us to disconnect your electrical installation at the beginning of the project and provide a temporary “builders electrical supply”.
As the project progress, your main contractor will ask us to come back to install new cabling (“first fix”). Towards the end of the project we will return to fit sockets and light fittings (“second fix”).
Why Choose Brighter Electrical
- We take pride in our service. If we say we’re going to turn up, we turn up on time.
- Competitive rates and fixed price quotes.
- Your job is given our utmost care and attention.
- We treat your property with respect and clean up as we go along.
- We only undertake work that we are competent to do.
- We will complete the job to your satisfaction.
- Our work is guarantee for 2 years.
- Our guarantee is backed by the NICEIC Platinum Promise & we are a member of the Which? Trust Traders Dispute Ombudsman Scheme.
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