Rewiring a house – Prices and costs

By Katie Anderson on December 16th, 2010

Rewiring a House - Prices and CostsIf you’re looking for your home to be rewired then you will need to employ the services of an approved and recommended local electrician. 

If you live in an older property the electrics could be so dated and unsafe that a house rewire could in fact be a matter of urgency. Not just that but rules and regulations have changed so much over the last decade. So it’s likely that wiring in older properties won’t meet the current electrical regulations.

Signs to look out for

There are several warning signs to look out for, which might point to your property needing rewiring, which include:

  • Do you have black coloured cables? If you’ve got black, rubber coated wires it could be a sign that your electrics are close to 40 years old. Newer electrical cables are white or grey and are insulated by a coating of PVC.
  • Does your fuseboard have cast iron switches and a wooden back?
  • Look out for older style round pin sockets and round light switches.
  • If you’ve got a wall mounted light switch in the bathroom.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to your home’s wiring it’s always wise to arrange for a qualified electrician to take a look. Legally you can replace existing wall sockets, switches and ceiling roses. You’re also allowed to add ighting points, sockets and fused spurs. But you must follow Wiring Regultions and you can’t carry out the work if it’s in the kitchen or bathroom.

Rewiring should only ever be done by a trained, qualified electrician. After the work has been completed the electrician will provide you with a NICEIC Electrical Installation certificate. He or she should also notify Building Control, so they can record the work and issue a Building Regulations Compliance Certificate.

According to Part P of the Building Regulations Electrical Safety rule, anyone carrying out electrical installation work in a home since 2005 has to make sure the work is designed and installed to protect people from fire and electric shocks.

Costs to rewire a house

How much it costs to rewire a house will depend on the size of the property. A three bedroom semi-detached house will set you back between £2,800 and £4,000. To rewire a two bed terraced house you should expect to pay between £2,200 and £3,000. Remember to take into consideration extras, such as new light switches, new light fixtures and new sockets. And if the price includes moving furniture and re-plastering. Always get three quotes for the job too, to include a detailed breakdown of what is included.

Aside from taking into consideration the size of the property, the cost of a house rewire will also be determined by the condition of existing electrics. It’s an extensive project and one that requires the services of an experienced qualified electrician.

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