TOP 10 TIPS FOR REWIRING A HOME
Rewiring can be done when a house is being renovated or when the wires and connection have gone bad and needs replacement. Rewiring your home is a very delicate task and should be handled as such — you should not place such an important task in the hands of an average electrician. You must seek out the services of a well experienced and qualified electrician.
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Below are some helpful tips to take note of during rewiring.
- Make A Plan
When rewiring, you need to be sure that everything you will need is available. The rewiring itself takes place in two stages;
- First fix: This is the point where every possible connection is carried out. The cables, the wiring is done, and everything is installed
- Second fix: At this point, all the connections and installations are brought to life. The sockets and plugs are installed and added.
Before you begin rewiring, it is important to note where each connection goes to, so the whole job will turn out easier and save time.
- Take note of costs
Various factors can affect the cost and charge of a rewire. The factors include the size of the house or place to be rewired, the access to the property, the nature of the work etc. Sometimes the rewiring may be in just one room or the entire house. There are also charges for the first fix and the second fix, and it is usually around £1000 – £1500. Keep note of this to make it easier to plan.
- Take note of timings
Different areas of the house take different periods for rewiring. Also, note that there is also the second fix to be considered. Knowing when each area of the house or when the entire house can be rewired will help take the edge off you and help you relax and wait for a good job.
- Understand the work of the electrician
Some electricians have a standard or fixed charge for their services. Sometimes there can be additional costs for other alterations. Know this beforehand, and it will help you to know where and when you can help out to reduce the cost. It could be prepping the house before the electrician arrives, or it could be buying some of the sockets and plugs that will be used for rewiring. However you should be sure of your sources, so you do not provide the electrician with sockets and plugs that are below standard.
- Know when rewiring is needed
Rewiring is not so common in modern houses, but in homes of about 20-30 years, complete rewiring should be considered. This is becausethe wiring system of such houses are outdated and not up to the standard of modern electrical systems. Old round switches, fuse boxes with wooden backs and even a cast iron are all signs that the house needs to be rewired.
- Begin with care
Like all electrical related work and installation, you must be extremely careful when rewiring. This is why the expert services of an electrician are always the best. They know the complexity of the situation and are privy to its dangers. It is better left to the hands of experts.
- Give Space For Work
To play safe, rewiring should not be done when the house is occupied. For the period it will take for the work to be completed, you can move out with your family. It will protect them from potential risks. However, if you cannot move out for a while, you can move to just one room in the house and also ensure you cover the furniture with protective materials.
- Avoid mid-way additions.
Additions added halfway through the work, are expensive and time-consuming. This is one reason why it is a priority to plan before the entire rewiring process begins. If you can, sketch all the rooms and areas in the house and list all that should be done in them. It will make you prepare for the work and also avoid mid-way additions.
- Consider Doing It Yourself
If you can actually do the work, there is no reason to call in an electrician. Just be certain you know precisely what you’re doing and get yourbuilding regulations before you begin. Also,get your work inspected by an experienced and qualified electrician, after which you will be issued a safety certificate. Be sure the electrician is there before you begin; otherwise, they may not issue the certificate.
- Consider futureproofing
We live in a tech-savvy world where you can choose to do a lot in your home. You can choose to have kitchen gadgets, automated housing controls,surround sound, security systems and even mood lighting in each room. It all depends on your budget and your planning. For futureproofing process, you will need an expert electrician to put all of these into consideration.
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