Full House Rewires

It’s a sad fact of life that nothing lasts forever, including the wiring in your home. But how do you know when full house rewiring is necessary?

It’s a sad fact of life that nothing lasts forever, including the wiring in your home. But how do you know when full house rewiring is necessary?

If a property is more than 25 years old and still has the original wiring, it is definitely a good idea to test the wiring to check its still safe. Where the design does not fulfil your current needs, wiring which has been tested and is safe can be modified. How much modifying is done previously and how old the wiring is are good indicators of when the complete rewire is the only option.

Consult with an electrician in Leeds to decide whether your house needs to be rewired or not. Peace of mind knowing when you walk through the door, the light switch is safe, the light will come on, the kettle will work and the modem for our beloved data has power is something we all take for granted.

Rewiring your house gives you an opportunity not only to improve safety, but also to modernize your property by adding more switches and plugs for your electrical appliances. Your home has electrical installation designed around your needs with an eye to how you expect your home to evolve.

If you are planning to sell your home, a full house rewire can boost its appeal to buyers and remove some leverage when it comes to negotiating the final price. Rewiring now means your decorations and soft furnishings will not be disrupted as your house evolves into your home.

Read on to find out how our experienced and highly-qualified electricians in Leeds can rewire your entire house quickly and efficiently. For more details, you can contact Martin Day Electrician directly.

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Does my house need rewiring?

There are a number of factors that help determine it’s time your house needs rewiring. If your house hasn’t been rewired within the last 25-30 years, have you had the electrics tasted and inspected to know they are safe? Do you know how old the wiring is? Who has maintained it, adapted it or added to it? Do you rely on temporary extension leads? Is it time to upgrade it to bring it to the current standards? Has your wiring become potentially dangerous and no longer able to cope with the demands of modern living.

Problems with Defective Wiring

Lights can flicker if they are not properly connected. In some cases, it may be a serious problem resulting from defective wiring, especially when lights are acting weird throughout your home. Wiring can deteriorate over time, causing problems with your lighting. Outdated electrical systems like tinned copper wiring are a reason for a lot of issues.
If you notice any discoloration in your outlets and switches, it can be an indication that your house may need rewiring. Plugging appliances into sockets which crackle and don’t always work can be a sign rewiring is needed. In case the discoloration is accompanied by a burning smell, make sure you turn off the power and call a professional electrician immediately. If you have a smell of fish you can’t explain in your house, call an electrician to check your electrics, they may need rewiring. If your electricity supply becomes unreliable with lamps blowing regularly, fuses operating, switches tripping, if overloads are occurring when appliances are used at the same time, its time to call someone who is qualified to help you.

Another problem that can be extremely dangerous is that over time, outlets loosen up from the wall, exposing the wiring. Connections may fail over time, the heat caused by bad connections compounding the issue with a build up of carbon. In such a situation, you will need a licensed electrician to fix the problem and test your house is safe. If you notice a buzzing sound regularly when you plug in an appliance, this may also be a sign your house needs rewiring.

If you spot any of the signs mentioned above, your house may need rewiring. The qualified and experienced electricians at Martin Day Electrician’s Limited can rewire your home to meet the highest safety standards and give you peace of mind. They will honestly test and evaluate your house to tell you if rewiring is necessary. Not only will you have the reassurance of a reputable company, the electrics will do what you want when you want it safely.

How much does it cost to rewire a house in Leeds?

The cost of rewiring a property depends on a number of factors. How large is the property? Is it your forever home, a rental specification or a more appealing and functional blank canvas for a potential purchaser. Who will be using it? Is it for rental purposes or is it your home? Which type of lighting, wall lights, table or standard lamps, spotlights, a designer fitting supplied by you, a crystal chandelier (the choices and styles can impact installation costs)? Is the bedroom a teenager (or teenager in waiting) needing USB charging sockets, a television in the wardrobe and a study or gaming desk in the corner? Do you want the basics or do you want to future proof with extra outlets?

We have rewired one up one down properties for £2k plus VAT. However, spiralling material, labour and running costs make this pretty unlikely to recur. We have rewired large terrace houses, houses for multiple occupancy (HMO rewire) and rewired large detached houses for £6k plus vat.

As the size of the property increases, so does the cost and time needed to rewire the house.

What is involved in a full house rewire?

Two main stages are involved in fully rewiring a house.

Stage one is normally known as the ‘first fix’. It involves installing the actual wiring and the back boxes to all the sockets and switches present in the property. This involves quite a lot of upheavel, disruption and dust. The carpets, flooring are lifted and pulled back to expose the floor boards which again need to be lifted to allow the cables to be installed. Anywhere you see a socket or switch, we need to channel into the walls to get the cable there.

Stage two is generally called the ‘second fix’ which involves joining up the electrics by fitting the switches, lights, fuse box, and sockets. Once the final connections are made, cables are inspected to check for damage, circuits are tested to prove the circuits are electrically safe and the design complies with the latest regulations the necessary certificates are issued.

Work is then registered with local building control. The walls can then be replastered ready for the decoration to be returned to their former glory or your new design to be applied.

Rewiring a house yourself

Historically rewiring a property yourself can lead to serious consequences. ‘Jack’ from down the club may know a bit about it, as he does all trades, disciplines and subjects. Unfortunately electrical safety is a specialist subject which takes years to master. Most evolutions of the electrical regulations BS7671 are to avoid dangerous practises developed by amateurs. Progressions in electrical safety and knowledge are not readily available to DIY or amateurs. Carrying out work which saves a few quid but compromises electrical safety is not a criminal offence. However, the results may be.
It is best to hire a registered and qualified electrician to rewire your house. Even if you are planning to rewire your house yourself, you must know that you will still need an electrician to verify it and get the work signed off with your local building control. We recommend not to put yourself and your loved one’s lives in danger and leave the work to professionals. For landlords, getting a cheap job done which does not show concern for the electrical safety and well being of your tenants will not be viewed well by local authorities or indeed the legal system should the unthinkable happen.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does wiring in a house last?
It depends on the type of wiring installation. Generally, a fully rewired installation will last 30 years on full load. Depending on usage, wiring can still be safe for longer than this but you need to test it to know this (EICR).

Does rewiring a house make a mess?

The whole rewiring process can become messy, but our professional electricians make sure they leave your property clean.

Do I need to rewire my house to sell it?

If the wiring is relatively new, then rewiring is not necessary. However, if it’s outdated, you may need to rewire the house. The age of the wiring can add leverage to sale value negotiations

Does rewiring a house add value?

Yes, the value of your home will increase by having it properly rewired.

How Can Martin Day Electrician Help?

Turn to Martin Day Electrician for all your rewiring needs. Our experienced electricians will carefully inspect your current wiring and determine if it is time to rewire. All thanks to our expertise, latest technology and attention to detail, we always get the job done right the first time

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