Make no bones about it. House Rewiring is a big undertaking, and it isn’t cheap. Still, to ensure the safety, longevity and sell-on value of your property, it is something you can’t afford to put off indefinitely. Add to that; it might just be one of the safest investments you will ever make.
People often ask us where all the cost comes from. How do we justify the charge? Surely, it just involves ripping out a few old wires and whacking in some new ones, right? Far from it, and a less friendly electrician would likely be ticked off at such a crude description!
So, let’s take the hypothetical scenario of rewiring a medium 3-bed house, right here in Leicestershire. What are the elements of the job and how do they surmount to the total? Here at S. Hughes Electrical, we’re not ones to dance around the issue, so we’ll get straight down to the crux of it:
First of all, we will only ever complete all work to the latest regulation (2017), and when the house is cleared of all possessions.
In a nutshell, the quote at the end of this blog post covers everything from the meter onwards. In summary, your 3-bed abode will likely need:
- Three double sockets in each bedroom.
- Eight in the front room.
- Up to 14 power points in the kitchen.
- Two double hallway sockets.
- Two smoke alarms, tested and fitted.
- A range of down-lighters as well as general ceiling lighting.
- Bathroom wall light and shaver point.
- Point of immersion/water heater.
- An outside power point and two external security lights. Garage power, points and light.
- New split loaded consumer unit.
- We’re also assuming you want the white plastic finish on all the insertions – as most people do!
Our figure also takes into account full electrical bonding – that’s where we electrically connect all exposed metallic items not designed to carry electricity in a room or building, as protection from electric shock.
We will also arrange for a plasterer to pay a visit to repair the walls and ceilings – however, we’ll leave it to you to paint or wallpaper over the dried plaster.
Finally, we’ll need to remove and dispose of all waste material.
Phew… a lot more than just a few wires. So, taking labour, materials, travel and waste disposal into consideration, the cost totals at somewhere between £3,500 and £4,000 for a rewire of this size.
Remember, rewiring your property ensures it is safer, adheres to the latest regulation, is less likely to encounter electrical problems, has increased market value and is more saleable for generations to come. If you are thinking about a full house rewire, why not drop us a line to discuss your requirements.