Are you considering rewiring your home any time soon? If yes then you should better explore the following sections of this blog post. It discusses few crucial facts related to your project.
Be very cautious and careful
Rewiring can be tricky and dangerous. Thus it demands a careful approach. If you are a DIY enthusiast, do follow the local regulations and legislations. As far as the UK is concerned, the Part P of the Buildings Regulations deals with electrical safety in residential buildings. It is relevant mentioning that it covers both the major alterations and new amendments like new kitchens and extensions for the homes across the country.
Better gauge whether wiring is really required
Wiring in homes that have been left untouched or not rewired for more than 20 – 30 years usually needs to be worked upon says a qualified tradesman with years of experience in electrical rewiring in London. This is mostly because of two factors. Old wiring is prone to develop leaks and is potentially dangerous. More than that old electrical wiring systems are not efficient enough to meet the demands of modern living.
Layout a proper plan before going on the mission
Electrical rewiring of any property – residential or commercial – invariably turns out to be disruptive and messy. The work is done in two stages. First the wiring and cables are properly installed. Then everything is joined up or made live after the front ends of switches, sockets and lighting have been installed. Those stretches of wire go everywhere within your home – through the walls, across the ceiling and along the floor.
Thus the first stage of wiring becomes easier when all the carpets and furniture are removed. Ceiling needs to be cut into while floorboards require to be lifted to create a mess everywhere around. Perhaps now you have understood how important it is to get the homework thoroughly done to minimise your effort and inconvenience..
No additions in midway
One of the major reasons to say no to additions in midway is that spirals up the cost and stretches the deadline. How to avoid those costly and time-consuming affairs? Layout a thorough plan of your place with each room separated on graph paper. Mark up the positions of beds, sofas, kitchen units accurately. Once the graphical representation is ready, you can sit down to determine the lighting and switches that you need.
Remember even tiny additions like bedside or ‘under the cabinet’ lighting is easy to install if planned from the start but undeniably expensive if taken up later. Apart from task, feature and mood lighting you must consider other aspects like external security lights, garden RCD safety sockets, heat and smoke alarms to name a few.
Do not neglect future-proofing
We are in the age of technology and living amidst a super consumer society that no one witnessed ever in the past. From the aspect of electricity this means homes now cannot be without TV sets in bathrooms, electronic gadgets in kitchens, mood lighting, high speed Wi-Fi, surround sound and such other features that never existed anytime in the past. Electrical circuits must be efficient enough to support you with modern lifestyle. And for that you must plan ahead. Now you have to consider the following factors for a perfect rewiring in your home:
- Will there be speakers installed in each room?
- Is it necessary to have the Internet connectivity cable to go through every room?
- Are security systems going to be installed in each room?
Based on your answers you design an efficient wiring plan for your home which makes your place fully future-proof for years ahead.
Shift elsewhere temporarily if possible
Full rewiring usually requires an empty home. However moving out may not be feasible for every family. So householders live in the crunched space of one room while electrical wiring work goes all around them. Moving out temporarily is the best option while your home is undergoing rewiring. But if that cannot take place then you must at least ensure spreading dust-cover over furniture and other costly items. Even your electrical equipment should be shifted to the other room.
Know the way electricians work
Experienced and qualified electricians usually work on fixed price as far as domestic works are concerned. Then they add up the cost of alterations. Thus as a consumer you are assured to get the fix supply and fitting first. This includes back boxes as well as cabling. Then they talk to you for specifications you want to complete the second fix. Thus the total house rewire cost in London varies from project to project or home to home.
The tips discussed above are expected to help you out while rewiring your home.