Beginners guide to rewiring a house

Step 1: find a reliable NICEIC certified electrician.

As you might imagine rewiring a house isn’t the kind of task that is suitable for DIY, whatever your skill level.

Houses usually need rewiring because the existing electrical systems are too old and no longer comply with current safety standards. Or perhaps you’ve just bought a house and discovered that it has been wired badly by a previous owner?

As with any job, make sure you ring around and compare quotes, contractor’s reputation, and that their availability meets your needs. Roberts Electrical are a domestic electrician with an excellent track record in Oxford – we are friendly, professional, and reliable.

Rewiring a house is a big job and could take over a weekdepending on the size of the property, so make sure you aim to have the work done at a time of least inconvenience.

Step 2: work begins

The process of removing and replacing all your wiring, sockets, lighting and your fuse box isn’t going to be easy, and if you have the option of moving out while the work is underway, take it. If you’ve just bought a property, try and avoid moving in until rewiring has been finished: remember you could be without electricity for 5 – 15 days.

Of benefit of undertaking this job is that you can now decide where the plugsockets go, and if you fancy an additional ceiling light in the kitchen, for example, this would be a good opportunity to get it done.

Step 3: relax knowing that your electrical systems are now safe and compliant with Part P building regulations.

Does my house need rewiring?

Easy to spot clues include:

  • Black rubber insulation on cables
  • Old style fuse box
  • Bathroom light with switch instead of cord-pull.

If you think you need a professional assessment call Roberts Electrical for an electrician in Oxford and local areas.