Having your house rewired is one of the most disruptive jobs that you can undergo. It involves every room and affects the floors, walls and ceilings. This can make it very stressful. Here is a short guide to make it as painless as is possible!
What to expect when having a rewire
It’s important to understand what is involved when having major work carried out on your house. Many people only think about the switches and socket outlets when they think about their project. In fact that is the simple (and clean) part. In reality be prepared for dirt and dust. We will have to replace the wires that run in the floors walls and ceilings
Five simple steps
1. Work out what you need, don’t add later
Before you start it is essential to know what you want the finished project to look like. This takes time and vision, use our questionnaire to help you think about what you will need. When the dust has settled (quite literally) what will it look like and how will it work for you tomorrow and in ten years time? Think back 10 or 15 years, how much more tech do we have now than then, will that increase in the next ten years? When we work out your quote we will allocate time and resources to the project. We will work to a set programme; if halfway through you change your mind this will affect costs, so ask questions (even silly ones) from the start, think creatively and enjoy the process.
2. Manage costs
We would all love to have a house like Wallace and Gromit’s where we are supported in everything we do by tech (well maybe not quite like Wallace and Gromit!) but it is important to think realistically about budget right from the start. The advice we would give people is two things. Firstly think on three levels need, want and dream. With this list of priorities you can ask us what different levels would cost and you can work out which bits work for you. The second piece of advice is to offset costs. By this we mean if money is tight at the current time invest in the infrastructure and complete the finish later. You might choose to have the extra circuits that you want but have standard white sockets etc. fitted then later when you can afford a bit more have these changed over to fancy brushed nickle etc.
3. Planning is essential
If you plan ahead the work can be much less stressful. One of the most important parts to this is communication with and between your different trades making sure timings work for everyone including you. Generally the electricians will come in and 1st fix, then the plasterers will turn up, the electricians are back to 2nd fix, then painters and decorators and finally carpet fitters. As you can see there are a lot of people to organise and order is everything. Also if you are buying fittings you need to count up how many you need of each kind and have them on site well before the work starts.
4. Clear the rooms
As we have already said a rewire involves putting cables in the ceilings, walls and under the floors, because of this rooms need to be as empty as they can be. There are two reasons for this. Firstly the more that is in a room the more likely it is that something will get damaged either by dust or when it is being moved or worked around and that can cause problems. Secondly moving furniture and carpets takes time and time is money. We have to charge if we are moving furniture and carpets as it takes so much time so even if you can’t move it out box it up to make the moving quicker and safer.
5. Move out if you can
If you can move out or get away (we understand many people can’t) while the work is being done that is always best for everyone. It means you don’t have to live with the dust and dirt and we can work on a wider scope of the job at the same time. It will also save you money as we will be able to work more quickly.
The final finish!
As said above it is important to get all your trades ready to go. We will agree with you the level of finish that we will leave. On small jobs we will normally agree to fill over the parts of the wall where we have put cables. We will leave the surface slightly below wall level so it can be filled over, we will also put carpets back in place but not refit them. On larger jobs we would normally leave capping over cables and leave it ready for the plasterers to finish and again the carpets can be put back but not fitted. On all projects there is a likelihood that the floor boards will need to be cut and lifted.