Rewiring your home is all about electrical safety, but what must you consider before you go ahead?

Age: when your home was built or when it was last rewired

The first thing to consider is the age of your home. Basic guidelines suggest that if a house was built between 25 and 30 years ago, then it’s the ideal candidate for a rewire. Age can be one of the biggest indicators to the safety of your home, although in some cases older houses do contain newer electrical wiring (but that’s essentially down to the houses current or previous owners).

If you’re unsure of the age of your home or when electrical rewiring last ook place, then there’s no need to panic. Many electrical rewiring companies offer a ‘Rewiring Survey’ of your home, giving you essential insight into it’s safety. Some companies may even offer this service for free.

For more information on how your home could be surveyed and how much it may cost you, the Homebuilding & Renovating website is full of helpful information to assist;

Key indicators: Fuse Box and Visible Wiring in and around your home

Other than age, there are a few simple ways to asses the safety of your home yourself. These key warning signs can also give away the age of your home and how long ago it was wired.

Visible wiring in the home and sockets are things that you can look at and assess yourself. If wires look frayed or old then it’s likely they will need removed and replaced with safer, more up-to-date cabling. In addition to this, if sockets and plugs feel hot to the touch then this is something that you can’t ignore.

If your fuse box is mounted on a wooden structure, this is likely to suggest that your home has been wired between 40 and 50 years ago and is in urgent need of attention from a professional.

Sometimes things as simple as a flickering or dimming light can be an indicator that the electricity in your home needs attention to ensure it’s safety.

If you are in any doubt, please contact us and we can arrange a free assessment.