Why You Should Rewire A House
Why should you rewire a house? It’s not something that you’ll have to do often, in fact it might not even be something that you were aware you needed to do. But when you’re moving into a new home it’s definitely something you should be acutely aware of. Out of date wiring can end up costing you a pretty penny in the long run, so let’s look at the specifics.
Why to rewire a house?
The obvious reason that you’ll need to rewire a house is because of the simple march of technological progress. Think about it, the clear majority of homes in the UK were built in the time after the Second World War, during which time technology has obviously improved, including wiring and fuse boxes. Not only this but the wiring of these older homes will inevitably start to show wear and tear with age.
The problems associated with out of date wiring can range from blown fuses, burning smells, and even electrical shocks. Just because you haven’t experienced any of these faults yourself, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your home doesn’t need rewiring. Older wires are less efficient in their distribution of electricity which mean that your bills could be higher than they need to be.
Older houses, typically those build over 40 years ago, were designed with aluminium wiring instead of the much more reliable, and efficient, copper wiring that we have today. Additionally, if you’ve made any adjustments to your home, such as an extension, then that’s a whole extra section of your home that needs power, which could easily be the breaking point for your home infrastructure.
In any case, the best thing you can do is fully rewire your home once every 25 years to ensure you’re tackling these problems.
It’s not just about solving problems though, rewiring your home can also bring plenty of benefits. The most productive period in Britain for house building was during the 60’s and these homes were fitted with 60-amp services, whereas these days 100-amp is the norm. Not only are the 60-amp considered to be unreliable and unsafe, they can also cost you more money due to their lack of efficiency. On top of this, upgrading your wiring can bring your home insurance costs down as you’ve actively made your home safer.
Additionally, if you’re thinking of extending your house, or undertaking a large renovation project, you should always consider your wiring before you start, if you’re unsure of its condition. Adding newer more modern appliances or extra rooms can easily overload an outdated electrical system and cost you a lot of money, something that’s never pleasant.
Rewiring a home can also add value to your house. If you’re looking to sell, then prospective buyers will always feel more encouraged knowing that everything is up to code. If there’ll be less work for them to do when they move in, most buyer will happily pay you extra for the privilege.
There are plenty of benefits to rewiring your home, whether they address older problems or just improve your home, so it’s always worth finding out if it’s been done recently or not. Of course, if you’ve lived in your home for 20-25 years then it’s something you should pursue anyway.
Remember, you need to be fully qualified to try and tackle any electrical work (especially if you want to rewire a house), not just for your own safety but for the safety of the surrounding area and the neighbourhood.