When exactly do you need to consider rewiring a house?
You may have recently arranged a Home Safety Assessment and the Master Electrician/Inspector informed you that your wiring is dodgy.
Or you may be buying an older-style Melbourne home and need to know that you are going to be safe and sound.
You may even be selling an old home and want to add “Fully Rewired” as a selling point.
Or it may be that you’re experiencing the tell-tale signs that a house rewiring is imminent, such as:
- lights dimming, particularly at night
- circuit breakers going off way too often
- safety switches that trip easily
- outlets and cords that get warm when in use
- mild electrical shocks from appliances, switches & sockets
- fuses that blow regularly (if you have fuses, we recommend a switchboard upgrade)
- and frequent power outages.
Whichever way you decide that you need new house rewiring, it will pay you to know exactly what’s involved in rewiring a house.
First things first, rewiring a house won’t come cheap
Rewiring a house is a long and involved process that can take 4 or 5 days to accomplish by a qualified Home Electrician.
With your family’s safety at stake – not to mention future generations of families – there can be absolutely NO shortcuts.
Nor will Hit The Switch ever compromise on quality.
So if you’re looking for the quickest or the cheapest house rewiring in Melbourne, we guarantee you it won’t be Hit The Switch.
If on the other hand you want your home rewired safely, and the rewiring done properly, you can trust us to do a first class job.
And as anyone who’s ever had a bad experience with a tradie will tell you, that’s much better than saving a few bucks.
Rewiring a house, step by step
The first thing Hit The Switch will do before rewiring a house is conduct a full electrical assessment.
This is crucial because on the surface, things can appear perfectly OK and it’s only when you delve deeper that you can notice problems.
For example, you might have a brand new switchboard, but upon closer inspection, we might discover that that the existing wiring is not up to scratch…visibly worn or cracked cabling, perished black rubber cables, or – worst of all – metal conduit with cloth cabling.
We’ll also look out for cracked and broken General Purpose Outlets (power points), damaged light fittings and electrical issues in outdoor areas.
When we get up into the ceiling and other inaccessible places, that’s when it becomes perfectly clear whether or not you need your house rewired.
As part of a check-listed report we’ll supply you with, we’ll take photos to show you where the problems are and point out areas where there are potential safety risks.
Then comes the big question…
“How much will it cost to rewire my house?”
Once you’ve gone through the report, we’ll supply you with an all-inclusive estimate, detailing precisely what is included, item by item.
Obviously, there is no “one-size-fits-all” cost of rewiring a house…each home has to be assessed on its own merits based on aspects such as size, age, accessibility and more.
As we said, it won’t be cheap; our estimate won’t be the cheapest OR the dearest however rest assured, if there are ways to save you money – without compromising on safety or quality – we will do so.
If a whole-house re-wire is more than you can afford or if the disruption will prove too much, we can do it in stages…although this is NOT our preferred option.
Things you need to know about rewiring a house
Hit The Switch will do everything possible to ensure that the rewiring process runs quickly, smoothly and stress-free – and that you are 100% happy with the outcome.
Bear in mind that house rewiring is a major project.
A full house rewire means the wiring in every room of your home has to be replaced. All cabling, light fittings, switches and sockets will be fully removed and replaced with new ones.
You can elect to keep all existing appliances and switches where they are so you don’t have to change things around, or you can look at areas where convenience can be improved.
For example, single sockets can be replaced with double sockets, or a kitchen aisle bench could be hooked up for power, or you may want to add downlights to living areas.
House rewiring with minimal inconvenience
An average house rewiring in Melbourne takes the best part of a week to complete.
However, Hit The Switch will strive to complete the project with the least amount of disruption and inconvenience.
Worst case scenario, we may have to kill the power completely.
Rest assured, if we do we can set up alternative arrangement to keep the house ticking along, and make sure you have access to your fridge, hot water, and heater.
Many of our customer make arrangements to take a short break during the house rewiring process, or visit family and friends.
And naturally, the family BBQ will get a good workout.
Is rewiring a house messy?
Absolutely. Especially at first.
With old wires and cables being pulled out from dusty ceilings and floorboards, and a lot of drilling, etc taking place, there will be considerable mess…but Hit The Switch pride ourselves on the way we treat our clients’ homes with respect, and leave them as clean and tidy as if they were our own.
We will give you plenty of notice, but to alleviate potential mess and to protect your valuables, it would help if you take care of the following:
- All paintings, photos and wall hanging taken down
- Electrical items such as TVs removed from walls, and covered.
- Furniture repositioned away from walls and sockets, and covered
- Rugs taken up
- Allow clear access in and out of your home.
NB. If we discover any asbestos during the house rewiring, we will have it taken care of in the safest, most ecologically-sustainable manner.
After the house rewiring
When the house rewiring is completed, we will once again take photos of the completed job to show you what has been done, and provide you with the necessary electrical documentation, including a Certificate of Electrical Safety (COES).
Once the wiring is in place, we can then also set up everything else you need in terms of home entertainment, home computers, telephone, television and other data and electrical.
As we say in an earlier blog article: How can I tell if my Melbourne house needs rewiring? a recent rewire can help you sell an older home… “if it comes to a choice of a home that has been rewired and one that has not, which would YOU choose?”
For more information and advice about rewiring a house, please feel free to call us on 1300 205 205, or simply click here to contact us.