Planning the design of each room
We have all experienced the grief of an inconveniently placed outlet. So one of the perks of rewiring a house is that you get to tailor your house to meet your needs. A rewire enables you to choose the location and number of outlets you have in each room.
So before you start getting quotes, you should go through the house and decide what you need. The best thing to do is draw out each room on a piece of paper and pinpoint the location of outlets you’d like.
Then consider what fixtures or fittings you’d like the room to have. Fleshing out your ideas in this way will make sure you get a more accurate quote – and spare you the cost of adding things midway. Changing your mind or adding features once the work is underway is a costly process.
Accessibility and moving furniture
An electrician will need unrestricted access to the walls, floors and ceilings. This means any furniture blocking will need to be moved – either to another area of the property or into storage. You’ll also need to consider covering your furniture in some way to protect it from dust and damage.
Relocating during the house rewire
Electricians prefer and work more efficiently in a vacant space. If the house is unoccupied, they do not have to worry about returning it to a liveable condition at the end of every day. In other words, removing their tools, replacing the floorboards, reinstating power and tidying up (only to have to prepare the space again in the morning).
This process of cleaning down the area can slow down the job considerably; and the longer the job takes, the more it will cost to rewire your house. On top of this, the house will be noisy, messy and dusty for the duration of the work (so not very pleasant).
However, if staying elsewhere isn’t an option, it is possible to remain at home. Have a conversation with whoever you hire about how you can make the process as easy as possible for both parties.