Rewiring your home is messy work. Walls come down, carpets come up and there is dust everywhere. It is one of the most disruptive home improvement projects you can undergo. So before you decide to go ahead with it, it’s best to do your homework.
In this guide, we cover:
- How to know if your house needs rewiring, including the telltale signs
- What rewiring a house involves
- How to prepare for a house rewire
- And your frequently asked questions
Does my house need rewiring?
The best way to determine if your house needs rewiring is to get an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). An EICR assesses the state of your current electrical system, checking for any damage, defects or dangerous conditions – i.e. signs that your installation needs updating. Our Electrical Installation Condition Report guide tells you everything you need to know.
Signs that your house needs rewiring
The next best way to figure out if your house needs rewiring is to look out for the telltale signs.
- The cabling is covered in rubber, fabric or lead
- Your consumer unit trips out regularly
- You can hear a crackling/buzzing noise
- Your fuses and/or bulbs keep blowing out
- Your lights are flickering a lot
- Your consumer unit is deteriorating on or around the components and is discoloured
- Your consumer unit is out of date (the date of a consumer unit is on the inside of the unit’s door, printed on the information label)
At the very least, these signs suggest that your electrics need checking.
Calling out an electrician will allow you to figure out what, if anything, is wrong and if it needs rewiring.