As satisfying as it may be to move into a new home, some improvements should be made before you settle in, to avoid inconveniences and unpleasant surprises down the line. Apart from the classic refurbishing consisting of a repaint job, roof repair and floor replacement, there is another large scale job that requires your attention and that should actually be done first: old wiring. When looking for a new home to buy, you don’t have time to properly inspect the condition of the electrical system apart from flipping the switches a couple of times, but that is not enough to make sure it works. Ideally, you should contact a professional electrician in Haywards Heath to assess the condition of the wiring. If it does need replacement, it’s better you do this before starting to renovate and avoid making a mess twice.
Why old wiring is unsafe
Technically, old wiring still works and it still meets the safety standards that were in place when the house was built. However, if you bought an older house from the 1970s or even earlier, old wiring could pose a safety hazard. On the one hand, wear and tear affect everything, wires included, and the entire installation will have reduced performance. The wiring in old homes was installed for that specific period, when the average family didn’t have as many appliances. So, it might have worked well for a TV, fridge and an oven, but today the modern family has a couple of computers, air conditioning and HVAC and many other appliances and the old wiring can’t keep up, leading to an increased risk of short-circuits. On the other hand, old fuse boxes are neither safe or convenient, so upgrading to a new one would make your house a much safer place.
How to rewire an old house
Once you’ve decided that you want to rewire your house, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with a professional electrician to find out how much it would cost you and what supplies you need. Although there are many tutorials on how to replace fuse boxes, sockets and switches yourself, rewiring is not a DIY project and you could get seriously hurt. After you’ve hired and electrician, talk about the types of wires and cables you would like to use and the placement of the sockets. It might be a good idea to install sockets for appliances you don’t have yet, in case you might want to use them later. For example, if you know you might want to install an AC, install a socket for it. You should also ask the electrician if all the appliances you want to buy are supported by your wiring configuration. For example, a heavy duty electric cooktop isn’t safe to install, so it’s better to ask the electrician in advance to know what to expect. Needless to say, rewiring is an important home improvement project that’s worth the investment, so it shouldn’t be done on a bargain.