Rewiring your home may not be an expense that you’re overly happy about paying, but if your existing wiring poses a risk of fire or electrocution, it’s an expense that you are most definitely going to have to wear. It’s simply not worth the risk to your family and friends. In this article, we have taken a closer look at some of the signs that suggest you may need to rewire a house, as well as how much you can expect such a project to cost.
How can I tell if rewiring is necessary?
There isn’t really any way to know for sure without having a licensed electrician come out to your home to inspect the wiring. There are, however, some signs that an inspection is necessary. If you have repeated minor electrical problems (such as safety switches that keep tripping without cause, light globes not lasting very long and power fluctuations), it could definitely be a sign that your existing wiring is frayed, not properly grounded or otherwise damaged.
Reputable electricians will also recommend that you rewire a house if it’s more than a few decades old. When your house was built, the standards and technology were likely not the same as they are today, so it’s a good idea to update the wiring to modern alternatives if possible. Plus, the older the wiring is, the more likely it has sustained some sort of damage over the years (even if it’s not apparent to you just yet).
How much is rewiring going to cost?
It’s difficult for us to provide an exact answer to this question, as several factors will influence the cost of rewiring. Copper wiring, for example, is not cheap so the amount you need will have an impact on the cost (according to some estimates, the wiring alone could set you back around $600 on average). The major cost, however, will be in the labour. It will generally depend on two factors – your electrician’s hourly rate, and the ease of access to the wiring.
When obtaining quotes, don’t be surprised if they vary dramatically. Rewiring a typical 3 bedroom house, for example, could be quoted at the lower end for around $4000 and at the higher end for as much as $8000. Neither end of the spectrum is necessarily better than the other. Before accepting any quote, it is important that you have determined whether the electrician is trustworthy or not and that they’re going to provide you with quality work.
We hope that the information provided above has given you a much better idea of why it might be necessary to rewire a house and how much such a project is going to set you back. At the end of the day, it’s important that you view this as an investment in the safety of your home and family rather than an unwanted cost – faulty and damaged wiring poses all sorts of hazards, so it’s important that you don’t let issues go unattended until it’s too late.