When to Consider a Home Rewire
While there's no strict guidance on when to rewire your home, there are several signs that may warrant a rewiring project. At Keith Gunn Electrical Solutions, we recommend a preliminary Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) to help you make that decision (for more on our EICR services).
During an EICR, our NICEIC-certified electrician will compile a list of potential dangers and/or recommendations for your electrical systems within the property. If they believe your building will benefit from a rewiring project, they will advise you to do so.
If you are unsure if you need electrical rewiring, there are multiple signs that you may need a home rewire, such as:
- Flickering lights.
- Burning smell (please turn off your electrics if this is present and contact an electrician).
- Discolouration on sockets or switches, such as burn marks.
- If you have purchased an older property, it will likely need an electrical rewire.
- Sparks and electric shocks (please refrain from investigating by yourself and contact an electrician).
- Buzzing and crackling. (If you hear any suspicious noises from your sockets, contact an electrician).
- Any cables that are sheathed in any material that isn’t PVC – such as lead, fabric or black rubber.
- Lack of earthing (green and yellow cabling) present at light switches, sockets, or light fittings.
- Signs of overheating on cables, accessories or the consumer unit (also known as a fuse board).
If there are multiple of these issues, your home will likely need rewiring to be a safe property to live or work in.
How Long Does a Rewire Take?
While most rewiring can be completed within 4 days for standard properties, more complex rewires may extend to 8 working days, but our goal is always to minimize disruption to your life.
Understanding the urgency often associated with rewiring needs, we ensure that we have swift response times in completing the rewiring of your property. Our standard lead time for a full rewire, from free evaluation to the rewiring itself, can be completed within 1–2 weeks, but we can expedite the process for urgent cases, ensuring your safety and peace of mind.
How Much Does a Rewire Cost?
Every one of our rewiring jobs comes with a free evaluation, so you can expect a transparent price when you rewire with Keith Gunn Electrical Solutions.
Our rewiring cost encompasses stripping out old wires, installing a new metal fuse board with full RCD and SPD protection, and accommodating additional sockets, switches, and lighting positions. Tailoring our services to your needs, we can even hardwire CAT6 (internet) or coax (Television) cables.
A rough guideline for a 3-bedroom home in Edinburgh, rewiring costs typically range between £5000-£6000, while a 1 or 2-bedroom home averages £2000-£4000.
We understand that this can seem like a costly sum, so we also offer financing options through a trusted partner, which can be discussed before the electrical rewire.
Our NICEIC Guarantee
Choosing Keith Gunn Electrical Solutions means placing your property in the hands of reliable, NICEIC-certified electricians. With over 30 years of experience, you can be assured ensure your home rewire will be painless.
Upon accepting our quote, a pre-start meeting with our operations manager ensures a thorough understanding of the work details. Spot checks and a final snagging process guarantee work meets our high standards.
As standard, we offer a two-year warranty, and our NICEIC platinum promise adds an extra layer of assurance to our commitment to quality service.
If you are uncertain about rewiring your home or aren’t sure what a home rewire may entail, we are more than happy to discuss the process with you.
You can reach us through our contact form, or by:
Calling 031 225 3205
Or using our state-of-the-art online booking tool. Please be aware that this will only give a rough estimate of the cost, as an inspection of the property will need to take place before an official quote can be made.