When to Get a Rewire
There is no strict guidance on when you should get your home rewired but there are many reasons why you may need a rewire. At Keith Gunn, we always encourage clients to get a preliminary EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) carried out so inform you best and help make this decision. Our EICRs are backed up by visual inspections and tests on the condition of your electrical installation.
An EICR test on your home electrical system is similar to an MOT for your car. Our testing engineer will compile a list of potential dangers and/or recommendations for improvements you can make in an observations section that exists in the report alongside providing a summary of your electrical installation. If you have recently moved into a new property or are planning on renovating your property, we would recommend you get an EICR carried out prior to the works. We would also recommend performing an EICR every 10 years in accordance with IET Guidance Note 3 (section3.7, table 3.2).
An EICR test fully determines your need for a rewire but there are some other more evident signs that you would be able to spot on your own. If you have noticed any of the following, get in touch with an electrician as soon as possible for a professional opinion –
- Frequent tripping of circuits
- Crackling switches
- Signs of overheating on cables, accessories or the consumer unit (fuse board)
- Lamps (light bulbs) blowing regularly
- Lack of earthing (green/yellow cable) present at light switches, sockets or light fittings
- Cables sheathed in anything other than PVC – this could be lead, fabric or black rubber.
We can usually advise you based on photos of your fuse box (consumer unit) and some of the electrical accessories on your property. At Keith Gunn we provide a free in-person survey, simply send us photos, your contact your details and brief message on what you’re looking for. You can do this over our contact form or our online booking tool when it best suits you.
How Much Does a Rewire Cost?
Included in the cost for a rewiring is the stripping out as much as possible of all old wires and installation of a new metal fuse board that has full RCD and SPD protection. Keith Gunn can add new sockets, switches and lighting positions to suit your needs and can hardwire CAT6 (internet) or coax (Television) cables whilst running the cable’s sockets.
For a 3-bedroom home in Edinburgh, the cost of a rewire will largely depend on the specification but will usually range between £4000-£6000. A 1 or 2 bedroom will cost roughly £3000 - £4500 specification dependent.
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How Long Does a Rewire Take?
Our highly experienced team of electricians have perfected our rewiring process over many years to ensure we can get the job done as efficiently as possible. Dependent on size and specification of your property, we can complete most rewires within 4 days. More complex rewires can take up to 8 working days. At Keith Gunn we will always endeavour to do this with as little disruption to your life as possible.
How Quickly Can You Undertake a Electrical Rewire?
We know that rewiring your home can be stressful and can be a result of other building works with wiring issues found, entire loss of power or power failure due to an electrical fault. When disaster happens, we believe it’s important to have the work completed as soon as possible so are normally able to accommodate bookings of this kind with speed and efficiency. Our standard lead time for a full rewire is 1 – 2 weeks but can expedite the process if you are in urgent need.
Speak to us about finance options available to help with the cost of your rewiring project. We’re registered with the FCA and will guide you through the process to ensure it’s the right option for you.
Trust Our Workmanship
Choosing a contractor to perform work on your property can be a daunting task. We fully understand and appreciate that you want to feel like your property is in the hands of a reliable team.
Keith Gunn Electrical Solutions are a long-established contractor with a wealth of 5-star reviews across Google, Facebook and Trusted Trader. Over the years we have built trust with our customers and as a result of our reputation, have expanded to offering our services to the rest of Scotland. Everyone we send out to do your electrical work is directly employed by Keith Gunn and our manager of operations performs spot checks regularly to ensure we are maintaining the high standards we’re known for.
During your rewire you can expect the following:
- Free Initial Survey to determine what you require. This will be performed by one of our estimators.
- Once you accept our quote, a pre-start meeting will follow with our manager of operations. During this we will run through all of the details of the work and prepare you for work on your rewire to start.
- When we start the work, our operations manager will attend on site to get the engineers started and ensure that all of your belongings are well protected with dust sheets and coverings.
- Two spot checks will then be performed by our operations manager. This happens at different stages to ensure the work meets standards.
- We will snag the rewire on the final day of the work to make sure everything is working as it should.
- Once you are back into your property, one of our office team will get in touch to arrange a handover. This is with the operations manager and will usually be at the start of the following week to allow time for you to settle back into your property and allow you to properly check our work.
- If any snagging items are found, the operations manager will arrange for one of our engineers to attend at your convenience to fix the problem.
As standard, we offer a two-year warranty. Additionally, we are covered by NICEIC platinum promise.