One of the biggest concerns associated with rewiring your house is how much it will cost, especially if you’re working within a tight budget. However, given that this is a vital act of home maintenance, it is well worth the investment. It should remain a priority on your to-do list.
What Is House Rewiring?
House rewiring is a task that involves removing all of the electrical wiring from your home before replacing them with new wiring. Sockets and power points can also be replaced (and moved to new locations) during this time. Given the hazardous nature of the work, rewiring tasks should only be carried out by qualified and experienced electricians.
This procedure is often carried out for safety purposes, especially in older builds. For example, electrical faults cause over 40% of all house fires in Australia, according to NSW Gov. As a result, it’s in your best interest to ensure the wiring in your home is up to scratch.
What Are The Benefits Of Rewiring?
There are many benefits associated with rewiring your house. Firstly, rewiring your house means that your property is safe and up-to-date with Australian Safety Standards. As a result, you’re not only protecting your home but those who live inside it too.
If you’re remodelling your home, rewiring can also be used to move sockets and switches to new locations. For example, if you have access needs, you can ensure switches are lower down on the wall and easy to reach. Furthermore, an up-to-date property is more attractive to buyers should you consider reselling in the future.
When Should You Rewire Your House?
The choice of when to rewire your house falls under your discretion, but it’s crucial that you know the warning signs that the task is necessary. This could include:
- Flickering lights
- Exposed wiring
- Persistent blackouts/electrical faults
- Buzzing sounds from outlets.
- A ‘burning’ smell from outlets.
- Appliances’ spark’ when plugged in
- Discoloured or ‘burnt’ sockets and outlets.
How Much Does House Rewiring Cost?
The cost of rewiring a house can vary depending on a range of factors – from the size of the property to the accessibility of the property. However, on average, homeowners in Australia spend anywhere between $1000 to $5000 on electrical rewiring.
Factors That Can Affect Your Rewiring Cost
Size Of The Job.
The cost of this project will vary depending on whether you have the entire property rewired or a single room. Of course, a complete rewire is necessary if safety is your main priority and you have experienced the above issues.
Location Of Your Home.
As with most home maintenance services, your location determines how much the task(s) will cost. For example, areas experiencing high demand often have higher prices.
The Materials Needed.
Electricians will factor the cost of materials and supplies into their bills. As such, the more materials used, such as wires, switchboards, and outlets, the higher the cost.
It’s often beneficial to have multiple renovation projects carried out at once, as this can save you time and money. For example, you may ask the electrician to install new fixtures or automate your home, which adds to the price.
Electrician’s Hourly Rate.
Electricians charge an hourly rate instead of a flat fee, giving them a little more scope when working on a project. The more qualified and experienced they are, the higher you can expect their hourly rate to be.
Accessibility Of The Wiring.
Most rewiring tasks can be carried out without significant home modifications or damage. However, additional work will need to be carried out to access the electricity if the wires are inaccessible, resulting in an extra cost.
As mentioned previously, home modifications such as electrical rewiring are always worth the money. They enhance the value of your home and ensure that it remains a safe space for yourself and your family – which is something you cannot put a price tag on.
As a result, if you’re ready to rewire your home, you should call a certified electrician for a quote.