What to expect when rewiring your home

What to expect when rewiring your home
November 6, 2015

Renovating your home is a great way to add your own personal touch to it, but make sure you’re prepared for the many hiccups that can pop up along the way.

At this point you’ve probably heard it a dozen times, but renovations can be costly and sometimes homeowners aren’t prepared for all the costs that come along with rewiring their homes.

To give homeowners more information about the hidden costs that could come up, we spoke with the co-founder and Managing Director of NZ Trade Group, Andrewe Brown.

Here’s what he had to say:

Comparing quotes and allocating budgets

When you get an electrician over to your home for a free quote, be aware quoting can be very time-consuming for electricians, as it takes a while to fully understand the electrical layout of your home. That’s why most companies will give you an estimate, rather than a specific quote.

If you’re wanting a more accurate price, it could be beneficial to pay the electrician to do a thorough investigation of your home so they can fully understand the current wiring system in your house.

Variations: expecting the unexpected

When rewiring an existing dwelling, variations are bound to occur and will have an impact on your pricing.

For instance, older homes often mean older wiring, and electricians sometimes have to work with electrical layouts that are more than 50 years old, or that have gone through numerous renovations over the years, so parts of the dwelling may need to have the wiring upgraded to meet current rules and regulations.

Why rewires cost more than new builds

Some homeowners think rewiring their home will be cheaper than wiring a newly built house, as the wiring is already in place. However, rewiring is often more expensive as the number of visits an electrician could need to make is two, three or four times the amount of a new build.

An electrician needs to be on site to ensure the wiring is removed and areas are safe for demolition then return to do the prewiring to the newly built walls, and as the owner often wants to remain in the dwelling with as much power “on” as possible, this process is done wall-by-wall, day-by-day, each one requiring a visit, so time (and travel time) quickly escalates from what is involved for a new home wire or prewire.

With added changes and variables, rewiring often becomes bigger than the homeowner anticipated, but if you work hard during the planning stage, it will be easier to adapt to the different variables that come up along the way, not to mention make the process more enjoyable.

With over 100 member electrical firms, NZ Trade Group has professional and easy to locate tradespeople all around the country. Visit www.nztradegroup.co.nz or head straight to our Find a Tradesperson search tool to find out more. 

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