rewire general cost

9 Aug 2010
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Hey, i have a one bed back to back terrace in leeds which needs rewiring,

basically im told by countless people it needs it, unfortionatley the previous owners bought the house off the council just before they rewired the rest of the street.

got one living room, small kitchen, small landing, bedroom and a bathroom. Also a loft and a cellar which i will convert in the future.

I want
4 doubles in living room
4 doubles in bedroom
2 doubles in kitchen
outlets for 4 built in appliances
central heating wiring(future job)
7 ceiling roses and switches, 2way on landing/stairs
2 wall light wiring in living room
double switch in kitchen with wiring for undercounter lights
wiring for 4 double sockets in loft for future
wiring for 4 double sockets in cellar for future

id ideally want 2 mains smoke alarms, wiring for an alarm, wiring for 4x tv sockets and telephone master rewiring with 2x extensions all concealed in wall.

is this a 2/3 grand sort of job? thanks
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you need a survey and for the sparks to look round, i would suggest you are looking at £2700+ in Yorkshire. I work mainly up there want a quote feel free to ask
So you are having central heating in the future?
Is this a connecting point for a boiler or electrical heating you wished to be installed.
I have just priced up for a 2 bedroom cottage in West Yorkshire, all the old cables are out and the walls and ceilings are bare and to be dry-lined. No loft or cellar work.
Don't forget the lights for the loft and cellar too.
Quoted 1600 GBP
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Draw your floor footprints and mark up your requirements and pass this fixed plan out to 3 x contractors.

A schedule of requirements should be added.

So something like this

Ground floor lighting- switches and rose, kitchen, recpt, hall, outside
Ground floor sockets- hall x 1, reception room x 5
Kitchen sockets- 4 x sockets, 2 spurs washer + tumble drier
Kitchen- cooker (hob and oven)
Kitchen- boiler
1st floor sockets- hall, bedroom, loft
1st lights- bedroom, bathroom, bath mirror, bath fan. loft
Shower ?

Basement could be separate or taken from ground floor circuits.

TV amp via f/spur depending on location, depends which circuit to use.

The idea is to plan the work to a point where few or no sudden surprises come mid job. The more accurate you are the firmer the quote would be.

You also need to consider how far making good of chases and box bashing will go. Will you arrange a plasterer or should you ask for a quote based on making good to a ready to decorate finish.

Post back queries and we can help firm up job spec.

Think hard about where to have sockets - it's difficult to have too many, and also about what circuits to have. The items on the list below won't all apply to you, but they are worth thinking about:

  • Upstairs sockets
  • Downstairs sockets
  • Kitchen sockets
  • Circuit for appliances
  • Cooker circuit
  • Non-RCD circuit for F/F
  • Non-RCD circuit for CH boiler
  • Dedicated circuit for hifi
  • Dedicated circuit for IT equipment
  • Upstairs lights
  • Downstairs lights
  • Immersion heater
  • Loft lights
  • Shower
  • Bathroom circuit
  • Alarms
  • Supply for outside lights
  • Supply for garden electrics
  • Supply for shed/garage
Plus any peculiarities brought about by your house layout & construction - e.g. in mine because of solid floors and where the socket circuits run, I have a radial just for a socket in the hall, the doorbell and the porch lights.

Unless you want to go to the expense of RCBOs throughout, the CU should have at least 3 sections, 2 on RCDs and one not into which you can install a mix of RCBOs and MCBs.

It can be a good idea to put all wiring in conduit for ease of future changes. And if you specify metal conduit for switch drops, or BS 8436 cable it removes the need to have RCDs where you'd rather not.

If you live somewhere where supplies are dodgy in the winter, have the lights, the boiler supply, and a socket in each room wired to a separate CU, or a separate section in a large one, that can be supplied by an emergency generator - lights, heating, TV and a kettle/microwave make life a lot more bearable.

Flood-wiring with Cat6 or Cat6a cable is worth thinking about.

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