Rough Pricing

30 Jun 2011
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House needs rewired and i need to know roughly how much to save.

Midterrace 1962 build


Living Room, Kitchen and downstairs hall

light switches - 2
double light switches - 2
light fittings - 3
single plug sockets - 2
double plug sockets - 4
Other - Electric cooker with wall switch which switches supply to cooker on and off


2 bedrooms and bathroom

light switches - 3
double light switches - 1
light fittings - 4
single plug sockets - 2
double plug sockets -1
Other - Electric shower


light switches - 1 (also need this relocated)
double light switches - 0
light fittings - 1 (need a new one fitted post rewiring)
single plug sockets - 0
double plug sockets - 1 + 1 new one to be fitted[/u][/i]
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The quantities don't make sense.
If they are the total for each floor, they are completely inadequate.
Why all the single sockets?

Better to specify what you want for each individual room.
they are all existing electrical outlets in the house which will need rewiring.

Living Room

1 light
2 light switches (1 switches on the kitchen light)
3 plug sockets


1 light
3 plug sockets
Electrical cooker which is wired into a switch on the wall

Downstairs Hall

1 light
1 light switch

Upstairs Hall

1 light
1 light switch


1 light
1 light switch
Electrical Shower

Bedroom 1

1 light
1 light switches
1 plug sockets

Bedroom 2

1 light
1 light switches
2 plug sockets


1 light
1 light switches
1 plug sockets
Do you need a new consumer unit, upgrading of earth bonding as well?
Do bathroom lights need IP rating?
Switch for Kitchen?
Fused connection unit for boiler and extractor?
Sockets for Fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer plus above worktop appliances( kettle, toaster, blender, microwave, juicer, steamer etc..)

Isolator for shower
Outside lights
all worth considering.
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You really need to get two or three quotes by having an electrician's visit to see the details. What is a rough price worth if it could be plus or minus 25% inaccurate? A professional rewire for a house your size is going to be in the region of £2200. Having it empty with no carpets could lower the price somewhat. If it is packed with furniture then the price will go up.
Per the above, there are too many unknowns to give even a rough price. About the same as a second hand car is my usual response!

One of our regular contributors has made up a list of things to think about. You may need more than you think you do!

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
  • Radial 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
  • Alarm
  • 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 rings 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.

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.

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