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HOW DO I PREPARE? ahead. Don't just think about what
you need now, but also consider
Before starting the first fix stage, it is
what you might want in the future.
important to do some planning - you
need to decide where you want your
lights, plug points and any other
WHAT IS THE LIKELY
electrical items to be located.
TOTAL COST?
This is best done by drawing a plan
The cost of rewiring, including first and
of your home and marking up the
second fix, with standard sockets
position of furniture, kitchen units,
and switches (excluding light fittings),
doors, fittings and so on. You can then
should be around £1,000-£1,500 for
write on where you would like your
a kitchen extension. The UK average
lighting and switches to go.
cost for rewiring a three-bed semi
Under-cabinet and bedside lighting
is £3,500, although prices vary
should be included, too, as they
depending on where you live, the
are easy to install at the start,
size of the house, whether
but a good deal more
it is empty and the
costly to add later.
complexity of the job.
When making
IN 2006, UK WIRING
significant alterations
HOW LONG
COLOURS CHANGED
or additions to the
WILL THE
TO THE FOLLOWING:
wiring in your home,
JOB TAKE?
NEUTRAL = BLUE
bear in mind building
As a general rule,
POSITIVE = BROWN
regulations come
a kitchen rewire is
EARTH = GREEN/
into force. Electrical
likely to take two days
YELLOW.
Safety (dwellings):
to complete, while
Approved Document P
the first and second fix
requires that any electrical work
on a three-bedroom semi will
must be designed and installed
probably take two days each.
to protect people from fire and
electric shocks.
IS THERE A WAY TO
Your electrician should be able
MINIMISE THE COST?
to advise you on how he or she will
Prepping as much as you can for your
comply with this legal requirement.
electrician, by cutting channels in
the plasterwork for burying cables,
lifting floorboards and generally
BE SURE TO
making access easy to save time, can
FUTURE-PROOF
help to keep costs down. Before your
With mood lighting, surround
electrician starts, liase with them over
sound, high-speed Wi-Fi, high-tech
pricisely which tasks you are willing to
kitchen gadgets and televisions in
take on to allow for accurate pricing.
the bathroom all now commonplace,
electrical circuits must be up to the
job, which means you need to plan
CAN I DO THE

Colour code

WORK MYSELF?

ANY ELECTRICAL WORK UNDERTAKEN IN
YOUR HOME MUST BE DESIGNED TO PROTECT
PEOPLE FROM FIRE AND ELECRIC SHOCKS

If you're a confident and competent
DIY person, it is possible to undertake
rewiring work yourself. You must make
a building regulations application
where necessary (current cost around
£150 including inspection fee) and
arrange to have the work inspected
both before and after completion by a
qualified electrician registered with one
of the competent persons schemes.
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