Electrical Rewiring

Everything you need to know

Important Information

We are looking forward to coming to your home soon to carry out electrical works. We will make every effort to make sure the whole process runs as smoothly as possible and you are left totally satisfied with the work that has been done.

This guide provides you with all the information you need to know about the works, what we need you to do and about the whole process from start to finish. Please bookmark this webpage, as it has important information and advice that you will need.

Our Site Supervisor
Having an electrical rewire is a big job. But our Site Supervisor will be there to assist you through the whole process and help with any special requirements you may have.

What does the work involve?
A full rewire means the electrical wiring in every room of your home needs replacing. Light fittings, sockets and switches will be removed and replaced with new ones.

In most rooms your decoration will be affected. Existing sockets will be replaced with new sockets. Mains operated smoke detectors and a new consumer unit will be installed as part of the work and wiring will be concealed in the walls, wherever possible.

In some properties the fabric of building may mean that the walls cannot be cut out. Therefore new wiring may need to be fitted in plastic trunking. If you have installed any electrical circuits or fittings with permission from your housing office, they will be tested and, if suitable, reconnected.

This includes items such as electric showers, security lights, alarms, doorbells, Garages, garden electrics and electrical fittings. Any electrical circuits you have installed, where you have not requested permission, will also be tested. If these do not pass electrical safety tests, they may be disconnected.

Most Housing Associations will not be responsible for the replacement of any of your own fittings that do not pass the electrical safety test. But it is worth checking with them before the work commences. We has a contractor unfortunately accept no liability under these circumstances.

How long will the work take?
From start to finish, a rewire and all associated work will normally take 1-2 working days including plastering if we have been contracted to do so . If any other improvement works have been identified for your home, you may need to liaise with you housing association for a timescale.

Refusals Policy
Please be aware that most Housing Associations operate a ‘no refusals’ policy. If the work identified for your home is essential due to health and safety requirements; it cannot be refused.

If you are concerned about coping with the disruption that may be caused during the work, please contact your Housing Association.

What happens next?
Prior to any works starting, one of our Supervisors will arrange to do a pre-visit inspection of your home to identify any potential problems and explain the full rewire process. We will normally call at your house to arrange this process, or leave a card to say we have called.

What disruption will there be?
Every effort will be made to minimise disruption. However, due to the nature of the works there may be a lot of dust and mess in your property. Our workers will need access to every socket and light switch in your home. We will also need access to your loft for the wiring of the upstairs lights and also access to the floorboards upstairs. If your loft has been boarded out then this more often than not needs lifting prior to works starting.

Laminate flooring upstairs normally needs to be taken up to gain access to the floorboards and most cases housing associations state this in terms and conditions of tenancy. If you are unsure please contact your housing association.

In addition, there will be damage to your plastering, which will be patch repaired.

You will also be without power for possibly 8 hours during the work and this may affect your heating and hot water supply. However, you will always be left with cooking facilities and power at the end of each working day.

What should you do before work starts?
Our supervisor will visit you to discuss what will happen during the works and let you know what you need to do before the work begins.

You will try to give you as much notice as possible so you can prepare for the works. The following preparations are normally required:

  • You will need to pack away all your belongings safely and securely. This includes pictures, mirrors and wall hangings in every room
  • A new fuse board will be fitted, probably in the same place as your existing one. If it is in a cupboard, you will need to clear that cupboard for easy access
  • Any electrical items, such as televisions, need to be stored away safely
  • Any furniture near your sockets will need to moved. Most people usually think it is best to move all your furniture to the middle of the room. This in some cases is not correct. Our supervisor will liaise with you on this matter. and cover it up with dust sheets
  • We will confirm which floor coverings need to be taken up. (Any floor coverings taken up by ourselves will be reinstated)
  • And you must ensure that there is clear access in and out of your home for the workers

Need help?
If you have any specific requirements, such as help with moving white goods or packing, and do not have anyone to help you, please discuss this with our supervisor.

What happens during the works?
The first stages of the work will be disruptive and this may create a lot of dust and dirt in your home. There will be a number of electricians working in your home at once, so at times it may feel a little crowded. Where possible we normally advise you that it is best to go out for the day whilst the works are completed.

Once the wall switches and sockets have been replaced we will test your new wiring. Once everything has passed we will then clean and vacuum your property before leaving.