Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • barrowvian
    • By barrowvian 6th Oct 16, 3:45 PM
    • 61Posts
    • 9Thanks
    barrowvian
    House Rewire
    • #1
    • 6th Oct 16, 3:45 PM
    House Rewire 6th Oct 16 at 3:45 PM
    Hi,

    We live in Essex and have a three bedroom semi with adjoining garage from the late 1950s/early 1960s.

    The house needs rewiring as it is using older aluminium based cables.

    We have a big lengthy quote for the house which includes a full rewire, additional sockets and downlights. The full quote is;

    Hallway
    3 x downlights
    1 x 3G 2 way switch -(hall/porch/upstairs)
    1 x single socket
    1 x smoke alarm
    1 x porch light

    Living room
    Move but point from the hallway to inside the living room and also below the work desk
    7 x Double sockets (tv socket high level)
    Carbon monoxide near the fire place
    Chase and insert 50 x 50 trunking into the wall from the tv to the unit
    1 x 2g 2way switch
    1 x chandelier (switched separately ) 2 way
    4 x downlights (switched separately 2 way
    1 x 2 gang 2 way switch (to the right of the French doors)

    Dining room (extension)
    1 x double socket
    Keep existing centre light
    Keep existing light switch

    Utility room
    Keep existing sockets (remove later)
    Keep existing lighting point (switched separately to kitchen light ) also 2 way with additional switch
    Relocate existing light switch to other side

    Kitchen
    Keep existing sockets on partition wall and add 1 x double socket
    1 x double sockets in cupboard for ignition and w/m
    1 x light
    1 x 2 gang 2 way switch
    1 x heat detector

    New consumer unit
    Main bonding to water and gas

    Landing
    3 x downlights
    1 x 2 gang 2 way switch
    1 x smoke detector
    1 x single socket

    Bedroom 1
    3 x double sockets
    4 x downlights
    1 x switch

    Bedroom 2
    3 x double sockets
    1 x light
    1 x switch

    Bedroom 3
    2 x double sockets
    2 x downlights
    1 x switch

    Bathroom
    1 x towel rail supply
    4 x downlights
    1 x pull cord
    1 x shaver point

    Loft
    1 x Batton holder
    1 x surface switch (next to loft hatch)

    Garage
    1 x boiler supply
    2 x double sockets
    Wire to 2 x existing lights
    1 x light switch

    18 x downlights in total.

    We have been quoted £4400 for the work and would need to supply the material for sockets/downlights etc. Initially this seems a bit steep to us. What do you think of this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Page 1
    • BusyBargainz
    • By BusyBargainz 7th Oct 16, 3:35 PM
    • 107 Posts
    • 83 Thanks
    BusyBargainz
    • #2
    • 7th Oct 16, 3:35 PM
    • #2
    • 7th Oct 16, 3:35 PM
    That does seem like a lot, maybe get a few quotes and then a better idea of an average price?

    I’m from Norfolk and have just had the following done for just under £2k – 3 bed 1960’s semi. I did not supply any materials but we did have a completely empty house, took up our own floorboards and didn’t ask him to ‘make good’ afterwards which may have made a difference to the cost.

    Hallway
    3 x downlights
    1 x double socket
    2 x light switches
    1 x smoke alarm
    1 x porch light

    Living room
    3 x Double sockets
    Carbon monoxide
    Smoke alarm
    2 x downlights
    2 x light switches

    Kitchen
    1 x down lights
    2 x double sockets
    1 x new consumer unit
    Main bonding to gas
    New cooker point
    Smoke alarm

    Landing
    2 x downlights
    1 x smoke detector
    1 x double sockets

    Bedroom 1
    3 x double sockets
    1 x downlights
    1 x switch

    Bedroom 2
    3 x double sockets
    1 x light
    1 x switch

    Bedroom 3
    3 x double sockets
    1 x downlights
    1 x switch

    Bathroom
    2 x downlights
    1 x pull cord
    1 x shaver point
    1 x shower point
    • Risteard
    • By Risteard 7th Oct 16, 3:55 PM
    • 471 Posts
    • 143 Thanks
    Risteard
    • #3
    • 7th Oct 16, 3:55 PM
    • #3
    • 7th Oct 16, 3:55 PM
    I’m from Norfolk and have just had the following done for just under £2k
    Originally posted by BusyBargainz
    LOL. That is not a sensible price so no point thinking anyone else will get such a ludicrously low price.
    • FreeBear
    • By FreeBear 7th Oct 16, 4:21 PM
    • 685 Posts
    • 1,240 Thanks
    FreeBear
    • #4
    • 7th Oct 16, 4:21 PM
    • #4
    • 7th Oct 16, 4:21 PM
    Chase and insert 50 x 50 trunking into the wall from the tv to the unit
    Originally posted by barrowvian
    Unless you have very thick walls, you do not want to be chasing in 50mm trunking. Building regs state chasing should be no more than one third the thickness of the wall skin for vertical chases and one sixth for horizontal. This means that for a single brick wall (or cavity wall), you will be limited to 33mm deep plus the thickness of any plaster - Not deep enough for a 50x50 conduit.

    If the wall in question is double thickness brick or block (as many chimney breasts are), then you can go in 66mm for the vertical and 33mm for horizontal.

    See: http://www.eden.gov.uk/planning-and-development/building-control/building-control-guidance-notes/wall-chases/
    So many cats, so few good recipes.

    Treasure the moments that you have. Savour them for as long as you can for they will never come back again.

    £2 Savers Club (No. 73) - £226 ______ £1 jar - £207
    • barrowvian
    • By barrowvian 10th Oct 16, 1:18 PM
    • 61 Posts
    • 9 Thanks
    barrowvian
    • #5
    • 10th Oct 16, 1:18 PM
    • #5
    • 10th Oct 16, 1:18 PM
    We had three other quotes done with the highest coming in at £2400. That includes supplying all materials and in an occupied house.

    We tweaked things around a bit too .. so instead of getting the 50x50 trunking we decided to go for a HDMI/USB socket instead.
    • brightontraveller
    • By brightontraveller 10th Oct 16, 6:22 PM
    • 1,184 Posts
    • 453 Thanks
    brightontraveller
    • #6
    • 10th Oct 16, 6:22 PM
    • #6
    • 10th Oct 16, 6:22 PM
    Occupied house, Assuming reinstating supply daily, moving furniture etc Add to that Garage, loft and Utility room number of lights you are to an extent making it wiring equivalent of 6 /7 bedroom house (with the exception of £500-£100 in materials) So £2400 or less then something’s iffy….. Either cowboy or so desperate for work that minute you pay for materials there off or filling for bankruptcy

    I also don’t understand “keeping existing “ its unlikely to meet regs etc, Is the cable surface mounted ? Given location, works required then I’d say 4 k ish original is more near the mark and less is just bull or a disaster waiting to happen
    Last edited by brightontraveller; 10-10-2016 at 6:25 PM.
    • Risteard
    • By Risteard 10th Oct 16, 7:09 PM
    • 471 Posts
    • 143 Thanks
    Risteard
    • #7
    • 10th Oct 16, 7:09 PM
    • #7
    • 10th Oct 16, 7:09 PM
    Occupied house, Assuming reinstating supply daily, moving furniture etc Add to that Garage, loft and Utility room number of lights you are to an extent making it wiring equivalent of 6 /7 bedroom house (with the exception of £500-£100 in materials) So £2400 or less then something’s iffy…..
    Originally posted by brightontraveller
    Completely agree.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

4,724Posts Today

8,460Users online

Martin's Twitter