Electric Updates: Wiring a New House on the Gold Coast

Sep 23, 2016 | Wiring

There are a lot of ways you can make improvements to your home, and one of the best upgrades is to have your home completely rewired. If yours is a newer home, your wiring should be fine, but if it is an older house still with its original wiring, new wiring will provide a massive improvement in both function and safety. The following is a look at the costs and benefits of having the wiring in your home replaced.

Costs

Hiring an electrician — Unless you know exactly what you are doing, you should never attempt to do anything with your home’s electrical wiring. Instead, call for professional electrical services. The cost will depend on the size of your house and the amount of labour involved, and you can expect to pay anywhere between $50 and $150 per hour.

Building permits — Your electrician will be able to tell you what permits are required for having electrical work done in your area, and they can even get them on your behalf. Depending on the area in which you live, the permits are generally not terribly expensive, but still need to be included in your rewiring budget.

New electrical panels — Older houses use electrical panels that run off fuses, so if yours is one of these, you will need to have the entire electrical panel removed and replaced, which can cost at least $1000.

Materials — The materials required to completely rewire your home will depend a lot on how big your home is, and also how many extra upgrades you want to have done, such as having new outlets installed or dimmer switches put in.

Benefits

Separate circuits — One huge benefit of having your home rewired is that it enables you to establish separate circuits for some of the more important elements of your home, such as your hot water heater or security alarm system. This will protect some of the more important elements of your home from being affected by less important appliances tripping their own circuits.

Convenience — Having your home rewired provides you with the perfect opportunity to finally have all of those outlets where they will be most useful, as older houses weren’t designed with so many electrical appliances in mind. Dimmer switches and motion sensor lighting are other fantastic capabilities your home can incorporate into its new rewired system.

Value — If you want to be able to sell your home, you need to have the wiring up to date, especially if you have any chance of getting a decent price for it. Apart from the benefits already mentioned, more people these days are trying to provide their homes with better protection against fire, and rewiring a house will do wonders in this regard.

Having your home rewired is a great way to invest in one of your most important assets, so don’t wait for it to become a problem — upgrade your home’s wiring sooner rather than later.