Two steps to take before having your home re-wired

If your home's current electrical system has deteriorated and as a result of this, you are planning to have your house rewired, there are a couple of steps you should take before the electrical services team arrive at your property. Read on to find out what these steps are.

Find temporary accommodation

It is generally best to arrange to stay in temporary accommodation whilst your home is being rewired. There are a few reasons for this.

First and foremost, there will be no electricity supply throughout the rewiring process. This could make life very difficult for you if you decide to live in your home, as you won't be able to do things like use the kettle to make a cup of tea, cook, do laundry or even charge your phone or laptop.

Secondly, rewiring is an incredibly messy job. It requires the removal of all of the existing cables inside the walls; this can only be done by tearing off the plastering and manually pulling out the cables. This activity generates a large amount of plaster dust which, in addition to being very messy, can also be quite dangerous to inhale, as plaster usually contains substantial quantities of silica. Silica is a substance which can lead to serious lung conditions if it is inhaled. This is why most electricians wear respirator masks whilst performing this particular task.

If you decide to stay in the house, you could end up accidentally inhaling some of this substance. You would also have to live in an extremely messy environment, with thick layers of dust and scraps of plastering all over the floors and others surfaces of each room.

Make sure your electrical team can access all of the walls and floors

Your electrical team will need to be able to access all of the walls and floors in each of the rooms of your home so that they can pull out and replace the cables in these areas.

To prevent delays, it's important to ensure that there are no obstructions which could impede the progress of the electricians' work.

This might mean that you have to spend a day or two taking down all of your kitchen cabinets and pulling up carpeting. You may also need to remove bulky furniture and large kitchen appliances from your home and put them into a storage facility (putting these items into storage will not only prevent them from getting in the electrician's way but will also ensure that they do not sustain damage during the rewiring process).