Keeping your electrics in working order is essential if you want your home to function safely and smoothly. Upgrading your electrics can save you time, money and effort in the future, as you’re less likely to experience a power failure due to old or faulty wiring. Well-maintained electrics can also increase the value of your home if you decide to sell your property – most homebuyers will expect their new house to come with fully functioning and up-to-date lighting and electrics. (more…)
No matter how old your property is, there’s no guarantee that it’s safe. We’ve certainly seen new build homes that leave something to be desired when it comes to the electrical system. But the older a property is, the less likely it is to be compliant with modern building regulations. In some cases, the electrics may have been neglected for many years.
If you own an old property, or you’re in the process of buying one, it’s important to know what to look for. Hiring a surveyor is not enough. You need an expert inspection of the electrical system, as well as a keen eye for the telltale signs of danger. (more…)
The wiring in older properties should always be your number one priority, particularly if you’ve just bought the property and you’re planning a moving date. Old wiring can cause fires, and create nasty electric shocks. It’s sensible to rewire the house before you move in.
Rewiring is always a disruptive job, and it can be messy. Here are our expert tips to make the job easier and safer. (more…)
Buying a new home is an exciting time, full of new challenges and unexpected surprises. Once you’ve got the viewings out of the way and selected a property, you’ll need to organise your survey and mortgage offer. During this stage, it’s your job to make sure that the house you have chosen is safe and suitable for occupation.
For most buyers, the survey is the most critical point in the pre-purchase stage. For the first time, you’ll understand what jobs need doing around the home, and you’ll get an independent verdict on its value. In terms of electrics, what should your surveyor be looking for? (more…)
There are a number of reasons why you might need to get your home electrics checked. Sometimes, it’s a mandatory stipulation. On other occasions, you might simply be curious about the age and safety of your system.
Whatever the reasons, it’s a process that is all about peace of mind: both from a legal point of view, and in terms of the safety of your family. In the course of a check, you can choose to upgrade aspects of the electrical systems to bring them up to date or to switch to smart technology.
Rather than seeing an electrical inspection as an unwanted expense or an intrusion, look at it as a positive opportunity for improvements. Taking an active interest means that extra safety aspects could be incorporated and, perhaps, some money saved in the medium and long term. (more…)
As certified electricians, we have to comply with Part P of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations. This is a document that sets out the minimum required standards for the design and construction of buildings. (If you’re interested in reading the exact electrical safety rules that we work to, you can download Part P here.)
Building Regulations exist to make home improvements cheaper, safer and faster. They ensure that all homes have a basic standard of safety, and also set out energy efficiency requirements that help to collectively lower our energy use.
Over the last five years, we’ve seen household incomes destabilise after a dip in property prices. If you sold your house in 2009, you’ll be all too aware of the movements of the housing market. Uncertainty has forced many people to stay put and improve their homes.
When money is tight, and credit more limited, people tend to turn to DIY more often. While this is a sensible move for the smaller jobs round the house, there are some jobs that amateurs shouldn’t attempt.
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of safety in DIY, and electrical work presents some of the most immediate risks. There are three reasons why mistakes wreak havoc: (more…)
In England and Wales, houses and bought and sold largely on first impressions. The potential new owner has quite a limited amount of information to go on, and that can create problems down the line.
If a buyer has a survey done after putting their offer in, they may discover faults that were not originally noticeable. From dodgy wiring to crumbling walls, an unexpected fault can throw a spanner in the works – and could cause a sale to fall through.
When you market your house, you will probably get the estate agent’s advice on dressing it well and decluttering. This makes the property look much better in photos, and it can greatly improve your chances of getting a viewing.
Beyond that, sellers are rarely advised to work on the house or have it safety checked. Many estate agents suggest that vendors don’t work on the electrics since it’s a job the new owner will do anyway.
But many a sale has fallen through due to electrical problems. We’ve done safety checks for prospective buyers and found that the whole house needs rewiring. In some cases, wires have not been properly terminated, which is incredibly dangerous.
Hire the Experts
When a prospective buyer attends for a viewing, they will probably carry out a basic visual check. That might include:
- Looking for brown marks around sockets
- Estimating the age of the sockets, based on their design and shape
- Looking for old, braided light cords
- Spotting signs of electrical work or repair
Unless they’re formally trained, they will probably fail to spot more serious problems – including things you’re not aware of yourself.
Many homes that we consider to be modern are now starting to age. A property built in the 1970s will almost certainly need a safety check and maybe even a rewire, if it has not been done already. If you’re selling a home that’s older, all bets are off; your house may need significant investment to bring it up to scratch.
How to Get a House Checked
MD Bespoke Solutions can safety check any prospective property. If your buyer, or their surveyor, feel that a separate electrical survey is needed, we will carry this out with the minimum in fuss and delay.
Ordinarily, our representative will go to the estate agent with ID and collect the keys to the property. We will then visit each room to inspect the sockets, switches and wiring. We will pay special attention to the meter cupboard, since this can be the source of many electrical faults and warning signs.
Once the check is completed, we can drop the keys back in and issue a report. On the basis of that report, your prospective buyer may choose to drop their purchase, or reduce their offer price.
Wouldn’t it be better to organise the check yourself? That way, you can proceed through the sale and an accept an offer in confidence, knowing that there are no serious problems set to derail your sale.
Contact us today and find out how affordable an electrical safety check can be.
Wherever you live, finding the right electrician to carry out your work at home, or in the office, can be a veritable nightmare. Unless they come highly recommended by a previous client, you have no idea whether they will be competent, professional or even competitively priced. By the time you have spent hours trawling the internet, coming up with a shortlist and then getting three comparative quotes, you will be feeling understandably frustrated.
Hiring an electrician in a massive city like London can wind up being a headache that we can all do without. So how do you get the right person first time? And how do you avoid the cowboys?
Finding an electrician in London
If you live in the London area, you have literally hundreds – if not thousands – of electricians to choose from. You should be looking for NICEIC Approved Contractors from the off. The NICEIC accreditation means that you’ll already have peace of mind, knowing that they are fully qualified, and have been recognised as providers of safe electrical services.
NICEIC contractors may cover full electrical installations, re-wiring projects, safety checks for older properties, upgrades to homes and business premises and even alarm installations. We don’t recommend hiring anyone who doesn’t show you a valid membership certificate.
The full electrical rewiring package
Whether you have already been through the experience of having work carried out on your home, or this is your first experience, you might be aware that if building work has to be carried out at the same time, it can be a relative nightmare to coordinate the two.
Look for a full building-works package to supplement all of your electrical projects. If you have taken on a home that requires a full refurbishment, or your existing house rewiring needs to be upgraded for the 21st century, try to find competent tradesmen that can turn their hand to other jobs: plastering, heating and plumbing, house extensions, loft conversions, and even painting and decorating to finish off the contract.
If you do this, you’ll get the job done faster, more cohesively, and with fewer risks of delay. After all, if you just have one company travelling across London to help you, you’ll cut back on delays and inefficiency.
Forget your worries
Electrical design and installation work can be complex, time consuming and expensive. That is why you need to get it right first time by choosing a company that you know will carry out the work to a high level finish and at a competitive and affordable price for the London area.
Why run the risk of taking on unregistered or unprofessional tradespeople that have not been rated or recommended? To do so can result in unfinished projects, major losses of time and money and even dangerous safety issues being left unresolved and incomplete.
Make the right choice now. Place your contract with MD Bespoke Solutions to get it right first time. There’s just no need to risk hiring a cowboy electrician in the London area when we have attentive, friendly and experienced staff ready and waiting to help.
Contact us today for more information
We have recently completed a number of projects in London including:-
- Full property rewiring in Kensington
- Fire alarm and flat rewire in Hoxton
- Consumer unit and flat require in Battersea
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If you’ve bought a property that requires renovation, or you haven’t inspected your own wiring for a few years, you might be due a rewire. Even modern homes can be susceptible to problems, while older properties may be due a complete refresh.
The wiring for any property must always be safe, secure and within the legal legislation applicable now. Old wiring can cause fuses to blow, can force your whole electrical system to trip on a regular basis, or – at the extreme – could cause either an electrical shock or a fire.
If any of these are true, you probably need to take action:
- The property is over 40 years old
- You rely on extension cords for power
- You have two prong sockets
- You see damage or cracks
Read on to find out why.
The warning signs
Before you start to look at the wiring in your home, the most important element is to stay safe. If you know nothing about electrical work, stop now and call a professional. If you have some knowledge, you can start to check for warning signs but don’t touch anything yourself.
The first place to look is in the corner of each room. Count the sockets. If there are only one or two, this is a sign that there could be older style wiring in place.
If you’ve ever touched a socket and felt that it’s hot, this could be a sign that there’s overheating going on somewhere. It’s not normal to feel heat or see flashing light from a plug, or smell a strange burning smell.
Have a look at the fuse box in the house. It will be fairly easy to be able to judge if it looks old from the general design. Even if it looks modern, it may be that just the box was replaced and isn’t an indication that the whole property was rewired. Look at the main fuses in the box; if they are the re-wirable type, you have a very old domestic wiring system that desperately needs attention.
The general condition of the light switches and the plug sockets can give a good indication as to how old the wiring is. Look for any damage, such as loose boxes or perished fittings. Take action today if you can see live wires.
We recommend carrying out a full report (Electrical Installation Condition Report) as quite often you cannot see the damage to wiring as it is hidden behind the walls.
What to expect when a property is rewired
Rewiring work can vary. You might just need new sockets and light switches. You might need a full rewire, where all cable is removed and replaced. The latter is a big job that requires a fair bit of patching up.
In preparation, remove all items from the walls of each room. The installation team should provide dust sheets for the furniture and will help you if they need any items moving.
The amount of time it takes depends on the complexity of the job, but a full rewire will be completed in approximately 4 days. Sometime re-plastering is necessary, but this will all be discussed in the planning stage of the job.
Talking to a qualified professional
Never take on any electrical work yourself. From a simple repair to a full house rewire, talk to MD Bespoke Solutions today to arrange a visit and a quote. If you see old wiring in your property, don’t leave it for another day. Poor wiring can be very dangerous, and you don’t want to be another fire service statistic.