Home rewiring has to be one of the most disruptive projects you may need to undertake. With proper preparation, the project can run quite smoothly, and you can start enjoying the safe and efficient new wiring.
How can you best prepare for a home rewiring? Here are some ideas for you.
1. Choose the Right Electrician
Get a licensed and insured electrician for your home rewiring project. You want an expert who can deliver on the level of craftsmanship that this project demands. Ask for references and testimonials to help you gauge what you can expect from the electrician.
You may also want to inquire about the helpers the electrician may be hiring for non-technical tasks such as cable pulling and clean-up. You'll have peace of mind knowing the electrician carefully vets these hires.
2. Move Things Around
Do as much as you can to create plenty of working space for the electrician's team. Move what you can away from the walls, and the home rewiring team can move the rest, especially the heavier items. The more you can move around, the better, as it will ensure the team doesn't spend too much time doing this, but can instead jump right into the rewiring.
3. Cover It Up
Your home rewiring project will involve the electrician cutting into ceilings, reaching behind walls, and lifting floorboards. All this will generate some dust and other debris, which will undoubtedly land on your furniture and other items. Protect these items by covering them with protective plastic dust sheets. The electrician will have their dust sheets, but you can maximize the protection by covering up your items before they arrive.
4. Find Alternative Accommodation
Depending on your home's size, the rewiring project can take up to several days. This means you will be looking at a whole week of loud noises and dust in your home. That's hardly an environment you want to be in. The best thing to do is to find alternative accommodation for the duration of the project. Visit with family and friends or book the family into a hotel. Without you around, the electrician's team will also be able to work more efficiently. This will greatly affect the project timelines.
Talk to the electrician about what else you may need to do to better prepare for your home rewiring. Develop a plan together, stick to it, and you can look forward to a smooth-running rewiring.