Things to know before rewiring an older home

If you’re in an older home, your wiring might also be that old, and it may be time for a refresh. Keep in mind that the best approach would be to do the entire rewiring and not just a specific section.

It’s also important to focus on all aspects of the wiring, such as replacing older electrical panels, fuse boxes, and the like.

Plan appropriately

Any major remodel to your home should have extensive planning beforehand. You’re already going to go into the walls and frame of your home, so if you’re planning on doing other types of remodeling, now is the time to consider it, so you only repair those walls once.

Also, make sure that you’ve got the entire roadmap and plan with a licensed electrician and their team. At the same time, make sure they’ve already had a few projects under their belt to specifically handle rewiring an older home, as it’s not the same as placing new wire down.

Make sure to get the proper paperwork and permits

Although primarily the responsibility of your electrician in many cases, you may also consider making this an extensive DIY project. Either way, you want to ensure you fully understand all of the building codes, have the correct permits, know exactly what type of wiring is allowed and isn’t, and what type of wattage you can work with.

Of course, all of this must also be prepared beforehand, as the city or town has strict policies on how much energy you’re able to soak up.

Make sure the older home can handle it

You want to look at the existing home and make sure that there aren’t any surprises hiding within the walls, such as creative wiring done around your heating pipes for some reason or your plumbing starting to look corroded. Take this time to do a spot check of the entire home, as you may begin to have one renovation after another, and things may start to break down in tandem.

Consider what needs to be rewired

As mentioned before, we recommend, with a rewiring of older homes, to do a complete end-to-end renovation, and replace all the wiring and related components.

This means especially that the electrical panel is replaced because it’ll work better with all the new components you’re going to have installed. Keep in mind that although recycling components can be a good idea when it comes to wiring, it’s not, so make sure to keep that in mind.

When you have the correct type of roadmap and planning, you’ll be able to mitigate any issues that might come up and be prepared to handle them as they come. For example, suppose you just start going into the walls and floorboards and replacing the wiring one section at a time.

In that case, you will have a costly rewiring renovation. Whether you do it yourself or with a qualified licensed electrician, you’re also going to damage the home.