We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you that there are a variety of factors that can impact your overall kitchen rewire cost.
Generally speaking, kitchens tend to be the room in a property that contains the most sockets and wiring. The reason is simple – it is also the room that, more often than not, has the most electrical appliances in use.
Given the number of appliances in use, and how often they are used, it isn’t unusual to have a kitchen fully rewired.
The average kitchen rewire cost in the UK is between £1,000 and £1,500. This number can of course increase or decrease, depending on a number of factors.
The size of the kitchen, the number of appliances and sockets, the area in which you live – they all help to determine that final price tag.
We will touch on all of that throughout this blog post, and by the time you’ve finished reading, we’ve no doubt that you’ll have a much clearer understanding of your kitchen rewire cost.
So, let’s get to it.
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Lighting and Ceilings Fans
Are you sick of the same old lighting that you have had in your kitchen for years? A kitchen rewire presents the perfect opportunity to make that change, with a new lighting system capable of brightening up an entire kitchen.
Have you considered the below lighting options, to give your kitchen a brand-new feel?
- Dimmer lighting
- Inset lighting
- Track lights
Installed features on your walls can even be fitted with decorative lighting. Now really is the perfect time to experiment.
In a bid to keep your room cooler while cooking, and also prevent condensation stains, it is highly advisable to install new fans or circulation devices.
Rewiring of Current Appliances
Your existing appliances will be placed in their current position for a reason. They will be within reaching distance of a plug socket capable of powering their needs. That isn’t to say that you can’t move hour appliances around – a kitchen rewire project offers the perfect chance to redesign your kitchen after all.
If, however, you are thinking of moving any of your appliances around, you’ll want to plan in advance. An electrician is naturally the best person to speak with. They’ll be able to advise on where best to move your current appliances and help you to picture your new look kitchen.
But please, don’t be afraid to mix things up. The best parties are always in the kitchen, after all!
Wiring of New Appliances
You’ve probably already eyed up some new appliances to compliment your newly wired kitchen. As far as we’re concerned, why not?
Many UK kitchens host the majority, if not all, of the below applications:
- Food processor
- Slow cooker
- Coffee machine
- Washing machine
- Fridge freezer
We’ve just rattled off 12 major kitchen appliances, and there are more that we left off the list. How many of these appliances do you already own? How many are you looking to replace?
Each of the above place additional demands on your electrical system and should absolutely be assigned their own outlet. Safety first after all.
Location of Plug Sockets
If you live in a slightly older home, there is every chance that you are a little low on sockets in your kitchen. Once you have committed to a kitchen require job, have a think in advance about places that don’t currently have sockets fitted where you think it may be useful for them.
We love those centre island workstations in kitchen, so lucky you if you have one! If you do, we advise adding plug sockets underneath the counters as you never know when they might come in handy.
Many new kitchens are fitted with USB outlets. They are extremely useful and can often be fitted above a standard plug socket, therefore saving room. The Loftera team can take care of this for you -all you need to do is ask.
Electrical Installation Condition Report
The Electrical Instillation Condition Report (EICR) is absolutely essential to any rewiring job. It’s your home, and you and your family are the ones living there, so you want to make absolutely sure that your property is safe.
A qualified electrician will carry out the report, and in doing so will highlight items that don’t comply with the current regulations. It goes without saying that if the job has been completed as it should be, you’ll have no problems passing the report.
How Much is an Electrician’s Hourly Rate?
It is common practice for an electrician to charge by the hour. However, for bigger jobs that will take a longer period of time, they can often charge a fixed price. This is convenient in that you know the overall kitchen rewire cost from the beginning, allowing you to budget accordingly.
The average hourly rate is between £40 and £60 and many electricians can be booked in for a minimum of one hour.
As previously mentioned, larger scaled jobs can be booked in with a fixed price, whereas some professionals agree to a day rate. If the job is to take place over a day or more, some electricians prefer to set a day rate of between £200 and £250.
How Do You Rewire a Kitchen?
The answer is simple – hire a professional electrician. Any rewiring work will need to pass the EICR, so you want to be absolutely sure that the job is done to the required standard.
If it is a question of when to begin the rewire in a full kitchen remodel, we would recommend that the rewire takes place before everything else. This allows for the job to be done properly without worrying about damaging a newly furbished kitchen.
The rewiring of a kitchen presents plenty of opportunities for a change in design, so embrace it. Plan ahead, have a budget in mind, and be as open as possible with your electrician. The rest will take care of itself.
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