How to know if your property needs rewiring

A common query we are faced with here at Harcon is ‘how to know if your property needs rewiring’. There are lots of helpful tips, tricks and guidelines to follow, and we’ve gathered them all. Keep reading for everything you need to know and if you’re still unsure, feel free to contact us – we’re here to help!

Light fittings

The first thing to keep an eye out for is where the light fittings are located. If they are near the windows, rather than in the centre of the room, this is an immediate tell-tale sign that the house hasn’t been rewired since the 1950’s and 60’s and needs attention. 


Check out your sockets and switches. If they’re old and tired looking, your property is probably due a rewire. Usually, when a property is rewired, the sockets and switches will be replaced too. 

Fuse Box 

Have a look and see if the property has an old Wylex fuse box with rewireable fuses. If the answer is yes, you probably need a rewiring. 

Bear in mind, if you are renovating your property or you notice any of the above tell-tale signs, it is worth getting in touch with us. We will carry out an Electrical Installation Condition Report and give you an answer.

Why should I rewire my house? 

There are so many benefits of having a rewire carried out. 

  • Peace of mind knowing that you are safer 
  • Reduced risk of electrical fire 
  • Ensures that you are compliant with the latest and most current regulations 
  • Increases your home’s value 
  • You can choose new fixtures and install the latest electrical fixtures.
  • Your home will be more energy efficient. 

What does a rewiring involve? 

A rewiring isn’t a small job, but it will keep your house compliant and most importantly, safe. The process involves:

  • Installing new cabling
  • Fitting new back boxes on sockets and switches
  • Rewiring telephone and TV aerial sockets
  • Rewiring power circuits 
  • Add or moving sockets, lights and switches 
  • Adding modern electrical technology if you request it. 

So, if this quick guide has been helpful, be sure to get in touch with us and leave some feedback! If you need a bit more help, we are more than happy to help and would love to hear from you. Get in touch!