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Not DIY but rewiring, how much?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Building DIY' started by owain_thomas, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. owain_thomas

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    As I've mentioned in a couple of other questions I've asked recently we are in the process of trying to move at the moment. The houses we are looking at are all pretty old (compared to our new build flat) so will probably need rewiring. This kind of suits me in a way as it means I'll be able to get all my audio and network cables hidden at the same time.

    Does any one have any experiences to share about having this sort of thing done? We'll hopefully be moving to a 4-5 bed victorian semi, how much is this likely to cost to wire up for power, controllable lighting (probably futronix so just neutrals to the switches I presume), network and audio in the main rooms?

    After its been rewired I'd assume the walls will be in a bit of a state, is that correct or can you do it without having to replaster everywhere?

    cheers,
    owain
     
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    Owain.
    Up here in the sunny North East, the price for a rewire of a typical
    3 bed semi is between £1500 & £2000.
    Adding your extras may take it up another £500 or so........
    I do all my own plastering of chases etc. I'm not a plasterer, but
    it is fine if the customer is planning on hanging wallpaper. If you
    are planning on painting the walls, then you may want all the walls
    replastering anyway.

    Johnny.
     
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    thanks johnny,

    how long does it take you to do an average re-wire?
     
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    If the property is lived in, with the amount of work you are planning
    on having done, I would say somewhere in the region of 5 days.
    Thats assuming there is 2 men on the job.
    If it is an empty building, prior to you moving in, maybe 3 days.
    Small companies like me normally use 2 sparkies, or 1 sparkie and
    a mate. The bigger companies flood the job with men and would
    more than likely have it done in 2 days, but you will pay extra for
    that sort of service.

    HTH.

    Johnny.
     
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    excellent, thanks for that.

    do you have any advice for finding reputable tradesmen in my area or is it a matter of just ringing round and seeing how they seem?
     
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    It would be very handy if you could find someone local who understands
    Home Cinema, and all the extras that you are looking to have installed.
    Other than that mate, call lots and get quotes. Also, ask around, reputations
    go a long way.

    Johnny.
     
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    We had our house re-wired last year.

    It cost us £2750

    This included 39 (4 for garage) double sockets, speaker connection, chase for plasma wires, 5 bt telephone, 6 tv, 2 sky (1 sky plus), 2 waterproof sockets, 2 shower lines (10mm), new circuit breaker and wiring for the garage.

    All MK sockets.

    This took 2 weeks to complete.
     

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