Electrical Works (Part 1)
Why don’t most renovation contracts not include electrical works?
Electrical works are usually charged by a per point basis. IDs can only give a rough estimate of the electrical cost base on your flat type. The more power or lighting points you request, the more expensive your electrical works will be.
For resale units, it is important to ask the previous home owner when they last rewired the house you are purchasing. If it is more than 15 years, it would be wise to consider re-wiring to suit your lifestyle and more importantly for safety purposes.
For BTOs, shifting the socket outlet and light installation will constitute to the majority of your electrical cost.
What complications will you face if the house is not re-wired or no electrical works are done during my renovation?
1. The existing power point and lighting points will not be at your desired location. Because the location is based on the needs of the previous owner.
2. Potential fire hazard as you might encounter blown fuses, cracked wires.
3. Re-wiring your house after you move in can be a hassle. As every part of your house would need either a power or lighting point or both. So that would require you to temporary shift your furniture while the electricians do their work.
Check with your ID if they have a re-wiring package that you are eligible for. The type of packages will depend on your flat type.
Look forward to Part 2 of our Electrical Checklist…