How Much Does It Cost To Wire A House?

Guest Post by Alexia

Wiring is an essential process in the building of a new house.

Residents of a new modern house need electrical supply, and wiring does the job.

While it’s acceptable that one is financially prudent, wiring your house comes with caution to prevent electrical disasters.

If you’re planning to build a new house, you might be wondering, ‘How much does it cost to wire a house?’

As a homeowner, it’s imperative to your safety that you know how much it costs to wire a house.

The Cost To Wire A House

When it comes to wiring a house, there’s a variance of factors influencing its cost.

It’d be best to consider the fatalities that may result from the below-par wiring.

If you’re planning to build a new house, your contractor may have the cost of wiring added to the total cost of building.

However, your informed approach to expenses may demand that you know the costs to wire a house.

The factors that influence the cost of wiring a house are of a wide range–differences in cost come with the expenses that a professional has assessed about what wiring your house will incur.

Regardless, a homeowner expends AUD$4,000 up to AUD$17,500 to wire a new house on average.

You can also contact a professional electrician or an electrical services company and have them assess the given tasks and the specialised efforts required to wire your house.

With this, you can inquire and learn more about the estimates and breakdowns as well.

Factors Influencing Wiring Costs

While the national average amount of wiring a house is over AUD$4,000, factors such as area, quality of materials, permits, and labour cost play a significant part in their estimates.

These factors determine the cost of wiring a house regarding their demands.

  • Size of House (Per Square Metre)

One of the factors that influence the cost of wiring a house is the size of the house.

A professional electrician has to, before anything else, measure the size of the house per square metre.

The average wiring cost per square metre lies between AUD$43 and AUD$73.

For this, it’s evident that the bigger the house, the more the expenses will go into wiring, and vice versa.

So, by this average cost, if you have a house with an 800 sqm measurement, you expect to spend between AUD$34,604.16 and AUD$57,673.60. Consequently, a house of 1,000 sqm will approximately incur AUD$43,000 to AUD$73,000, one of 1,500 sqm. incurs AUD$64,000 to AUD$111,000.

  • Quality Of Materials

The wiring type and the quality to be used determines the cost.

Quality begets cost in this time of ours.

The wiring type, which could range from metallic sheathed to multi-conductor, determines the cost.

Multi-conductor could incur about AUD$0.85 to AUD$1.50 per metre.

Therefore, understanding the wiring materials to be used is a crucial thing to consider when estimating your electrical expenses.

  • Labour

The amount of labour calculated to be spent on wiring a house is a significant factor influencing the amount of cost the project will require to be executed in good shape.

The licensed electrician is expected to charge between AUD$67 and AUD$134 per hour.

According to Amber Electrical Services, the national average cost of hiring a licensed electrician ranges from AUD$217 to AUD$699 per hour, with the experience of the professional causing a price variation.

It takes about three to eleven days to complete the wiring of some houses.

Completion comes late when wiring requires breaking into walls and repairing them.

Sometimes, homeowners have to pack out of their houses to rent a living space for the period the wiring takes.

This also increases cost.

  • Permits

Where you live can have an impact on the cost of your permit. Depending on the state or territory, the average permit ranges from AUD$13 to AUD$670 (not including potential charge variations between jurisdictions).

For instance, your permit could be free in Victoria, while it may cost you up to AUD$1,591.35 in New South Wales.

Your electrician’s experience may also affect the cost–they may be able to install your electrical wiring more quickly and efficiently than someone new to the job.

  • Project Scope

The costs to connect your home to the electrical grid run anywhere between AUD$1,350 and AUD$13,500.

While an expensive proposition, it’s a necessary one.

No electricity means no water or gas appliances in many modern homes, and no way to heat or cool your home once you’ve paid for the installation.

Of course, you can also consider alternatives, such as solar options, but to run a typical household with all of its appliances, electronics, and lighting requirements generally requires being connected to the grid.

Conclusion

Wiring a house can prove expensive. However, you must give it all it takes to have a great job done. This is to prevent any electrical disaster that could result in the loss of lives and properties. While there are prices for wiring, lives are priceless.

Author Bio: Alexia is passionate about electrical engineering and design. She currently works in one of the top electrical power distribution companies, working in the engineering department. She has five years of experience in maintenance, tuning, troubleshooting, and control. When she’s not installing or monitoring systems, she freelances.

An Ultimate Guide to Build a New Driveway

Guest Post by Asad Shoaib

Designing a new driveway can be full of difficulties.

Nevertheless, driveway construction can be a very effective way to furnish your residence with a secure parking area that does not require frequent maintenance and provide you with a private parking space for your vehicle.

Here we have discussed the main steps you will need to keep in mind while building a new driveway.

What Is a Driveway?

A driveway is generally a private road used by individuals or small groups of people to access one or more residences.

Certain roads have traffic lights, especially those that lead to commercial establishments and parks.

Tools Required:

When constructing your driveway, you would most probably search for concreters near me,

If you are doing the deed yourself, you will go for the tools required to build a driveway.

Below are some of the tools you will need during the construction.

    • Wheelbarrow
    • Tape Measure
    • Shovel
    • Hand Spade
    • Vibrating Plate Compactor
    • Site String Line
    • Brick Saw
    • Stakes
    • Ear Protectors
    • Straight Edge Tool
    • Hand Float
    • Cement Trowel
    • Chalk
    • Hose
    • Spirit levels
    • Groover

Material Required

Every construction process needs to have some essential materials. Similarly, building a new driveway involves the following materials:

      • Concrete
      • Gravel
      • Wooden stakes
      • Heavy-duty mesh
      • Screws

Step-by-Step Construction of a New Driveway

 Design

Planning and designing the driveway should be the topmost priority of an individual.

Without the design, it is nearly impossible to build a new driveway. . . thus, a person should design the type of driveway he would like to have.

Underground infrastructure inspection

Before digging, you must locate and identify any short utility lines that pass through the excavation zone to prevent obstructing your excavation plans for repairing or building a concrete driveway.

It might be possible to recalibrate or move specific lines impeding construction; the relevant government department can share more information.

Setting up the Site

It usually takes a few days for the process to complete.

Debris from the site is removed as soon as possible.

Excavation of 200mm is carried out, then a 100mm hardcore sub-base is placed and vibration compacted.

Driveways must be laid out correctly and set up with the correct levels and slopes.

Calculate your concrete requirements

Since concrete is sold by cubic yards, you will need to measure the areA nd multiply by the depth.

Firm soil up with sand

Ensure that you have a robust and firm base in place if you want your concrete to have a chance to stand up to the weight.

You need to remove all topsoil and muddy aareas and replace with proper fill such as roadbase.

Compact soil with a plate compactor

To get a firm, even surface, it is essential to compact the basel, regardless of whether you add any materials.

Alternatively, you can use a hand tamp, from your local hardware store, if a comparator tool is unavailable.

It is essential to have a stable, well compacted base to support the concrete load and subsequent loads of vehicles using the drive.

Lay the stakes

By laying forms around the project site, you will make sure you get a good edge to the driveway, and have a strong support for levelling the concrete.

You must secure the forms to prevent movement.

Lay The Mesh

The best way to prevent cracking is to use reinforcing mesh.

Laying The Concrete

You need to be able to pour the concrete, vibrate it and finish the top surface in no more than 90 minutes.

For a small driveway its going to take two people to lay the concrete, for larger areas you might need 3-4.

It is highly recommended to search for “concreters near me” on the search engine so that they can do the task effortlessly.

Level the Concrete

You should smooth out the driveway with an edging trowel, wood float, and darby, creating joints with straight grooves.

Before the concete hardens, add a texture to the concrete so that when wet, it provides non-slip traction.

 Cure Concrete

Although concrete can harden overnight it takes several days to reach full strength.

This is called curing and during this period you should either regularly water it or apply  a specialized sealer.

Don’t walk on the concrete for 48 hours and don’t drive on it for 7 days, let it cure properly.

Bottom Line

Building a new driveway can be difficult for an average person, but a professional may be able to do it quickly.

As discussed above, you can find a concreter for your driveway.

I hope this has been an easy Step-by-Step Guide to Building a New Driveway.

Climate Change Protection

In the thirty years I have been living in Australia the climate seems to have changed. . . . . and not for the better.

  • More severe storms.
  • Worse Bush Fires.
  • More floods.

So how does this affect you when looking for a new home?

Well there are now some websites that provide some information about risk.

Here is one I tried out

climatevaluation.com

This site claims to be able to give you information for any location worldwide.

Here is the summary of the (free) information for my current address

B means MODERATE RISK – Risk may lead to higher insurance costs.

The other possible results would be:

A LOW RISK – Risk may be insurable at reasonable cost.

or

C HIGH RISK – Insurance may be high cost or unavailable unless adaptation actions are undertaken.

You can also pay $400 for more detailed information.

Conclusion

Knowing the area well I would say the risk level seems reasonable.

If I was looking to buy again in an area I didn’t know I would certainly want to consider Climate Risk.

 

NB. I have no connection with climatevaluation.com and have not been paid for this post.

 

Bits For Drilling Into Brick And Mortar:

How To Drill Like A Pro

Guest Post by Raymond Hartin

Brick and mortar are known for their appealing looks.

However, not knowing how to drill into it without causing any damage is an essential skill.

Drilling into brick and mortar without damaging or cracking doesn’t require special skills.

You don’t even need to be a handyman. If you have the right masonry drill bits, drills, and some basic skills, learning how to drill into brick is easy.

To get started, here are the steps to drill like a pro:

Assess The Project

Every brick and mortar is created differently, and home improvement projects vary from one another.

To know what you need to do, you should assess the project.

For instance, are you planning to drill different holes into the brick?

If so, you might want to forget about using regular electric drill and rent a heavy-duty one instead.

In addition, you should also know how old the brick is as you assess the project.

Drilling holes and hanging a heavy object that needs additional materials and expansion anchors might not be possible if the structure is old or deteriorating.

Many tasks will require you to drill directly into the bricks since they’re stronger than mortar.

For lighter fixings you might want to drill directly into the mortar.

Select The Appropriate Drill And Drill Bit Size

You want to ensure that you’re working with the appropriate drill and drill bits.

Carefully choosing such items can prevent you from causing irreparable damage or cracking to the material.

As mentioned, you’ll need a hammer drill instead of the standard one.

Hammer drills are the perfect power tools for drilling into brick and mortar, particularly if you need bigger holes.

This type of power tool works as a drill and hammer hybrid, which forces hammer-like movements into the brick with enough force to penetrate the concrete.

Hammer drills have two primary actions: breaking through the material and drilling through it to eliminate the debris from the boring home.

At present, there are two kinds of hammer drills:

  • Rotary Hammer Drills: They’re suitable for drilling holes that exceed half an inch in diameter.
  • Standard Hammer Drills: They’re the best go-to power tools for drilling holes that are half an inch or less.

Understanding the difference between these two and how to drill into brick and mortar using a hammer drill can let you work with precision.

For drill bits, you’ll need purpose-designed ones for brick and mortar, also referred to as masonry drill bits,

You have to consider the right size suited to your project and hammer drill.

Most masonry bits have exceptional power to break up masonry, and their hard-cutting tips are made for chewing through rougher materials with ease.

Use Protective Gear

When drilling into brick and mortar, you have to wear some safety items or protective gear to protect yourself and your health. Some of these safety items include the following:

  • Hearing protection
  • Dust mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Work gloves

Measure And Mark Properly

Don’t start any drilling project without first measuring and marking the location where you’re planning to drill.

Determine where you want to drill holes and use chalk to make distinct and clearer marks showing where you’ll drill.

Then, hold whatever you’re hanging from the holes you marked to ensure your measurements are correct.

Set Up The Stop

You have to set up the stop on your drill.

This will help you drill as deep as you have to.

If your drill doesn’t have an adjustable stop, try placing a masking tape on your drill bits to mark how deep you should drill.

Use Small Drill Bit First

You need to use small drill bits to make a pilot hole first.

Ensure that your bit is at a 90-degree angle to the wall and consider using a slow speed.

You can also use an auxiliary handle to increase stability and pressure.

If you have a one-speed drill, consider using a pulse drilling technique to avoid overheating.

Frequent long breaks can help protect your tool from damage due to overheating.

Drill Hole

Once you have created the pilot hole, use the right size bit and start drilling the hole.

As mentioned, ensure that your bit is at a 90-degree angle to the brick for better strength.

Install Appropriate Anchors

Now that you have a hole and haven’t cracked your brick, you can screw in the right anchor.

Depending on your preferences or what you’re hanging, make sure to use anchors that can hold the object’s weight.

Bottom Line

Drilling into brick and mortar doesn’t need to be complicated.

Drilling is easy if you use the right tools and follow the above steps.

Just make sure to use quality tools and equipment.

Moreover, don’t forget to practice and improve your skills before you drill a hole in a brick and mortar.

This way, you’ll get better results over time without having to hire professionals for the job.

 

Raymond Hartin

Raymond Hartin is a contractor who has been servicing for more than 10 years. Raymond shares his experience and knowledge in carpentry through guest posts. When he’s not busy, he enjoys camping with his family.

5 Reasons To Hire Professional Air Conditioning Services

Guest Post by Jane Williams

The clean and cool air makes a home comfortable and safe.

It’s the factor that affects your daily mood, productivity, and, most importantly, your health.

The air conditioning system is responsible for regulating the airflow and the temperature within your home.

There are home improvements that you can take the do-it-yourself (DIY) route, but air conditioning maintenance and repair are technical jobs that you should leave to the experts.

If you’re still wondering if you’re making the right decision regarding this, here are five reasons to convince you that hiring professional air conditioning services is the right option to take:

Guarantees Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is the top priority in modern times.

Aside from lowering your electrical bill, it’s a way to lessen your carbon footprint, which can significantly affect the environment.

Hiring professionals can maximize your air conditioning system’s energy efficiency.

One of the common factors of air conditioning failure is installing an inappropriate unit.

Warm and humid spots around the house can indicate this problem.

Through proper planning and installing a suitable system for your home size and layout, you can prevent sudden failures and frequent repairs.

For large areas, ducted air conditioning systems work best in maintaining the same temperature throughout the house.

However, ductless systems or mini-split types are efficient for small rooms and homes with insufficient ceiling space for ductwork.

When your air conditioning system is installed correctly, you can prevent the unit from overworking to regulate your home’s temperature.

As it functions in its best condition, you can save more energy and budget for your electric consumption.

Provides Accurate And Faster Repair

There are many indications your system needs repair.

Some of these are varying temperatures, the air being too humid or too dry, black dirt around the air filter, and loud buzzing noises that are too loud to ignore.

Figuring out the problem and trying to repair it on your own might lead to further complications in the system.

If you’re not acquainted with the technicalities of your air conditioning system, it’s best to call expert services the first time you encounter an issue.

Professionals can do troubleshooting and repair faster.

They can quickly determine if it only needs thorough cleaning or a complex restoration and replacement of some parts.

Moreover, professional air conditioning repair fixes the problem permanently.

When you try to DIY complicated issues, you may overlook some issues needing expert care. It’s best to get professional services to save you from the hassles of frequent and costly repairs.

Extends The System’s Life

The lack of cleaning and maintenance is one of the most common air conditioning system issues.

While you can clean the outer parts of the unit, more hard-to-reach parts need attention, especially for ducted systems.

Air conditioning maintenance by professionals is necessary to prolong the system’s life.

It maximizes efficiency by making sure every part is in the best condition.

This way, you can prevent sudden unit replacement due to irreversible damage.

In addition, regular cleaning and maintenance help experts prevent possible future issues.

Replacing filters, cleaning the coil, and removing dust and debris in the ductwork are essential steps to keep the system functioning and avoid serious damage.

Furthermore, you can guarantee your home air conditioning system will keep you comfortable for at least ten years.

If it’s expertly maintained, rest assured, you’ll save more money in the long run.

Ensures Safe And Clean Air

Your health, safety, and comfort should always be the top priority.

Professional air conditioning maintenance services ensure the whole system provides clean and fresh air to keep your home safe and secure from harmful elements that can cause health problems.

The formation of mold is a common problem in air conditioning systems.

Molds persist in dark and humid areas.

Technically, most materials for ductwork like galvanized steel, polyurethane, and aluminum are mildew resistant.

However, dust buildups in these ducts can serve as a breeding ground for molds.

Some common indication of mold formation in your air conditioning system is a musty odor and visible black dirt accumulation around the air vent.

When inhaled, this can cause throat irritation and wheezing.

These symptoms may lead to more serious respiratory illnesses if not given medical attention.

Keeping your air conditioning system free from dust and mold requires regular maintenance and cleaning.

You can ensure the air you breathe is always clean and safe for your health when experts properly clean each part of the system.

Lessens The Expenses

Although hiring professionals may seem expensive at first, doing so can lessen your home utility expenses in the long run.

The top advantage of an expertly installed and maintained air conditioning system is energy efficiency and lower monthly electric bills.

It means having a spare budget for other home expenses and improvement projects.

Moreover, hiring professional air conditioning services is also cost-effective in terms of replacement.

By spending a bit on regular inspection and maintenance, you can maximize the function of the whole system for at least a decade without major expenses on repairs.

Conclusion

Hiring professional services for air conditioning installation, repair, and maintenance is imperative for your peace of mind.

It’s a technical component of your home that needs expert care to ensure your comfort, safety, and value for money.

Jane Williams
Jane Williams is a home energy advisor. She conducts webinars and writes blogs to share her knowledge on how to save energy. During her free time, she enjoys yoga and painting.

Building Inspection – Compliance not Quality

Role of Building Surveyor

One of the key misunderstandings by new house buyers is the role of the building surveyor with respect to building quality of their New House.

Many consumers  believe that inspections by building surveyors against the minimum standards of the ‘Regulations’ are also an inspection of work quality specified in the contract.

This belief is incorrect, some of the key objectives of compliance with regulation are:

    • To protect the safety and health of people who use buildings and places of public entertainment; and
    • To facilitate the cost effective construction and maintenance of buildings and plumbing systems.

House Build Contract

The House contract between the owner and the builder for a new house construction includes the following aims.

  1. To provide for the maintenance of proper standards in the carrying out of domestic building work in a way that is fair to both builders and building owners; and
  2. To enable building owners to have access to insurance funds if domestic building work under a major domestic building contract is incomplete or defective.

An example of the differences would be:

If a builder ran out of bricks during the project and finished the wall off with another type of bricks.

  • As far as the building surveyor was concerned the wall would be structurally sound and would therefore meet the objectives of the regulations.
  • As far as, you the owner, is concerned a wall of two different types of bricks would definitely not be what you required.

Your remedy however, would be through your building contract, NOT the regulations.

 

For more posts about quality see Gettting It Right

 

Originally posted in 2011, updated 2022

How to Re-Secure Compromised Locks in Your Home

Guest Post by Sherazi Khan

You rely on your home’s locks to not only protect your belongings from thieves but to also protect you and your family from dangerous intruders who clearly don’t care about whether or not they’re doing the right thing.

When those locks are compromised, your safety and livelihood are all on the line.

Here’s a quick and simple guide to re-securing your home after your locks have become compromised.

When Do Locks Become Compromised?

Locks can be considered compromised for a number of reasons.

First, you have your obvious reasons. These include things such as an ex-roommate taking off with the keys to your home, locks breaking due to age or mistreatment, or the most obvious sign of a compromised lock; a successful break-in attempt.

However, there are less obvious ways they can be compromised, too.

Did you know if you hire a housesitter, or lend a babysitter the keys to watch your kids while you enjoy an evening out, they can simply take the key to a key shop and have it duplicated?

They can have a functional copy of your entry key within the time it takes you to get back from vacation or enjoy a good date night, and they’ll gain unhindered access to your home whenever they want.

You can also just lose your house key.

If a stranger sees you drop it and happens to figure out where you live, they can enter whenever they please. . . .and never put you address on a key ring!

If any of these occur, you must immediately take action.

How to Re-Secure Compromised Locks

Regardless of what happened to compromise the locks, the best way to fix it is to call an experienced locksmith and ask for re-keying services

Re-keying is when a locksmith will reset your existing locks to accept a new key, leaving the old key obsolete and non-functional.

This is cheaper than replacing every lock in your home due to something basic, and you can trust it to provide top-notch results.

There aren’t a lot of other practical options at your disposal. . . . you could replace all the locks that used that key entirely, but that requires buying entirely new locks for every door.

The price of that adds up; even if you do all of the installations yourself.

Or you could hope and pray no one uses the compromised lock for malicious purposes, and in today’s society, we wouldn’t bet on that.

Avoiding Compromised Locks

Finally, the best way to “re-secure” your locks is to prevent them from being compromised in the first place.

If possible, never leave your keys with anyone you don’t want to have access to your home. If you need a house sitter, get a family member or trusted friend. Keep track of your keys. Do whatever it is you need to do to keep others from potentially copying your key or otherwise gaining access to it when you don’t want them to. This will protect you, and it will protect your valuables

This goes for residential locks, , commercial locks, and any other type of lock you can imagine. 

Different Painting Ideas

Do you want a different look to your house?

Well how about this ? . . . It’s called Tromp L’Oeil. (Google “Tromp L’Oeil”  and you should see some great examples).

This one looks very professional, but if you take your time it’s quite possible to get a  good result.

About 25 years ago we did our daughter’s bedroom with  nursery rhyme characters and a rainbow.

Not as artistic as this but she loved it!……………………… and it helped sell the house a few years later.

Starting

Childrens bedrooms are probably the best place to start, as they aren’t likely to be your harshest critics,

Best thing is to get larger tins of paint for the sky and grass colours and keep it simple.

You can then look to get artists tubes of acrylic paint for the details.

We just traced images from her favourite bedtime stories.

As your skills develop you could think aboiut other rooms!

Can’t stop thinking about Golf?………….

How about this picture in front of your desk!

Thanks to www.funandfunonly.org for these photos.

 

For more unusual houses go

to What the………………….?

 

Why New House Numbers When You Move in Can Help Personalise a Home

Guest Post by Simon McIntyre

Your home is your castle, emphasis on “your”.

When first moving into a house most people change the locks, change paint colour, or change out window dressings.

Something that many people forget to change, or simply do not change, are house numbers.

Changing house numbers is a great, inexpensive way to make your home your own and change the look of the exterior of your home without expending a great deal of energy or money. 

Why Change Your House Numbers When Moving into a New Home?

When moving into a new home, you often change a great deal about it to help it feel more like your own and to help ensure that everything is just how you want it.

Changing out house numbers for some that you prefer is a great way to make your home your own and is a fantastic finishing touch.

Many people do not even think about their house numbers, they are simply there to signify which house is which and it hardly ever goes further than that.

That being said, house numbers are great way to personalize your home and add a bit of your own flare and a bit of your own personality to your home without spending a fortune and without having to spend a ton of time and effort as well.

Custom house numbers in a size, colour and font that you choose is a fantastic way to ensure you have numbers that you love that are also going to work well and help others find your home.

How to Customise House Numbers

There are tons of ways that you can customise your house numbers to reflect your own personality.

The first is by choosing a font that you love.

Choosing a custom font is going to reflect your personality. Is your house modern, traditional mid-century styled?

These can all be reflected in the font that you choose.

Next, you can also customise the colour of your numbers.

Adding fun pops of colour to an otherwise plain or simple exterior can help make it fun, it can help to spice things up without having to do something like paint the entire exterior of your home a very loud colour.

Another easy way to customise is by choosing the size of the numbers that you want.

You can get some great numbers that are very large or that are smaller depending on the readability of your font and where you are going to be placing your numbers.

You can also choose a fun and quirky configuration like stair stepping the numbers, putting them in a column instead of a row, or making a special place for them that is unique and totally you.

The last way you can customise your numbers is by being able to choose what material they are made from.

Many house numbers are made of low-quality plastic.

This is fine if they are not going to be exposed to weather and extreme temperature changes.

With house numbers, it is always best to get numbers that are high quality and that are made of materials that are going to be able to withstand weather.

Aluminium is a great material that is going to be lightweight, it can be customised in colour and font, and it is going to be durable.

Spending a little extra to get a great set of house numbers that are well made, durable and that also look great is a must.

By investing in a quality product, you can get house numbers you love, those that work for you and your home, and numbers that are not going to break apart and get damaged after very little wear.

Changing up house numbers is a great way to make your home feel more like your home and to ensure that you put a bit of your personality into your new home.