I get asked by a lot of homeowners in Huntingdon 'does my home need a full rewire'?
The answer to this question depends on a few things. Here is a small list on things to look out for when answering this question
1. Fuse box? Is it an old style fuse box incorporating rewireable fuse's? This would suggest that the house has not had any major electrical renovation work from the 60/70s. At this stage, it would be wise to seen an inspection and report from a local, reliable electrician
2. Lights/sockets/switches- do the accessories in question look/old worn? If so, then this is another sign that the electrical installation is of a certain age without much attention since it was first constructed and may be in need of an inspection
3. VIR (Vulcanized Indian Rubber)/ Lead sheathed cable- this is the single most giveaway sign that your wiring requires immediate replacement. These cables when there were created had a 25 year life span and these cables haven't been made for over 50 years. These cables can be hard to identify without dismantle of the installation. However, if you are able to see the mains cables leaving the fuse board and any are black and rubber or covered in lead, rather that the traditional flat grey PVC cable that is available today, then you wiring requires replacement without further delay
Of course, if you are still unsure, I am always available for advice