7 Tips for Rewiring Older Homes


Older homes are charming but come with a series of their own issues. The lights work, the TV’s up and running. So, surely the electrical wiring is fine. Right? Well, the reality is when historic homes were built, many of these modern day conveniences weren’t available.

The most important challenge with rewiring historic homes is keeping damage to a minimum. Too often, our A&P Electric team sees homeowners trying to complete this on their own — resulting in dangerous risks to their safety and even more damage than if they’d gone through an electrician. 

Rather than trying to stretch your dollar, we highly recommend having it done the first time (which will save you money in the long run through repairs and damage control).

If you’re moving into a home more than 40 years old, you’ll need to upgrade your electrical wiring. It can be a messy and expensive process if you don’t know what to expect. But with some planning and these 7 tips, though, you’ll be well on your way to increasing the value of your home.

1. Conduct an inventory of your devices

How many devices do you use? How many appliances take up large amounts of electricity? By assessing the need, you’ll be able to plan an electrical system to match it.

2. Check local codes and pull permits

From outlets to the type of wiring used in the project, you’ll need to obtain the proper permits from your local government office. Oklahoma uses the National Electrical Code and you can explore permits here.

3. Use your intel to create a plan

Once you’ve done the initial legwork, start compiling a list of your project wants. For example, when are you hoping to finish the project by? Or if you use multiple devices on a daily basis, what areas would you like the outlets to be?

4. Walk through with an electrician

Knowledge is king. Seek out an experienced electrician (like A&P Electric) who understands older buildings and the complexities that come with rewiring.

5. Prepare for reconstruction

As we mentioned earlier, avoiding unnecessary damage is key. If you are dealing with demolition of any kind, make sure you have a plan in place for cleanup and restoration.

6. Strategize power for key areas

Identify the areas you’ll be running through power most. Running a wire directly from a circuit breaker to an outlet (without other devices) is a great way to reduce breaker outages.

7. Integrate switches and plates

Modernizing your electrical system doesn’t mean your property has to lose its historic charm. Search companies that offer hardware that matches your design style or the era of your home.

Stuffing old homes with breakers, outlets and plugins can be dangerous — not to mention costly. Trying to increase energy when the home isn’t set up for it can be a real mess. But don’t forget, A&P Electric is here to guide you along the way. To learn more about rewiring older homes or how we can meet your specific needs, don't hesitate reaching out to our team at (405) 326-6117.