I've just bought a new house, and one of the items in the surveyor's report said that the electrical wiring appeared to be functional, but that I should get it checked by an electrician sooner rather than later.
I had an electrician have a look at it briefly today. Owing to a little mix-up in communications he didn't give it the thorough check I was expecting, but he'll come back soon to do that. Today, he had a quick look and told me the wiring was probably about 25 years old and identified some features which he told me were problems. Apparently my earth cable is too thin, and my gas main and water main aren't connected to the earth wiring (he told me they should be). He also had a look at a couple of power sockets, and discovered that there was no shielding on the earth cable (I could see this was true for myself, and although I'm no expert I'm pretty sure that the earth cables should have been shielded.
My guess is that he'll recommend completely rewiring when he comes back. My question is, how do I know if the house does need rewiring? Any electrician has a pretty obvious interest in telling me it does, given that I'm going to pay him several thousand quid if I do decide to rewire.
I don't mind shelling out the cash if it's necessary, but I really don't want to spend thousands of pounds and have huge amounts of disruption around the house if it's just not necessary. How do I tell?
Many thanks Adam