I have decided to take on the task of rewiring my home to save money. As exciting as a DIY home rewiring project sounds, it also comes with risks if I do not take the proper precautions. In this article, I will provide a step-by-step guide to rewiring a home safely without professional help.

Reasons to Rewire a Home

There are a few key reasons I have decided to rewire my home:

Upgrade to Meet Code

Replace Old and Damaged Wiring

Gain More Circuits and Outlets

Increase Electrical Load Capacity

Dangers of a DIY Rewire Project

While I can save money doing my own electrical work, safety should be my top concern. Potential risks include:


Electrical Fires

Damaged Equipment

Inadequate Grounding

Required Permits and Inspections

While tempting to skip, permits and inspections are crucial safety steps in a rewiring project:

Though permits add costs, they are worthwhile to ensure safety and future home value.

Steps to Rewire a Home

Here is an overview of the major steps involved in a total home rewiring project:

1. Create a Wiring Plan

2. Obtain Permits

3. Turn Off Power and Remove Old Wiring

4. Install New Wiring and Components

5. Schedule Inspection and Turn Power Back On

Choosing the Right Wire Gauge

Selecting the proper wire gauge for a circuit is critical:

Installing New Outlets and Switches

Outlets and switches carry power throughout my home. Careful installation is essential:

Grounding and GFCI Protection

Proper grounding and GFCI outlets prevent shocks and electrocution:


GFCI Outlets

Hiring a Licensed Electrician

While I can legally wire my own home in many areas, hiring a pro may be wise:

Benefits of Hiring an Electrician

Cost Factor


Rewiring a home without professional help can save thousands of dollars if done safely. While challenging, the project is manageable for a diligent DIYer. Following local building codes, using caution around electricity, and having work inspected assures my home will be wired to the highest standard. I am now equipped with the key steps and safety knowledge to confidently rewire my home.