Rewiring a home can seem like a daunting task, but with proper planning and safety precautions, it can be done safely without hiring an electrician. As a homeowner, I have successfully rewired parts of my home, saving thousands of dollars in the process.

In this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through all the steps I took to safely rewire my home as an amateur. I'll cover:

By the end, you'll have the knowledge to safely rewire your home and avoid costly electrician fees. Let's get started!

Assessing Your Electrical System

Before beginning any rewiring project, the first step is to thoroughly assess the existing electrical system in your home. This involves:

Thoroughly assessing the electrical system allows you to determine which circuits need to be rewired and if the main service panel can support new wire runs. This is a mandatory first step.

Necessary Materials & Tools

Before rewiring, ensure you have all the necessary materials and tools on hand:



Having the right tools and materials is essential before undertaking any rewiring project. Improvising can be unsafe.

Safety Precautions

Rewiring a home involves dealing with dangerous high voltage electricity. Take these mandatory precautions:

Following safety precautions is crucial when rewiring a home. Take your time and don't cut corners.

Turning Off Power & Removing Old Wiring

Once you've assessed the electrical system and have the needed tools and materials, it's time to start the rewiring process:

Turn Off Power

The first step is to turn off power to the circuit you'll be working on at the main breaker panel:

With power off, you can safely work on the wiring. But always double check with a volt tester before touching any wires as an extra precaution.

Remove Old Wiring

After turning off power, you can start removing the old existing wiring:

Take care not to damage drywall or framing when removing old wires. Also be gentle pulling wires to avoid leaving wire fragments in the wall.

Running & Securing New Wiring

With the old wiring removed, you can now install fresh new wiring throughout the home:

Plan Route

Think about the layout and plan the most efficient route:

Run Wiring

Run wiring following your planned route:

Take care not to staple too tightly or damage wire insulation. Keep all connections accessible.

Installing New Lights, Switches & Outlets

With the new wiring runs complete, it's now time to install new switches, outlets and lighting:


Install new light fixtures:


Install new switches in boxes:


Install new outlets in boxes:

With everything connected, your home rewire is almost complete!

Inspecting & Turning Power Back On

You're now ready to turn everything back on and verify proper operation:

Inspect Wiring

Do a final inspection of all wiring:

Restore Power

Restore power gradually:

Test Operation

Test everything is working properly:

Congratulations, you've just safely rewired your home! Hopefully this guide gives you the confidence to tackle this project yourself. Take it slow, be diligent, and consult an electrician if needed. You got this!