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Planning your electrics

Tim Doherty shares his top tips for ensuring your new house has a suitable electrical supply
The consumer unit allows you to control the various electrical circuits in your home. Inset right: A new installation will need to be certified by a trained professional to ensure it meets with regulations

E lectricity is an essential household power source, so if you’re building a new home you’ll need to check that your site is connected to a supply. If the plot has previously been built on, you could already have a live service available, which can be temporarily turned off while an interim supply provides for your contractors, before being reconnected once the new property is finished. If you don’t have an electrical supply, then you’ll be required to submit an application for a connection to the Distribution Network Operator (DNO).

The DNO will need to provide a physical connection from its main supply (usually located at the nearest highway), giving you with a Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN). The price of this varies, but generally starts from around £1,200 excluding the cost of digging service trenches or building meter boxes. Once you’ve completed an application, had a fixed quote and potentially a site visit, the works are usually carried out six to eight weeks from payment – it’s best to allow at least four months for the whole process. After this you’ll be free to choose an energy provider, who will fit a meter (usually free of charge) and bill you for use going forward.

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The November edition of Build It magazine brings you all the inspiration & practical advice you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget, including: • A self-built first home for just £47,000 (page 48) • Why build with oak? (page 64) • Rainwater goods: repair or replace? (page 67) • 5 renovation tips for a healthy home (page 81) • Is open plan living right for you (page 103) • Expert guide to lighting and electrics (page 112) … and more!