The electrifying issue that can determine if a house sells or not lies behind the walls. While curb appeal is important, it is highly recommended you upgrade and fix any electrical problems before you put your home on sale.
Electrical issues from old wiring to not enough outlets in your home will reduce the resale value. In addition, if you address the needed electrical repairs and remodeling early, you will avoid any problems with the home inspection later down the line. Being able to tell potential home buyers that you have recently undertaken an electrical remodeling using a certified electrician could give you an edge in this hot housing market.
Here are the top electrical issues you should consider fixing before selling your home:
- Old electrical wiring
- Increasing the number of outlets
- Outdated circuit breaker panel
- Adding ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)
- Up the amperage
Do You Have Old Electrical Wiring?
Have you checked when the wiring was first installed in your house? Any home built before 1985 needs to be upgraded because the wiring system is not up to current codes and regulations. As a general rule, wiring lasts about 30 years before it becomes a safety hazard. Risks associated with old wiring include electrical fires, which could cause severe damage if not destroy your entire house.
For this reason, it is essential to check and ensure your wiring system is up to current electrical code. Also, your home insurance policy may not cover some issues if your electrical wiring is not up-to-date. Therefore, home sellers should consider this an excellent opportunity to address the faulty wiring they have been putting off. Moreover, this is also wise since new fixtures drawing power from old wiring could cause unnecessary risks.
Additionally, the bottom line is that an upgraded electrical wiring system will increase your home’s value. Especially in the modern age of technology, the new homeowners will need a proper electrical system to power all their electronics and gadgets.
Not Enough Outlets Can Reduce Your Home Value
According to a 2019 study by the industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services company Deloitte, the average U.S. household has 11 connected devices. These electronics include TVs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, speakers, kitchen appliances, electric toothbrushes, and so much more.
All these devices need outlets. Before selling your home, check to see if adding more outlets, strategically placed close to nightstands, and likely seating areas are required. Other convenient locations to add outlets could be outside on your patio or front porch.
When upgrading the number of outlets in your home, make sure you install the three-prong outlets. In older homes, the two-prong outlet can be ubiquitous. Furthermore, this is not needed because it does not have the ground wire, which reduces the risk of electrocution and potential damage to your connected device.
Old Circuit Breaker Panel Can Cause Fires
Having an old circuit breaker panel can affect your home’s electrical function, value, and safety. Like your electrical wiring system, a professional electrician should replace the circuit breaker panel about every 20 to 30 years. An old circuit breaker panel can get corroded. This buildup can get into the panel’s parts that you can not see, causing the breaker to trip slower. This slower reaction could mean a significant risk for a fire.
Call a certified electrician to upgrade an old, outdated, undersized, or recalled circuit breaker panel, such as the Federal Pacific breaker panels.
Missing GFCIs Are Against National Electrical Code
What is a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)? It is a smart, quick-reacting circuit breaker that shuts off the electric power within seconds. The GFCI detects if the returning current is different from the outgoing current by about five milliamperes. GFCIs reduce the chance of electric shock by interrupting abnormal electrical current flow.
You can build GFCIs into an outlet or circuit breaker.
According to the National Electrical Code, areas of the home that require a GFCI include the kitchens, bathroom, garage, outdoor receptacles, basements, and crawl spaces. While this list sounds like your entire house, it is not. However, GFCIs are required in locations in your home that are within six feet of a liquid.
Not Enough Amps
Not having enough amps is one reason you may want to add additional outlets to your home. You should check your outlets’ current amperage. Most electronic devices used today require a higher amperage than older homes’ electrical wiring systems are set up to handle.
In the 1950s, homes only needed 60 amps. A decade later, houses were being built with 100 amps to power household items such as microwaves and dishwashers. Today, the most desirable amperage is about 200.
Homebuyers will undoubtedly want a home that can power all of their devices. After all, a GlobalWebIndex survey found that the average digital consumer owns more than three electronic devices.
Get A Certified Electrician To Fix Your Electrical Issues Before Selling Your Home
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If you have an electrical emergency, you can call our 24-hour emergency electricians to solve the problem or request a team of electrical contractors to come and complete a big electrical project. Call Express Electrical at (855) 976-9049!
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