Electrical Features You May Want to Upgrade Before You Sell Your Home

Posted on: 17 November 2016

If you live in an older home and are considering putting it up for sale, you may need to invest some money in it first. Making the right investments in a house can help you sell it more quickly and for a higher price, and electrical updates might be one of the things your home needs before you list it with a real-estate agent. Here are four electrical issues you might need to address in your home before you sell it.

No Light Fixtures in the Rooms

Older homes were often built with an insufficient amount of lighting, and one of the key features of older homes is that there are no light fixtures in most of the rooms. Your kitchen and bathrooms will have light fixtures, but your bedrooms and living room may not. While you probably rely on lamps to light these areas, adding light fixtures can be a good feature to add to your home before you sell it.

An electrician can add a light fixture to any room in your home, and this is done by tapping into the electricity in the room. If necessary, the electrician will also add light switches to control these lights. If your rooms have light switches that are tied to outlets in the rooms, this can be changed. These light switches can be removed from the outlets and tied to the new light fixtures.

Not Enough Outlets

Older homes also typically lack enough wall outlets. Decades ago, people did not own as many electrical items as most people own today. Because of this, electricians installed very few outlets in rooms. If your rooms do not have enough outlets, an electrician can install as many as you would like in each of the rooms. You can even tell the electrician where to place the outlets he or she adds.

When this is done, the electrician will make sure that the breakers are not overloaded with the new outlets.

Lack of GFCIs

If your home does not have GFCI outlets in the bathrooms and kitchen, this is another thing an electrician can do for you. A GFCI outlet is designed to prevent electrical shocks, and that is why they are required for all outlets by water sources in a home.

When there is a GFCI outlet, the power to the outlet is automatically cut off if water comes in contact with an appliance that is plugged into the outlet. If your home does not have these, you will need to install them before you sell the house simply because this is a safety requirement that must be completed according to building codes.

Insufficient Electrical Service 

The first three tasks are somewhat affordable to complete, but this task can be quite expensive. The electrical service to your home controls how much electricity you can use in your home. Because people did not use as much electricity years ago, older homes often do not have a sufficient amount for today's standards and usage.

If your home is like this, you may experience breakers tripping often. This occurs when the breakers sense an overload of electricity usage, and the only way to fix this problem is to update your electrical service to one that is larger. The cost to do this may be between $800 to $3,000. The price depends on what exactly needs to be completed during the process.

Upgrading electrical features in your home can be a good selling point simply because some buyers might be turned off when they discover the electrical problems your home has. If you are interested in learning more about any of these services, contact an electrician today.