Buying and Selling a House: Electrical Service Upgrades
9/24/2015 11:29 AM -
Buying a house nearly always requires a touch of work to bring the house up to your standards. It may be new paint or carpets to match your tastes, or something more complicated you expect in your home. Of course when selling a house, there may be a need for upgrades to bring the house up to code or add appeal and help it sell faster. Electrical upgrades can take a variety of forms that modernize an older house or bring it up to the expectations held by you and the local building codes.
Fuses to Circuits
Fuses are nearly an outdated technology although they still exist in a few homes. Circuit breakers simply work more efficiently for modern needs. At the time fuse boxes were standard in the home the power requirements were different for typical appliances used. Most people who still have fuses consider them a nuisance as you have to keep extras around in case one blows out rather than simply flipping a circuit breaker back on. You’ll be happier with your home after you switch to circuit breakers.
Older outlets tend to only have two holes for a positive and negative prong while newer outlets have a third hole for a ground plug. There are adaptors available, but they don’t provide a practical ground and therefore aren’t intended for long term use or even for every type of electrical item you may want to plug in. When a licensed electrician replaces your outlets, he will assure it is done properly, includes appropriate grounding, and is safe for you and your family.
You probably haven’t considered your wiring because it is out of sight and mind. However, if you live in an older house with fuses and two prong outlets, you should be aware your wiring is just as old. Experienced electricians have ways of knowing how old the wiring is and when to typically expect a need to rewire. If caught in time the electrician will likely work with you if needed and develop a schedule to rewire sections of your house over time so you can spread out the cost of repairs according to your budget. If you wait until the entire house has to be immediately rewired, it’s going to cost more and be more of a nuisance to conduct the repairs.
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