If you’re considering putting off upgrading the electrical in your home because you plan to put it on the market – think twice! It’s not a good idea to sell a home with questionable wiring and electrical. What should you replace? What can you leave for the buyer to fix? Let’s look at some electrical upgrades to help sell your house.
Electrical issues often deter potential buyers. Increasing your home’s curb appeal is always important. You need to see what’s behind the scenes that might send your potential buyer to another property. While you don’t want to spend a fortune on a home you’re selling, it is wise to learn when to update home wiring so you can get top dollar on your home sale.
These electrical upgrades will keep negotiations, price reductions/credits at a minimum, and above all, will help you get an offer near listing price.
Too Few Outlets
An outlet per room is not enough, and extension cords are dangerous. Each room should feature multiple outlets in convenient locations. For example, check for outlets next to the night stand, outside the front door, or in the bathroom.
Antiquated Electrical Delivery
Often, you’ll find that older homes are wired to receive 60-amps. Modern homes require 20-amps. If your home’s wiring is outdated, it will not support the number of electrical fixtures, appliances and electrical load for today’s homes.
Wiring systems such as aluminum wiring, a leading cause of home fires, will have buyers and homeowner’s insurance companies running the other way. For safety and to manage the massive load of electronics in today’s homes, your whole home should have solid copper wire and adequate grounding.
Two-Prong (Ungrounded) Outlets
In today’s digital age, and for today’s home buyers, replace two-pronged plugs (and wiring). Outlets must be able to accept 3-prong plugs and be properly grounded. Buyers will not want to risk having their expensive gadgets getting fried.
Problematic Circuit Breaker Panels
All your home’s wiring should run through a circuit breaker panel. Any other type will stall the home sale, and affect the function and value of your home, and its insurability.
Water increases the risk of electric shock. Outlets in the kitchen, bath, garage, basement, or other wet locations should be GFCI equipped. GFCI outlets monitor electrical current. Therefore, when there is an imbalance, the outlet will disconnect power.
Now that you’ve assessed these electrical upgrades to help sell your house, do you need professional assistance? Contact Central Carolina Air Conditioning, Plumbing, & Electrical at 800.461.3010.