You are preparing to sell your home in Lakeland and have taken care of all the needed repairs, or have you? If you haven’t had your homes electrical systems inspected by an electrician, the answer is no; you have not taken care of everything. Let’s take a look at why you need an electrician to inspect your home before putting it up for sale.
Here are some electrical upgrades that are vital to reducing the need for countless negotiations related to lowering price or credits after a home inspection and will help you get an offer in a tough housing market.
If you have a home that was constructed in the 1920s or 1930s and it still has the original fuse box, it will deter most people interested in buying your home. You will want to be sure that your home does not have faulty wiring which could result in a fire (it is wise to do this even if you are not selling your home). Old circuit breakers may not be able to handle the load of a modern home, and like old circuit breakers, they are an outright fire hazard. If you have rigged circuit breakers or fuse boxes, they too can cause a fire.
Older homes can’t handle the amount of electricity needed to run modern appliances. If your home is wired to handle only 60 amps, then you need to upgrade it to the 200 amps that homes require now.
In today’s home environment, home buyers want more than one outlet per room. One outlet per room is not nearly enough. No one wants to run extension cords throughout their home. Outlets should be placed in useful areas like kitchen counters, bathroom counters, in the garage, and other areas where multiple items need to be plugged in.
Another likely issue is that your home is over 15 years old it is probably not adequately grounded, another deal breaker. You will also want to check to see if your outlets are three-pronged. Outlets that only have two prongs are not grounded and should be replaced with three prong type outlets. In Central Florida having grounded outlets is a must. Our summer thunderstorms are notorious for zapping homes and destroying electronics. If you are not grounded, you can be sure you will lose something that is plugged in.
The bottom line is that if your home is from the 1950s and you haven’t had an electrician inspect or upgrade your wiring and electric apparatus, you can expect to get 1950s prices as a bid. Call us today to get you scheduled.