The electrical wires that wind throughout your home should serve to protect you against fire, shock, and malfunction. There are some instances in which upgrading your wiring is necessary. Here are 3 reasons to rewire your home.
You're selling an older home
Wiring in older homes is often not up to code, which can make your home difficult to sell. If your home is more than 40 years old, the wiring may be unsafe. You may notice things with your wiring that appear odd or dangerous already, such as:
- outlets that feel warm or hot when they are in use
- breakers tripping when more than one appliance is turned on
- flickering or randomly dimming lights
As you prepare to sell your older home, even if you don't notice anything apparently wrong with your wiring, you should contact an electrician to make sure all electric wire in your home is safe and updated. This can help you successfully sell your home, regardless of its age, since buyers will feel confident that your modern wiring is safe.
You don't have many outlets
Your home may not have as many outlets as you'd like, which causes you to use power surge cords or to constantly unplug certain appliances to plug in different ones. This hassle can be avoided by adding new outlets and switches to your home, which can be done while your existing electric wire is checked. Consider adding outlets in key areas of your home, such as your kitchen or living room for more convenient living.
You are remodeling your current home
A remodeling project, such as adding onto your kitchen or adding an overhead garage, can expose your electrical wiring and any existing issues. If your contractor notices anything wrong with your current wiring, such as poor connection or aluminum wiring (aluminum connections were popular in the 50s and 60s and are poor conductors), then you may need an entire electric rewire on your home. Your electrician can help guide you through any changes you need to make to ensure your home is safe after a remodel.
Your electricity is important to you, and healthy wires are key to preventing home fires and other hazards. If your home isn't up to code, you may notice issues with your electrical wiring. Doing an electric rewire is the best way to ensure that your home remains safe, whether you are selling, upgrading, or need new outlets and switches for your own convenience.