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Electrical Upgrades to Make Before You Sell Your Home

Whether you’re looking to sell now or in the near future, you’re probably putting a whole lot of thought into what needs to get done in order for your home to be market-ready—the kitchen, bathrooms, a new roof, and more likely all come to mind.

It’s also important to figure out the right electrical upgrades for your home so you can make sure your home is in pristine condition when it comes time to sell. No one wants to move into a new home with a faulty electrical system, so investing in these electric services will benefit your closing costs and the new owner’s experience.

Take the time to learn how you’ll benefit from these services and how it may lead to a faster sale.

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Why Electrical Upgrades Are Important

Why should you focus on the electrical system before looking into other aspects of your house? For starters, the electrical system is one of the most vulnerable systems in your house. If any issues were to occur, you could be faced with an electrical fire, fried system, and other problems. Taking note of this electrical safety checklist will ensure a more reliable process.

In order for a house to be desirable to a potential buyer, it has to be a home. That means it needs to be safe, functional, and reliable. Electrical fixtures play a huge role in a home, meaning if they’re in rough shape, you may have a hard time getting potential buyers interested. No one wants to buy a home that needs a panel upgrade or a home where there is faulty wiring.

Beyond this, many electrical upgrades rank very high on the ROI scale, meaning the money you put into them will not only make your home more attractive but also increase its value. All in all, electrical upgrades are a very efficient and effective way to make your home sell faster and sell higher at the same time.

Electrical Upgrades for the Essentials

Upgrading your home electrical system focuses on improving both safety and functionality, making the electrical in your home more appealing and more functional. Not every home needs these upgrades, but if your home does, you should absolutely get them handled before anything else.

  • Updating Wiring: The wiring in your home is the basis of what makes everything work smoothly and safely. Old wiring is not only unsafe, but it’s actually becoming incompatible with all of the new bells and whistles most homes enjoy. Rewiring is a big job, but no homeowner is going to set foot in a space where the wires are all crossed, mismatched, and aging.
  • Electrical Panel Upgrades: 30 years ago, a standard 40 to 60 amp panel was more than sufficient for homes. But in a modern home, you can see access needed up to 150, 200, or even more to accommodate plasma TVs and home spas. An electrical panel replacement is a fast, easy, and very cost-effective way to boost home value.
  • GFCI Outlet Installation: GFCI outlets should be installed anywhere where water or moisture is frequently present, meaning kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, and outbuildings.
  • Updating Fixtures: A nice overhead light or ceiling fan from the 1950s might help you nail that retro feel you’re going for. However, it might also be responsible for an electrical fire. The sad fact is that most appliances that are a few decades old just aren’t safe anymore, so replace them when you can.
  • Electrical Code Inspections: An electrical inspection can give you a very clean and clear eye on the biggest areas in your home that need work. They’re a great way to hone in on what needs to get done and ensure your home is fit to go on the market.

Aesthetic and Function Upgrades

While the above list is a priority when it comes to selling your home, there are other things that you may want to consider. Making these upgrades before selling a house will make your home more appealing to potential buyers:

  • Outdoor and Security Lighting: Outdoor lighting is a very cost-efficient way to give your exterior a facelift and carries the added appeal of a reliable security system. It’s not a must for many buyers, but it’s certainly a plus.
  • Additional Outlet Installation: Electrical access is nearly as important as having clean running water in a modern home, so be sure you’ve got plenty of outlets around in every room. Updating your outlets to new ones that include USB ports will make your home more adaptable for various electronics.
  • New Lighting: New interior lighting can brighten up spaces that feel too small or shadowy, making them far more visually appealing and welcoming when you show off your home. Adding under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen or bathroom can go a long way, too.

If you’re looking to sell your home in the Montgomery County, Carroll County, Frederick County, or Howard County areas and need pros you can trust, call GAC Services. We’ve been handling home electrical upgrades for years, so you know you can count on our experts for superior solutions and cost-efficient services.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our team when you need to upgrade your house’s electrical system.

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