Purchasing an older home in Australia is a charming prospect. Many of our older homes were built during a time when block sizes were plentiful and homes were built with flourishes of craftsmanship that are rarely seen in modern prefabricated suburbs.
If you’re considering the purchase of an older home, it’s important to embrace the reality that even a ‘fully renovated’ home will still have maintenance costs that may be substantially higher than a new home.
One oft-overlooked part of a fixer-upper or renovator’s dream is an electrical renovation. Electrical wiring upgrades are an inevitability to ensure your home remains a valuable and safe place to live.
The need to upgrade
The vast majority of homeowners won’t think about the electrical system in their older home until they realise that it doesn’t perform as it should!
Just because your hallway lights turn on at the flick of a switch, and your oven heats up your roast chicken on a Sunday afternoon, doesn’t necessarily mean that antiquated electrical wiring can achieve the power demands you and your family have on a day-to-day basis.
If planned correctly, electrical wiring upgrades should consider every component of your house – from the living room through to the second bathroom! A well prepared electrical renovation will be fully in keeping with the demands of current modern living. These additional features may appear costly in the short-term, but in the long-term they will be an opportunity to increase the value of your home.
Safety always needs to be a major consideration when it comes to electrical system upgrades. If your house is several decades old, its electrical wiring may pose a risk to you and your loved ones. A primary cause of fires in residential homes is faulty wiring, and if your house is a little long in the tooth, there is a chance that its wiring is either unsafe or out-of-date.
In some cases, we may not always know when wiring in your home was last inspected. It is always worthwhile to have a licensed electrician take a look, especially if you have experienced any of the following:
- Sparking, discoloured or warm power outlets;
- The sensation of tingling when touching an appliance;
- Lights that flicker or dim at random;
- Repeatedly blown or tripping fuses;
- The smell of burning when using an appliance;
The essentials and the nice-to-haves
Some electrical upgrades are vital to modernise your home, whereas others will just make your home life easier!
Fundamental updates to your home include:
- Upgrades to your panel so that your household can utilise more energy, more efficiently;
- Installing outlets and receptacles that are safe and competent for appliances that consume a lot of energy;
- Modernising the features of your light switches, with the usage of remote controls or dimmer switches; and,
- Reconceptualising your home during renovations, to ensure that the electrical system can accommodate modern requirements.
Optional upgrades to your home can include:
- Remote-controlled reticulation or sprinkler systems;
- Upgrades to your smoke alarms;
- Smart sensors and alarms;
- Smart thermostats;
- Remote controlled blinds;
- Security and surveillance systems; and
- Upgraded air conditioning for more efficient heating and cooling.
Interested in upgrading?
At Pascoe’s Plumbers and Electricians, our licensed electricians are available 24/7 for electrical system upgrade work that will completely redefine your older home!
Get in touch with us today, and we will be in touch to confirm our availability!