Selling Your Home? 5 Electrical Issues That Can Bust Your Sale
Your home is your castle, but even the most regal domicile needs upkeep and maintenance to guarantee its future. You have worked for years to keep your roof strong, your yard green, and your structural foundations sturdy, but now it’s time to sell your house…
Don’t allow a faulty electrical system short circuit the sale.
A safe, state of the art grid is vital to the value of your home, so we are going to break down the top five issues that send red flags to potential buyers. Be on the lookout prior to posting that “for sale” sign.
Amp Up Your Amps
Older homes are often gauged at a service rating (SR) of 60 amps, which was sufficient for the electrical needs of years gone by. But you want to move into the 21st century by upgrading your SR to 200 amps before you sell your house. Homeowners want to be sure they can run their modern appliances without interfering with a hot water heater, kitchen functionality, and other conveniences which we often take for granted, and a 200 amp SR is essential to delivering on this promise.
You can determine your home’s SR by assessing five different metrics: conduit piping, your meter, the electrical panel, your main breaker, and a home’s wiring. The lowest rated among these determines your overall SR. In other words, you are only as strong as your weakest link… or wire, as the case may be.
Make Sure the Wiring Can Handle the Wattage
Now it’s time to take a closer look at your aforementioned wiring. Your main service wire (the connection between the residential circuit breaker and your home) must be equipped to handle your desired amperage, so here’s a quick cheat-sheet to make sure you’re firing on all cylinders:
A six-gauge wire can handle 60 amp service
Four-gauge is equipped for 100 amps
Two-gauge can deliver 125 amp service
One-gauge carries 150 amps
2/0 gauge corresponds to a 200 amp service rating
If you are unsure how to check the main service wire, fear not! One of our skilled professionals is happy to help.
But your main wire is just part of the story. Faulty, frayed, or otherwise antiquated wiring sets back your entire system. You want your home to appeal to savvy buyers from this generation, so you need a hookup to match. Be sure your wiring is properly grounded and of the copper variety; older systems are more susceptible to sparking and melting.
Outlets Are In!
Take a quick inventory of the devices that power your life. Cell phones, tablets, TVs, washer/dryers, lamps, dishwashers, microwave ovens – these all require electricity, and you don’t want to be hunting for a plug when you’re almost out of juice. That’s why your home should be outfitted with enough outlets to handle the needs of today’s digital demands.
Put yourself in the shoes of someone looking to buy your home. If they look around and see power strips strung along every wall and a general lack of outlets, they will invariably view your abode as ill-equipped to wrangle their device menagerie. Plug into their perspective and up your outlet count!
Three Prongs, All Day Long
As with most questions of home sale factors, it’s not (only) about quantity, but also quality. Having enough outlets is a great first step, but you should also make sure they are the proper variety. Three-prong outlets can handle the brunt of modern electronics far more adeptly than the quaint old two-prong options.
This may sound like just a cosmetic adjustment, but two-prong outlets are actually dangerous and ineffective. If you’re planning to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars staging your home for resale, why not beef up an area that has an actual impact on the functionality of your electrical system?
Let’s Ask the Panel
Any shrewd house hunter will want to take a peek at your circuit breaker panel, and for good reason. If it runs on bulbs, it’s no bueno. If it has been stitched together to coddle your electrical needs, it needs to be scrapped. If it dates back to the ’60s, tell it to take a hike, man.
Your panel should reflect your seriousness about selling this home. Faulty units increase the risk of fire hazards and blackouts, making it more difficult to insure your property. These are glaring red flags to anyone interested in purchasing your house and must be avoided at all costs by upgrading your circuit breaker panel immediately.
Luckily, we know the perfect team to help you on your journey from conscientious homeowner to a successful home seller. Pacman Electric brings decades of experience to bat for you, and we are the ideal consultants when it comes to all things electrical.
So, if you live in Florida – congratulations! Not only can you enjoy the wonders of the Sunshine State, but you also happen to share a close proximity with our talented squad of expert contractors. We can visit your home before you put it on the market to make sure that your first foot forward is your best foot forward.
So contact us today and let’s troubleshoot your electrical system. You know that your potential buyers will be analyzing every inch of your house, so please allow us to preemptively put their worries to rest.