If you are planning to buy a new home or contemplating a home improvement then make sure you check your property for electrical issues first. People will surely come in with their checklist that includes an upgraded kitchen, triple pane windows, a spacious bedroom and a fully-furnished modular kitchen. But, when they want to seal the deal they get more serious and dive into details.

So if your home is over 20 years old, you must ensure that all the electrical supplies and materials are safe and up-to-date with the latest electrical code. Here are 5 important electrical upgrades to consider:

  1. Make Sure the Electrical System is Properly Grounded

Most old properties have electrical outlets that don’t come with three-prong plugs. This could indicate that your existing electrical system is not completely grounded and could lead to an electrical hazard. So if you want to safeguard your home against power surges, overloading, shocks and extreme weather conditions then make sure your electrical system is grounded.

  1. Examine the Circuit Panels

All the wiring in your home runs through the circuit panel. Your home may need an electrical upgrade if the existing electrical panel shows any signs of damage, rust or deterioration. A new circuit panel is also needed if your home needs more power to several home appliances and electronic devices simultaneously. Ideally, a 200 amp circuit panel will keep your appliances running without tripping the breaker.

  1. Check the Wiring

Old homes have old wiring and old wiring is either aluminum or knob and tube. This leaves your property vulnerable to short circuits and electrical fires. If your home has this wiring, then you need to replace it immediately. Effective practices in electrical wiring will ensure that the load on the circuit is reduced and your home stays safe from potential electrical issues.

  1. Take a Closer Look at all the Old Outlets

Old properties don’t have a lot of outlets because a few decades ago there weren’t many devices to the plugin. Earlier an outlet per room was adequate but now every appliance needs connection. But extension cords can prove to be dangerous so to ensure electrical safety and convenience, make sure your property has enough outlets installed.

  1. Test Your GFCI Outlets

GFCI outlet monitors the flow of current and cuts the supply of power in case of fluctuations. If any outlet is located in a wet area like the kitchen, bathroom, basement, garage, or in your outdoor living space then you need to install a GFCI outlet to reduce the possibility of shocks and fire.

If you are selling your home, then make sure you upgrade all the electrical supplies and materials. D & F Liquidators keeps an extensive range of electrical circuit breakers, wire cables, safety switches, connectors and everything you need for an electrical upgrade.

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