Increase your Home’s Value by Improving your Electrical System

Saturday 1st July 2023

Improving the electrical system in your house could potentially add tens of thousands of pounds to its value as buyers often look for modern safe and efficient electrical systems.

Here are some examples of electrical works which may increase your house value:

  1. Upgrading the Electrical Panel

If your house has an older outdated electrical panel, consider upgrading it to a newer and larger capacity panel this will provide additional circuit space and meet the increased electrical demands of modern households.

  1. Installing Additional Outlets

Insufficient electrical outlets can be a turn off for potential buyers. Consider adding outlets in strategic locations to improve convenience and accommodate more modern electronics. This could include adding outlets in bedrooms, living rooms, home offices and kitchen areas.

  1. Upgrade Lighting Fixtures

Replace outdated light fixtures with modern energy efficient options. Consider installing LED lights which are long lasting, consume less energy and can provide better quality lighting. Additionally consider adding dimmer switches or smart lighting systems for added functionality and appeal.

Tactical lighting can help to highlight your property’s best features and create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for viewings.

  1. Adding Outside Lighting

Give your house curb appeal by installing outdoor lighting. This could include pathway lights, accent lighting for landscaping or security lighting. Well placed and attractive outdoor lighting can make a positive first impression on potential buyers.

  1. Installing Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans not only provide comfort but also add aesthetic appeal to a room. Installing ceiling fans in bedrooms, living rooms or outdoor areas can be an attractive feature for buyers particularly in warmer climates.

  1. Upgrading the Electrical Wiring

If your house has outdated or unstable wiring, it may be worth considering rewiring or updating certain areas. This can provide peace of mind to potential buyers knowing that the electrical system is safe and up to code.

  1. Installing Smart Home Technology Integrations

Smart home features can add value in appeal to your house. Consider installing devices like smart thermostats, programmable lighting systems or home automation hubs to allow control of various electrical aspects of the house through a smartphone or voice commands. Smart homes are an appealing feature to have in your home as they create an energy-efficient environment, which in turn reduces your bills by controlling your energy consumption.

  1. Investing in an Electric Vehicle Charging Point

Investing in an electric car charging point on the driveway of your home could encourage interest, as it demonstrates to buyers that the site is eco-friendly and well-equipped for the future.

Having to continually charge electric cars can be seen as a downside to owning one, particularly as it can take a while, so having the luxury of your own charging point at home is really appealing to buyers.

  1. Adding Solar Panels

With energy prices expected to remain high in the coming years, being able to produce your own power could prove attractive to buyers. The electricity generated by the panels captures energy from the sun and converts it into electricity which can be used at home which means you can save on your energy bills and drastically reduce your carbon footprint.

  1. Installing Smart Security

As buyers often check crime rates and the safety of an area when choosing where to live it may be prudent to install smart devices to increase the security of your home as this can help attract interest.

Adding outdoor cameras that are linked to an indoor monitor or your smartphone, in addition to motion sensors and a camera-doorbell, can assure prospective buyers that it is a safe and protected environment.

Things that may decrease your home’s value include:

  • Damaged or discoloured electrical fittings – signs of discolouration on electrical fittings suggest a build-up of heat which can definitely be a red flag for buyers. Although it’s normal for some appliances to get hot during operation, the outlet itself should never heat up.
  • Broken of loose light fixtures and fittings- As well as looking bad, any broken or loose light fixtures and fittings can also be dangerous, which could turn buyers off.
  • Outdated wiring- Not only are outdated wiring systems a cause for concern in terms of their design and style but they are also a safety hazard as an outdated wiring system is one of the main causes of house fires.
  • Multiple extension leads – Having dozens of extensions is a fire hazard, a trip hazard, and an eyesore around your home and suggests to buyers that there are insufficient sockets in the home.

Primarily, buyers want to know that the property is safe electrically, so make sure you have an Electrical Installation Certificate. Always consult with a licenced electrician before undertaking any electrical work. We can provide guidance on the best solutions for your house and ensure that the work is done safely and up to code which is crucial for maximising your house value.

At ACJ Electrical Installations, we are ready to help you with improving your home’s electrical systems. Take a look at our services here:

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