It’s no secret that many home renovations pay when it comes to increased value. But, it’s important to remember that your home renovations are an investment and must be done right to be worth it. One of the things that can backfire, and in a devastating way, is poor wiring.
1. Check for updated wiring before you start
Depending on the age of your house, your electrical system might contain components that aren’t up to code anymore. In other words, your house’s electrical wiring may be outdated and won’t be able to handle the power burden daily life demands — especially if your renovation includes souped-up lighting or appliances. That heated floor in the bathroom? You definitely need to make sure your wiring is ready.
2. Add additional circuits
If you’re planning to add certain electrical features where none before existed, it’s important to make sure you have the right amount of circuits to handle the power draw. For example, installing ceiling fans may require additional circuits. This detail can often get overlooked and lead to shorts in the wiring.
3. Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets
The National Electrical Code now requires that bathrooms and kitchens be outfitted with GFCI outlets. These areas often experience either large draws of power or are in damp areas. The GFCI outlet comes with a surge protection unit it that will help prevent disaster.