It’s not something that you may think about often, but residential electrical wiring is critical to the safety, functionality and value of your home. For those who have a home that’s more than 50 years old, it’s possible that a full house electrical rewire is in your future. Alternatively, if you’re looking to buy an older house in Toronto, know that aluminum wiring in homes you’re considering may be something you’ll have to deal with.
So, how do you know if electrical wiring services is something you might need? For starters, any knob and tube wiring is absolutely a reason to complete a full house electrical rewire. In addition to age and knob and tube wiring, you should also be prepared to undergo electrical upgrades if you’ve completed major home improvements, added appliances that strain your existing system, have ungrounded two-prong outlets or have aluminum instead of copper wiring.
Making Changes To Your Home’s Electrical
Once you’re aware that you need an electrical wiring service, know that with a little planning you can minimize possible disruptions and even find opportunities to add electrical features that will increase your home’s value. Whether you think a full house electrical rewire might be required or if you simply want more power, the best place to start is to have a licensed electrician give your home inspection. They’ll be able to tell you about any warning signs and make the best suggestions for the work that should be completed.
Once you’ve had a professional and licensed electrician assess your Toronto home and decide it’s time to make some changes, be sure to plan well by thinking about the following three things:
- Adding more power. Sixty amps used to be the standard for household power, however, today most houses often need 200 amps to run all the gadgets and devices used. While you may think that not having enough power is inconvenient, it can actually cause damage to some electronics. When adding additional power, it makes sense to add more outlets too so that you aren’t left relying on power bars and extension cords which can present a safety hazard.
- Don’t cut corners. While the cost of the job will depend on the scope, you need to adequately budget for the job to get done properly, safely and up to code. Fixing aluminum wiring in homes or a complete rewire will mostly likely cost thousand dollars. For planning purposes, the best time to complete electrical work is during a larger renovation project, such as a kitchen upgrade, building an addition, or any time you have contractors in making holes in the walls anyway.
- Think about future wants and needs. If you’re going to spend money to complete needed electrical work, it’s an ideal time to add additional options that help you enjoy your home even more. From wiring for surround sound to investing in structured wiring that supports smart home technology, these types of electrical upgrades can increase the value of your home.
Complete A Successful Electrical Upgrade With Langstaff & Sloan
Making changes to your electrical can be stressful. Opening up walls can certainly lead to challenges and surprises, but there is plenty you can do to help mitigate the amount of uncertainty you encounter when completing an electrical project. One of the best ways to get your project off on the right foot is to hire an experienced and qualified electrical contractor. Langstaff & Sloan has vast experience in all types of electrical projects including full house electrical rewires and replacing knob and tube wiring. We work hard to minimize disruptions to home owners, all while prioritizing safety and a job well done. If you need electrical work done in Toronto, contact us for expert advice and professional service.