A home remodel is a great way to “move in to a new home”, without actually going anywhere. Whether you’re making a few changes to a single room or planning extensive renovations throughout the home, here are three things you should consider before getting started.
1. Evaluate your electrical outlet options.
If you plan on gutting walls and laying new sheetrock, then check to see if you need to move outlets or add extra ones. You can also upgrade them. USB outlets are a great option for charging devices that require USB. No need to purchase power strips to accommodate plugs used for adapters and chargers.
If you have young children in the house, consider installing tamper resistant receptacles (TRR). These types of electrical outlets are designed to protect kids from being electrocuted or from starting a fire.
2. Consider upgrading lighting fixtures.
Before beginning the remodel, consider moving and upgrading your lighting fixtures. Recessed lighting will give your home a more modern look, while LED lighting can help you cut electricity costs.
Motion sensor lights or dimmable light switches are great lighting options that will give you more control over how much light is in a room. A ceiling fan can improve the look and feel of a room and also serve to keep it cool during hot seasons.
If you’re remodeling the kitchen, the consider the following lighting options:
– Track lighting allows you to adjust the positioning of the lights and create a unique lighting setup
– Cabinet lighting can help add depth to a room and highlight certain areas
– Chandeliers can make a room look more sophisticated and elegant
3. Schedule an electrical inspection.
If your home is more than 25 years old, then consider scheduling an electrical inspection before getting started on the remodeling. Older homes may have outdated wiring that is not to code. In addition, the home may need to consume more power today, than it did 25 years ago. Before beginning the remodeling process, hire a Blue Apple Electric electrician to check your home’s wiring and make sure it’s safe for you to get started with the renovations.