Skip to Content

Essential Do’s and Don’ts of Rental Property Electrical Upgrades

Electrician at home construction site.
Investing in an older rental property in Wilmington can be an excellent deal, certainly if you’re well-prepared to make the sorts of improvements it will reasonably demand. As rental properties age, their necessary systems, in particular plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical, age in like manner.

Electrical wiring deteriorates through the years, and it can bring on lots of major problems. Older wiring, in actual fact, is not very efficient and may increase utility costs. Adding large appliances, new lighting accessories, or technology hubs to an old wiring system can result in electrical shocks, blown fuses, and overheated outlets. Older electrical wiring can be a severe fire hazard, accounting for frightfully thousands of house fires in the U.S. annually.

When it’s about the perfect time for you to improve the wiring in your rental property, you should bear in mind and implement these specific do’s and don’ts to protect your property—and your residents—from harm.

  • Do hire authorized specialists to fulfill the work. A general contractor or handyman just doesn’t have the expertise required to upgrade wiring correctly.
  • Do garner numerous proposals for the job. The lowest bid may not be the best value, and furthermore preferring the first electrician you call may cost you. Do your homework by taking into account as well as attentively comparing propositions with industry averages and each other.
  • Do acknowledge the requirements, both now and later, of your residents. If your tenants have electricity-related desires, it’s important to mindfully weigh whether the cost of satisfying their demand is higher than needing to replace them.
  • Do seriously consider upgrades that promote smart technologies. More and more renters are pulled toward integrated smart technologies that enhance the ease and safety of their homes. While not undoubtedly necessary, a rental property that is smart technology ready may hold higher rent and easily attract the best, long-term residents.

But really, understanding what not to do is, on top of that, also vital.

  • Don’t fail to spot and manage wiring predicaments to try and save funds. The longer the dilemmas continue, the more obligation you establish in case a fire appears. Addressing issues as soon as possible protects both you and your property.
  • Don’t, in whatever circumstances, attempt to upgrade electrical wiring independently; don’t mandate or permit your residents to conduct it, either. A licensed, experienced electrician is the only person you should acknowledge to upgrade your property’s wiring.
  • Don’t settle for upgrades you don’t inevitably Quality is very important, as is assuring your residents are comfortable, but anything going beyond the norm is highly likely not going to improve the value of your property enough to make it worth the time, money, and effort.

To assimilate more regarding electrical upgrades, maintenance plans, and other property management services provided by Real Property Management Champion, please contact us online or at 910-638-0190 today!

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.

The Neighborly Done Right Promise

The Neighborly Done Right Promise ® delivered by Real Property Management, a proud Neighborly company

When it comes to finding the right property manager for your investment property, you want to know that they stand behind their work and get the job done right – the first time. At Real Property Management we have the expertise, technology, and systems to manage your property the right way. We work hard to optimize your return on investment while preserving your asset and giving you peace of mind. Our highly trained and skilled team works hard so you can be sure your property's management will be Done Right.

Canada excluded. Services performed by independently owned and operated franchises.

See Full Details