5 Simple Electrical Upgrades to Boost the Value of Your Home May 10, 2018
There are hundreds of tricks online to give your home curb appeal. But did you know that there are many simple electrical changes that will make your home shine? Here are some tricks to make your home look bright and modern.
1. Upgrade the Light Fixtures
Nothing dates a home more than old light fixtures - and there is nothing quite so easy to fix! For simpler fixtures, a trip to your local hardware store can provide you with modern, classy light fixtures for $20-$100. Then it is a simple exercise to swap them out and modernize your home.
Chandeliers and light fixtures in stairwells can present a bigger challenge, but a bigger reward. These lights are often the first thing you see upon entering the home.
Even in 2018, Motion Sensor Switches can evoke a sense of wonder. At $25 a switch, it's really hard to understand why. And as a bonus, they help you with energy efficiency - if someone forgets to turn off the light, it will turn itself off within a preconfigured time frame.
Motion Sensor Switches are best installed in bathroom and walk-in closets, particularly if there are no windows. There are also 3-Way motion sensor switches if you have a particularly dark hallway which would benefit.
Dimmer Switches can change the mood of a room with the touch of a button. The convenience trumps the $30 price tag. To avoid hassles, make sure that your lights and bulbs are dimmer-compatible before you upgrade the switch.
As long as the electrical box is compatible with the larger switch, an electrician can replace these in about 10-15 minutes. Or, with a voltage tester in hand and the breaker off, you can have a go at doing it yourself.
3. Under and Over Cabinet Lighting
Want your kitchen to stand out? Under and Over Cabinet Lighting is an effective way to make that happen.
Under Cabinet lighting is installed below your kitchen cabinets to illuminate your countertops directly. This eliminates shadows in your kitchen and makes food preparation much more pleasant.
Over Cabinet Lighting is generally LED strip lightingrun along the tops of your cabinets. This turns the top of your cabinets into a snappy display area, and also provides extra illumination to your kitchen.
For Over Cabinet Lights, you will require power to be run to above your cabinets. This will generally require an electrician.
The price for this lighting will vary based on the configuration of your kitchen. For a free quotation in the Edmonton area, please feel free to give us a call.
4. USB Receptacles
With all of the phones, tablets, and other tech that needs regular charging, USB Plugs can be a godsend in a modern home. A prominent USB plug in a useful location - like an entry table, or an unused kitchen counter - can make a home look more up-to-date. And as a bonus, you can charge more devices with it!
It will take an electrician about 10 minutes to swap out a USB Receptacle for a Standard Receptacle, as long as the electrical box is of sufficient size. Alternatively, with the right safety precautions in place and the power of YouTube, this is a task you can undertake yourself.
5. More Potlights!
Living rooms in Edmonton are chronically underlit. According to Canadian Electrical Code, you are only required to have one light in each room. In newer homes, this often translates into one lonely living room potlight. Older homes are often limited to a switched plug.
It is a straightforward task to add potlights within a stud space. Jumping stud spaces can be a bit more complicated, but a good electrician can achieve it.
Another simple electrical upgrade that can brighten a room is to upgrade existing 3-4" pots to 6" potlights.
Potlights can also be striking addition to bedrooms, hallways, and even the shower in your bathroom. Prices of installation can vary depending on the layout of your home - for a free quotation in the Edmonton area, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
We hope you enjoyed this article. This is only a glimpse into the electrical upgrades that can make your home stand out - there are also wireless switches, switches that can detect when you walk into the room with your phone, adding lighting to your closets, LED strip lighting in niches, and many more. Electrical upgrades can make an immediate difference to the general look of your home, and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.