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


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Getting an older rental property in New London can be a great deal, especially if you’re willing to make the sorts of improvements it will likely demand. As rental properties age, their primary systems, such as plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical, age in the same manner.

Electrical wiring deteriorates as time goes by, and it can elicit certain huge problems. Older wiring is, in fact, not very efficient and may increase utility costs. Adding large appliances, new lighting accessories, or technology hubs to an old wiring system can set off electrical shocks, blown fuses, and overheated outlets. Older electrical wiring can be a severe fire hazard, catastrophically accounting for thousands of house fires in the U.S. annually.

When it’s the perfect time for you to improve the wiring in your rental property, you should consider several 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 understandably doesn’t have the expertise required to upgrade wiring correctly.
  • Do receive numerous proposals for the job. The lowest bid may not be the best value, yet opting for the first electrician you call may cost you. Do your homework by checking 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 crucial to think about whether the cost of satisfying their demand is higher than needing to replace them.
  • Do think of accomplishing upgrades that promote smart technologies. More and more renters are attracted toward integrated smart technologies that enhance the ease and safety of their homes. While not really necessary, a rental property that is smart technology ready may hold higher rent and bring in excellent, long-term residents.

Alternatively, attentively taking into consideration what not to do is also very important.


  • Don’t leave unnoticed wiring predicaments to try and save funds. The longer the disputes continue, the more obligation you elicit in case a fire befalls. Addressing issues as soon as possible protects both you and your property.
  • Don’t actually attempt to upgrade electrical wiring independently; don’t exact or permit your residents to fulfill it, either. A licensed, experienced electrician is the only person you should consent to upgrade your property’s wiring.
  • Don’t settle for upgrades you don’t absolutely Quality is vital, as is checking your residents are comfortable, but anything greater than the norm is likely not going to improve the value of your property enough to make it worth the time, money, and effort.

To comprehend more about electrical upgrades, maintenance plans, and other property management services provided by Real Property Management Hartford Metro/Greater New London, please contact us online or call us at 860-316-4388 today!


Originally Published on September 7, 2018

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