Old wiring needs to be replaced

When we toured houses, my husband and I checked out the layout of the floorplan, number of bathrooms, size of bedrooms and closet space. We were concerned about the integrity of the roof, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. The condition of the water heater, appliances and windows were considerations. As first-time homeowners, we weren’t all that knowledgeable about what features would make a big difference to our everyday lives. We were happy to get a good deal on a property in a decent neighborhood. We were thrilled with the big backyard, sizable front porch and two-car garage. It wasn’t until after we moved in that we realized how outdated the electric system was. The house was built sometime in the twenties, before there were lots of appliances and electronics that required power. The kitchen provided two outlets, while most of the other rooms only had one. The bathrooms had no outlets at all. The majority of overhead lights operated by way of pull-chains rather than switches. There wasn’t enough room on the electric panel to expand and it still utilized old-fashioned fuses. We had no choice but to hire a licensed electrician to update the electric panel and rewire the whole house. It was an expensive project but necessary. We not only wanted the convenience of light switches and plenty of outlets but the safety as well. With the number of appliances drawing power, the old wiring could have easily been overloaded and become a fire hazard. The electrician brought the home’s wiring and panel up to local code requirements.