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​Top Electrical Upgrades to Make to Your Denver Real Estate

May 17, 2017

When you are remodeling or considering upgrades to a home or apartment complex, you may have simply forgotten about the electrical needs. Many remodeling projects need updated electrical for functional and safety needs, also upgrading the lighting can complement your remodel and add a high end touch. From overall home or apartment upgrades to kitchen and bathroom remodeling, learn about some of the top updates to make to your Denver real estate pop.

Overall Home Upgrades

Depending on the age of your home or apartment complex, you may need rewiring. With all of the technology and appliances we use today, your old wiring might not be capable of handling your needs or the needs of your tenants. In many cases your old wiring may no longer meet code. If you notice warning signs such as fuses being blown frequently, lights that flicker or seem dimmer than they should be or a spark coming out of an outlet, it might be time to consider a rewire. In addition, if you do not have ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in rooms where there is water, you will need those added for safety. You can have a local electrician assess your property and inform you of what you will need to do for the project. Then during your rewire project, you can add additional outlets to places that would be more convenient. It is also a great time to add plugs to accommodate your devices that include portlets for items such as USB.

Kitchens and Bathrooms

Kitchens and bathroom are two rooms in a home that get frequent electrical use. For kitchens, adding in outlets to accommodate any of your small appliances can be helpful when cooking. Lighting is another addition to make in kitchens though too. Consider adding recessed lighting underneath your cabinets, controlled by a switch upon entry. This is great for setting a mood or ideal if you are just popping in the kitchen at night to grab something and do not need all the bright lights on. For bathrooms, often the lighting can be extremely unflattering. This is not helpful when trying to get ready in the morning! If you have long lights along the sides of your bathroom mirror, consider adding lighting above instead. Or, add smaller sconces on both sides. Also, if you also have overhead lighting in a bathroom, consider adding a dimmer. For more tips on bathroom lighting, read This Old House’s A Lesson in Bathroom Lighting.

Living Rooms

For large living spaces, such as family rooms or basements, it is helpful to have a variety of lighting opens to accommodate all using those spaces. For instance, adding in a dimmer is helpful if the mood changes quickly. For instance, if you are playing games, you might want all the lights on bright. But if you are watching a movie, you might want to turn the lighting down some. It is also helpful to have plenty of outlets as well to accommodate everyone’s charging needs. Last, a fan or ceiling light is a great accent piece to add to a living room as well.

If you are looking to upgrade your current rental, these are some ideal changes to make with your electrical equipment. Need assistance with your rental properties? DenCO Property Management and Sales can help. Learn more about real estate investing in Denver and contact us at 303-722-9688 to get started.