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Mrs Paul, Both Buyer and Seller in Columbia, SC

I'm getting ready to place my 1950's brick ranch home on the market and I want to know if I should update the

Asked by Mrs Paul, Columbia, SC Tue May 5, 2009

entire electrical system or sell the home with the original electrical system. Everything is working just fine, however, when you use
several high wattage electrical devices at once, sometimes the breaker switch will flip off. Does an updated
electrical system enhance the value of my home?

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Hello Mrs. Paul,
I agree you should have a home inspection prior to listing. Please feel free to call me about my move in certified program.
Wishing you the best,

Bob Stephens RBI# 2587
United Home inspections, LLC
Web Reference: http://united2inspect.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 9, 2009
Hi Mrs. Paul.

I totally agree with Donna. I suggest getting a Home Inspection which costs around $250 depending on the size of your home. I have 3 great choices in Home Inspectors so please feel free to call or email me and I will give you those contacts and phone #'s. I would love to help with listing your home and looking for your future home.

I wish you the best.

Darlene Vause, ABR, CNRS, CNAS, Realtor
ERA Wilder Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 5, 2009
Hello Mrs. Paul,

It sounds like you electrical system performs as well as most updated systems do today. So simply put, enhancing an already functioning electrical system will not add any value to your home. I would suggest that you have the system checked to ensure that there's nothing more serious going on. If you have any other other questions please give me a call.

Visit http://www.midlandshomevalue.com for your free home value consulation (CMA)


Howard Rose III
Army (Retired) Realtor
Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 5, 2009
Mrs. Paul,

It will not necessarily enhance the value of your home. However, bringing your home up to code will help the process of selling your home in that the buyer will have less repair/updating issues with which to haggle with you over. Updating your home shows a buyer that buying your home will be possibly less of a hassle than other homes on the market. This can mean a lot to a buyer!

Along these lines, getting a property inspection on your own will show the buyer that you are a proactive seller. If a buyer comes along, and you can not only show them that you have already conducted and inspection, but have the sales receipts to show repairs or updates to bring the home to current codes. It gives the buyer a relief to know that this home has less, if any, possible negative surprises to look forward to, and can therefore increase the likelihood of a price closer to your asking price. I hope this helps!

Please feel free to call me for any other questions, a referral of a good home inspector or even a free market analysis of your home.

-Donna Reed
Midlands Realtors
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