Electrical must haves in a new house

Asked by Anonymous User, Fort Collins, CO Sat Aug 18, 2012

I am buying a new two story house which is yet to be constructed. We will be going through the electrical options with the builder soon. I am wondering about the must have electric outlets and fixtures in a house. Please advise.

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Ablakeney1789, Home Buyer, Fort Collins, CO
Tue May 26, 2015
Since you are building your house, I imagine you planned out where you would like your furniture to go. Make sure that you put outlets in useful places where you would need to plug things in. Two on each wall, especially on walls were electronics will most likely be place is crucial. Extension cords are helpful, but a pain. By designing your own house, you decided where your electrical fixtures are placed! Good luck! http://www.rdselectric.com/index.php
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Celine Sande…, Home Buyer, Walla Walla, WA
Thu May 21, 2015
For each room, you probably want to consider what kind of electronics will be in there for deciding how many electrical outlets you'd want in that room on what wall too. Some rooms like an office would require more electrical outlets. So when you build your house, consider getting enough outlets for each room. Make sure your master bedroom has at least one for each wall, and perhaps two on one wall if you'd need it. Definitely go over these things with your electrician contractor to see what the best strategies would be with his expertise too.
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Bob Oatmeyer, Home Buyer, American Fork, UT
Tue May 12, 2015
Congratulations on your new home purchase. My parents are looking to but a home as well. The electrical work is something that you really want to look over so it is great that you are. I would recommend speaking with an electrician on what the must haves are. http://ctenergysavings.com/epp/suppliers
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Apr 30, 2015
It is great that you are thinking about all this before you go through with the purchase. Things are changed all the time and technology is always improving. A question like this would be great for an electrician so that you can get the most up to date information. http://www.trustedelec.com.au
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Thu Apr 23, 2015
This is something that every potential home buyer should consider. It may depend on the specific home or area on what is best or necessary. You may want to ask around some contractors and see what the latest ideas are or what is working the best. http://www.ejkennedyelectric.com
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Eugene Dean, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Tue Mar 24, 2015
This really depends on your hobbies and lifestyle. You absolutely should make sure to install hookups for major appliances such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators. Make sure to take your special interests into consideration. For example, I have a room that is specially wired for computer servers.

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Jackson Will…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Mon Feb 23, 2015
I think the only "must haves" are going to be lights and outlets. As long as you have those, you should be in fairly good shape. There are a variety of options that could be put in. I would suggest looking through these more advanced options and deciding what you really want, and what you really don't need. With that information, you should be able to talk to the builder and tell him exactly what you want. Talking to an electrician about all of your options might also be a good way to go.
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I think that Jackson has a really good point. As long as you have the basics you should be in good shape. If you want to there are a lot of fancy things that you can get put in. A pre wired audio to your main television is always a plus though. http://rgelect.com.au
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Mon Feb 9, 2015
That is so exciting, congratulations. My husband and I plan on building a home to retire in sometime in the future. For the best electrical tips and advice I would recommend talking to a local electrician. http://www.globalelectric.ca/electrical.html
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Anonymous Us…, Home Buyer, Fort Collins, CO
Sun Nov 18, 2012
Thank you. Appreciate your inputs
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Jody Wagner, , Conifer, CO
Tue Aug 21, 2012
I would highly suggest you prewire audio in your main television room. Even if you choose not to put the speakers or audio equipment in at this time, it is inexpensive at the time of new, and quite expensive as a remodel if you want the wiring concealed.
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I know that a lot of people like to have their fancy sound systems, but they aren't necessarily a necessity. I would talk to an electrician to see what he things. There may be new ways to wire the house to decrease your power bill. Make sure that you get it done before building the home though. http://www.ajcelectrical.com.au
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I agree, it is always better to have the wiring hooked up in advance. It doesn't hurt to have it there if it is concealed. It is a really big pain to have to tear up the wall later just to put it in. You'll end up spending a lot of extra money on electricians and construction workers. http://www.qualityelectricservice.net/Electrical-Repairs-Annandale-VA.html
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I never would have thought of this. I don't want a home audio system right now, but it would be nice to have that option later. That's what I really want from my electrical wiring-- options to remodel later. That and outlets at convenient locations even if I move the furniture! | http://www.alpineelectricseattle.com
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Christine Vo…, Agent, Fort Collins, CO
Sun Aug 19, 2012
New home construction will require standard "code" electrical outlets, but the ones that often get missed is addl can lighting in kitchen, more than one in bathrooms if your family uses lots of hair curlers, shavers, and often the garage is lacking in practicality once you move in. Check and see if you will get switched outlets in your purchase package and think about if these are important. Not sure if you hang lights at Holiday times, but some folks will add one or two outlets up above, near the gutters so they can easily hang lights without extension cords. And last, if you like bedroom ceiling lights and ceiling fans be sure to ask if that is included on the wall, cause this is the time to rough in the switches. Good luck!
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This is exactly right. I think that a lot of people overlook a lot of really common things that you just don't think about. One way to keep this from being a major issue is to talk to a professional. If you hire an electrician to help you, you'll have a much better chance of making sure you don't miss anything. I would suggest looking into that.
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It really is something that you need to talk to a professional about. It depends on your individual desires in a home. And there are little details that you might miss if you don't have a second pair of eyes look over your plan. http://www.easthawthornelectrical.com.au/
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I completely agree, it has to fit within the code of electrical outlets. Usually if you hire an electrician they can tell you all of the stuff that you will need. I wouldn't try to do this project by yourself though. It can be pretty dangerous if you aren't experienced. http://www.mikecounsilelectric.com/san-jose-electrician
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Sat Aug 18, 2012

Do check out creative uses of space at link provided below.


You should go to the web site http://www.houselogic.com

It offers excellent ideas for lighting, creating extra space and electrical.

Good luck.


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Jim Olive, Agent, Key West, FL
Sat Aug 18, 2012
I really like conveniently located outlets for the kitchen, like in the center island and plentiful enough to cover all the small kitchen appliances we use these days. A coat closet near the front of the house or one of the kitchen cabinets (if you have room to spare there) is a great place to put a charging center for cell phones so you don't have to look at all those crazy wires for the phones, bluetooth devices, etc. Don't forget ample power options for your computer work station and all the accessories that need to be plugged in, as well as good, hidden electricity for your entertainment equipment, those wires can get ugly if left out in the open...
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It's important to make sure that you have enough outlets and power for your kitchen appliances. My sister overloaded the circuit one time and had no power in her kitchen for a few days. It makes you appreciate having things work that much more. I also like the design so you don't have to have wires hanging out all over the place. Things can be a lot nicer if they are planned properly. http://www.faradaygroup.com.au
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Suz A, Agent, Longmont, CO
Sat Aug 18, 2012
The little things count and it might be worth investigating what you will need if you buy a vehicle that has to be charged. Even if your are dead set against going electric, the next owner may like them. If you take up golf, you might need some accommodation for a golf cart. Make sure you have an adequate electrical panel. That goes for the basement, too.

Here are a few other suggestions:
Lots of outlets. With my last home, I made sure I had strategically placed outlets and light fixtures. Some builders offer packages and some let you pick and choose how many and where they will go.

The 220s. Absolutely have at least one 220 located in the garage (that is in addition to the kitchen and laundry room). A few 110s are good, too.

Outdoor outlets and fixtures. Have a covered outlet installed for the front yard and back yard. You might coordinate your electrical needs with the outside lighting that fits your lifestyle. If you're the Chevy Chase type who needs to light up the entire county at Christmas time, now's the time to install that extra outlet.

Energy savers. Florescent is good for laundry rooms, basement work areas and a few other places where you're going to be for short periods. But lavish on lighting for dining rooms and kitchens where you will be spending most of your time. The builder's designer or the builder will tell you the kitchen is definitely where you want to spend any extra cash.

While you're at it, you might want to investigate installing a thermostat that communicates with your computer. Smart homes are here.

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