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Electrical Tips – Building a New House

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If so, be sure the electrical plan includes some “good to have” additions.   When you include these improvements during initial construction you’ll save lots of money.   These extras would just cost more money and time to add later.  It is better to do them between the framing and drywall stages.

Here is a list of tips for your consideration before you start construction.  If you’ve already started building a new house, try to get them in before you enclose the wiring with drywall.


Plan for convenience.  Add light switches in the hallway outside the attic (or storage area) so that you don’t have to enter the area in the dark and then find the switch.  With an exterior switch, you can turn the light on before you enter.

Plan for safety.  Add motion-activated stairway lights with a switch at the top and bottom.  Add motion-activated security lights to cover all sidewalks, garage doors, and areas around bedroom windows.

Plan for savings.   Incorporate timer switches to ensure that lights, fans and other appliances  to turn them off when not being used.   Be sure to use up-to-date LED fixtures and bulbs throughout.   LEDs will save money and will last 20-25 years or more.  Also make sure you add bedroom ceiling boxes for future additions of ceiling fans or lights.

Plan for outdoor living.   More indoor activities are being moved outside onto decks and patios.  Put extra weatherproof outlets around those exterior locations.   This allows you to avoid running extension cords across those areas.  Eliminate that trip hazard and improve the appearance of your new home.  Think about overhead lighting and ground-level outlets for your pool or hot tub, and add GFCI-protected outlets near them.

Plan for holiday decorations.   Add outlets on mantles, recessed into bookcases and under the eaves outside.  If you have a small tree that you plan to light, add an in-ground outlet near the base.  Anywhere you plan to have electric holiday lights, ensure you have a handy outlet near there.   Make these a dedicated circuit so you can turn them all on or off at once.

Plan for future maintenance.   A wise practice for everyone building a new house is to take pictures of the wiring and switches in each wall.   Just before the sheet rock goes in, go from room to room and take the photos.   You’ll be glad you have those images handy when you need work done in the wall.   The images will help any electrician “find” the wires and any other trades-person to avoid damages the wires.

If you need any kind of electrical advice about new construction or remodeling, contact us.  We are glad to give expert advice and help you avoid making costly mistakes.   After 40+ years in this business, we’ve seen thousands of situations like yours, and we will be happy to help.





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  • Planning is the key, great article! Thanks for taking the time to write such a quality article.

  • Jeffrey Lee says:

    Nice ideas Thank You

  • Great idea on considering on planning about electrical! Let us know if you want some advise from an expert’s perspective. It’s better to ask professionals in certain field of expertise just to be sure, right?

  • Edward Welch says:

    Nice post. It is very informative post. I know very important things over here. This is a perfect blog for everyone who wants to know about electrical tips building a new house. Keep posting and keep sharing like this.

  • Kate Welling says:

    I am happy I read your post about wiring a new house. It was interesting how you said that we should plan for holiday decorations. It would be nice to have an in-ground outlet, as you mentioned. My husband and I want to build our own house, but have no idea where to start with the electrical work! Hiring an electrician to help us is probably the best bet.

  • Hudson says:

    Wonderful post! Maintaining electrical safety at home or workplace is very important to ignore fire accidents. Information stated in points with headings is easy to read and understand. Keep sharing!

  • Bob says:

    I like your tip about adding motion-activated stairway lights. This would probably be good for safety as well as energy saving. I’ll have to consider your tips if I ever build my own home.

  • I’ve been wanting to have a modern house built this year, which is why I’m currenlty looking for a construction service that may do the job successfully. I agree with you that it would be best to install motion-activated security lights in my home. You also have a point about the importance of having overhead lighting instead.

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