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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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  • This is some really good information about electrician. It does seem like it would be a good idea to have a safety plan. It seems like it would be a good idea to turn the electricity off before doing anything. I know that I wouldn’t want to do any electrical work myself because I don’t trust myself with something as dangerous as electrical work.

  • Noah Jones says:

    Great article. I really appreciate the points mentioned in the article. It is must to have a proper plan before construction. To do any electrical work, must hire an expert electrician.

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

  • Baxter Abel says:

    I had no idea that one should have such specific electric plans for their new residential property. I’ve never built a new house, but it makes sense that one should plan their electrical system in a way that meets the lifestyle needs. I’ll be contacting a residential electrician during the planning stages when I’m building a new home to get some advice about the electrical system!

  • Bruce says:

    Always Plan ahead.. Good point, Been lot of thinking this days about what to do in my house electricity.

  • These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to ask friends and family for recommendations when looking for an electrician. My husband and I just moved into an older home, and we want to do some renovations on the kitchen and dining room. The electrical work is pretty old, so we want to update that as well, so we’ll definitely look into asking around to see if anyone has a suggestion for a good electrician. Thanks for the great post!

  • Jeffrey Lee says:

    Nice ideas Thank You

  • Richard D. says:

    Than you for sharing! I definitely agree that planning is everything. That includes inspections and permits. Make sure to plan ahead and get those inspections scheduled and permit paperwork processing as soon as possible, because sometimes it can take a long time to get the permits you need, and the inspectors may have along list of other properties to inspect.

  • Than you for sharing! I unquestionably concur that arranging is everything. That incorporates examinations and grants. Make a point to prepare and get those material which is used in renovation.

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