I have a 1950 era rowhouse, with 100 amps and fuses. New York City. I
haven't had any issues with the power and all the fuses are 15 amps.
There is on 240 volt circut for a large AC unit which is just two of
the 15 amps combined somehow.
Is there any need to upgrade the electric before selling the house?
I've had some people tell me that 200 amps and circuit breakers are
now required. I've hardly ever blown a fuse but can do so by running
the toaster oven at the same time as the microwave. Not always, but I
avoid doing that. In fact I replaced that fuse with a circuit breaker
dressed up as a fuse, which screws in but doesn't need to be replaced
if it pops.
There are two 100 amp fuses in the fuse box (big guys), so perhaps
there is already 200 amps coming in and just 100 are in use?
Quite likely cannot go over 125 or 150 amps anyway without expensive
feed upgrades. Aproxemately $10,000 to put 200 amp in mine (currently
100, underground service), so it will be getting a 125 breaker box in
On 03/04/2014 07:11 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Well, I guess that's the advantage to having unsightly out door wires.
If I'd up my present 100 amp service to 200 amps, the power company
would not even charge to run new wires to the house. (I'd of course have
to pay an electrician for the rest)
As a matter of fact, when I had a tree trimmed...we called the power
company and they took down the wires for us and put them back for not
I can attest to the "no charge" work that the power company will do.
Last winter a branch came down and ripped the wires off the side of my
house. It ripped the insulated connection point out of the wall and tore
some siding. The service wire was still attached at the first clip so I
never lost power or had an unsafe condition. Before I had a chance to
repair it, they replaced our power poles and moved mine about 3 feet,
taking up all the slack in the wires. Now there was no way for me to
reattach it to the house.
I called the power company and said that I needed my power shut off at the
pole so I could replace some siding and hook the wires back onto the house.
I also told them that the wires needed to be extended because of the moved
pole. Two guys showed up and the first thing they did was use a limb
trimmer like this to cut the wires (live) at the pole.
They looked up at the wires where they were hanging from the house and said
"Would it be easier for you to replace the siding if we cut the wires at
the house also?" I said "Sure!" Then as one guy climbed the ladder and cut
the wires about 2 feet from the house's connection box, the other guy
spliced about 4 feet of wire onto the ends that would be reattached at the
pole. The guy on the ladder screwed a new insulator onto my house above
where I needed to replace the siding, climbed down and said "Call us when
I replaced the ripped siding, washed the side of the house, replaced all
the rusted service wire clips, and lagged the connection box to the side of
the house. I called them back, they attached the wires at the pole and at
my house and wouldn't even accept a few bucks for coffee.
There was really no need for them to cut the wires at the house, they only
did it to get them out of my way while I worked on the siding. They
basically doubled their work just to be nice. I was a satisfied customer
and called their office the next day to let them know.
I forgot...One of the guys put a saw on the end of the trimmer after he
dropped the wires and trimmed a few branches also. I remember now because
he left the branches for me to clean up. Now I don't like them anymore. ;-)
mst homeowner insurance companies refuse to provide new insurance for homes with fuses, knob and tube wiring, bad or old roofs, unsafe sidewalks and a long list of other issues.
Just call state farm and random other companies and ask about fuses....
you need to know 90% of buyers wantt a move in ready home , fixer upers limit the mrket to 10% of al;l buyers. You will have to sell cheap:(
Anyone but State Farm. sheesh
I had them come out to inspect my house and give me a quote.
My roof is 20 years old and they would not sell me insurance.
It has a 25 year guarantee and does not leak but that was irrelevant.
They never even looked inside my house.
I could have had a new roof but had open cans of gasoline in the
basement and they would have sold me a policy.
I only had one large tree near the house but that was taken down a few
years ago. A friend of mine does that for a living so I hired him ...me
and another friend served as helpers.
One of the neighbors did not like all the noise and came over to
complain. I thought it very dumb of him to yell at men wielding chain
saws. I sent him home.
In my neighborhood a lot of the homes are simply gutted when sold and
the new owner puts in rooms and apartments. A house a few doors down
has 6 rooms on the first floor - and it's an 18' by 50' house just
like mine. I doesn't make sense to renovate when that is a
possibility. They are, of course, illegal but nobody seems to do
anything about it.
Most of the rooms for rent go to students going to the local college.
On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:31:39 AM UTC-5, dgk wrote:
Then I guess you have your answer on the need to upgrade in order
to sell the house.... If there is a good chance that the new owner
is going to gut or do major renovations, then I sure wouldn't spend money
on upgrading the electrical sysem. That kind of buyer would rather
have the house at a lower price instead of buying an upgraded electrical
system, at least part of which may have to be ripped out again anyhow.
On 3/5/2014 8:42 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Put it on the market and see what transpires before committing to
anything more than the bare-bones appearance stuff.
Haller notwithstanding his wont for spreading FUD is nothing moreand
unfortunately his only contribution to ahr...
And, of course, talk to a good local realtor to get input -- don't have
to sign up necessarily to interview one and get their appraisal of
market value and saleability with/without work; cosmetic and otherwise...
I work in an insurance office every morning - my youngest daughter is
assistant operations manager there.
The broker ( or agent) asks the questions when you apply for
insurance, and the answers are part of your insurance contract. If you
lie, the insurance contract is null and void, and if caught you not
only have no insurance, you can be charged with insurance fraud - and
GOOD LUCK getting anything close to affordable insurance in the
Up here in Canada (specifically Ontario) it's been a long time since
the insurance companies sent an inspector out to all applicants.
My insurance company sent out an inspector when I bought the house,
and has had somebody come by and photograph the property to establish
its condition twice since then. They notify me and send me a copy of
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