San Carlos Real Estate | What is Knob and Tube Wiring? Is it Safe?

Older homes may be your better value!
Older homes may be your better value!

Knob and tube wiring is an older style of wiring that due to its age, may no longer be safe. This is because over time insulation (especially the older insulation used with this type of wiring) dries our, becomes brittle, and cracks, thereby exposing hot wires.

You know that older homes are likely to require more maintenance the newer homes. Some older homes in San Carlos still have this older knob and tub wiring.

If you’re considering buying, understand that a full house rewiring is in your future and take this into account when negotiating on the price.

Vivienne Kelvin is your design to sell specialist, who includes free staging with every listing.

Any home you buy will have maintenance needs. Although a full rewiring may seem like a big one, it’s not really in as much as it’s possible to obtain a good estimate for the cost. Then it becomes a matter of cost, scheduling, and some inconvenience while the work is being done.

Compare the cost of the older house plus the cost of needed maintenance and upgrades against the cost of a newer house with far fewer maintenance needs, then ask the seller for appropriate pricing consideration.

This gives you more of an apples to apple comparison and makes it easier to know which is the better deal for you and your family.

Of course, your professional Realtor will help guide you through this comparison and decision process.

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