Wired for convenience

Buying a home in a new development often holds the advantage that you can choose fittings, carpet and tiles, and even paint colours.

And while it is certainly an advantage to get a look that suits your lifestyle, says Martin Schultheiss, CEO of the giant Homenet estate agency group, it’s not the biggest one.

“In the excitement of choosing fittings and fixtures, buyers may overlook an even greater benefit – the choice of where the wiring goes. It is much easier to specify power points during construction than to have to chip away your chosen wall tiles to install additional connections later,” he says.

“And in our electronic age, there is a good case to be made to err on the side of too many rather than too few connections.”

He adds that buyers lucky enough to have a say in where the wiring goes should take stock of their needs and wants, and plan accordingly. “There is a welter of different permutations and lucky indeed are those who can customise their requirements.”

Issues that deserve consideration could include:

- Sufficient power points for kitchen and other electrical appliances such as vacuum cleaners, reading lamps, humidifiers and heaters;

- Additional power points for electronic equipment such as computers and home theatre systems;

- Television aerial connections and a multiple-outlet connection for satellite TV; and even

- Wiring for a security system, including movement sensors, panic buttons and closed-circuit door and gate cameras.

Schultheiss says such customised specifications may add to the purchase price and should be negotiated with the developer or his agent. “But in the end, it is likely to be a sound investment – and far cheaper than installing additional wiring once the house is built.

Article by: www.era.co.za