I have remodeled much of my family home due to it being in an atrocious condition. When I first undertook the project, the house still had the kind of fuses that screwed in to the fuse box, if you ran a kettle and microwave at the same time the fuse would blow. So one of the first tasks undertaken was to have the electrical system upgraded.
We had a new 200 Amp panel installed at the back of the house. At the same time we had the house completely rewired and brought up to code. GFCI outlets were installed in the bathroom and kitchen. New outlets were installed throughout the house (there is now at least one outlet every 20′ or so). The wiring of the house was also completely redone, so it was all brand new.
Due to the extent of work being done to the wiring, at the same time we had recessed lights installed in all the rooms throughout the house. The work was being done in conjunction with other work, and as the electrical contractor we hired was doing primarily commercial work, it turned out that our work was done when they were not working commercial jobs. As a result it took quite a while to get completed, however I will say that contractors who have worked on the house since have commented what a good wiring job we had done.
Ever since the wiring was completed, we have not had a single issue with power (apart from issues not related to our house). Each room has been wired to be on it’s own circuit in the box and it has worked flawlessly. No matter what is on at the same time, there is never any sign of load of power problems. Compared to what existed before, the difference is phenomenal.
It was a long, frustrating drawn out process at times. But the end result is worth it, especially with having recessed lighting added at the same time. While they were doing the work, they also added new phone lines and outlets in several rooms for internet (ethernet) and cable so TV and internet access can be easily done without having to run unsightly wires everywhere.
The house needed a great deal of work, so thankfully the time taken for the electrical to be completed was not that detrimental. Had it been otherwise, I think it would have been a lot more frustrating. The electricians were not the most careful when making holes they needed in walls, which again would have been a lot more of an issue had we not been doing a lot of other work at the same time (new doors, windows, wall removed, kitchen counters and bathroom remodeled to name a few).
A lot of energy goes into a remodel with a lot of frustration and delays and issues. I’m glad we did it, but I don’t think it’s a task I’d want to go through again.