When you own and rent out a single-family home, you can put a lot of time and effort into the upgrades that you make because they will greatly impact your investment income. However, if you own a multi-family building, making changes to a single unit will not have a substantial impact on your monthly earnings. This makes it worthwhile to hire an electrician to upgrade all the units.
The first thing that you can have an electrical contractor work on is adding dimming capabilities. If you do not want to invest in dimming for every room, you can stick to the living room and bedrooms. This will make it easy for your tenants to create the right atmosphere depending on the situation. For instance, some people like to wind down in the evening with the lights dimmed.
Without this feature, they would be required to use table or floor lamps in hopes of achieving balanced lighting. Dimming is a luxury that will help you increase each unit's rental value.
Installing recessed lighting in a multi-family building is helpful for minimizing maintenance. These lights will not get as dusty as standard ceiling light fixtures. Also, you will find that it is easier to create well-distributed lighting throughout the entire unit compared to a central lighting fixture.
Although you may have an idea of how many electronics you might use in each room, you should do everything you can to provide numerous outlets for your tenants. Their life situation and circumstances may lead to different electronic needs than you can imagine on your own. A great thing about having extensive outlets is that you will reduce the chance of electrical overload.
For instance, hooking up a computer, monitor, and speakers to one outlet is not excessive. But, trying to add a second desktop computer can come with major power demands. Being able to split up the power by using two outlets close to one another keeps this from becoming an issue.
While a ceiling fan is not a fancy addition, you should not underestimate the fact that adding one can improve each unit, especially in a room where air circulation is beneficial. The dining room may not need that much airflow because your tenants will spend minimal time in the room.
The bedrooms and living rooms are often occupied for several hours per day, which means a ceiling fan is more likely to be used and benefited from when installed in these places.
If you want to improve your multi-family building, you will benefit from hiring an electrician.