Moving in to an old house...
We are looking to move into the upstairs of my fiancee's grandparents' house in April after our wedding. While doing the expected clean-up upstairs (in MN, in January, brrrr..) we discovered that the heater and vacuum plugged in and turned on in addition to the overhead lights overwhelmed the circuit. On another occasion, a radio plus the microwave in the kitchen downstairs did the same thing. We realize that this will be a problem as we have cell phones to charge, a laptop to use and other "new" appliances that didn't cause problems when the "kids" were growing up 40 years ago! What do we do?!! It would be absolutely terrible to have to abort our plan of living there as there are a number of reasons we're trying to make it work. Can we do whatever needs to be done ourselves?
Re: Moving in to an old house...
In all jurisdictions, that I know of, is a "homeowner" prevented from doing any work he (generic non sexual "he" and not necessarily singular) wants to do as long as it complies with local and state building codes, inspection requirements, and permits. This usually includes immediate family.
It sounds like you are dealing with an old electrical system, perhaps a 60 amp service and you will need to update to a 100 or 200 amp service.