Updated: Jun 16
Buying a new home can be an exciting time, and it is important to consider all of the potential risks before investing all of your money in real estate.
First and foremost, you must have a home inspection done. This will not only help you to understand what needs to be repaired, but it might also help save you thousands of dollars.
There are many issues that you can also look for yourself when you’re viewing homes, such as:
Outlet plugs are not three-prong. A three-prong plug is one that is grounded and helps to prevent electrical shock. In some instances, if you are buying a home that is older than 50 years old - the home may have a two-wire outlet system.
Outlets are painted. This could be dangerous because the paint in the electrical outlet can cause the outlet to overheat and not work correctly.
Knob and tube wiring. This type of wiring is hazardous and offers no protection to the home. This type of wiring can be found in homes from the early 1900s. If you see this type of wiring in the home you are viewing, you should be aware that all of the electrical will need to be completely updated to be considered safe (and possibly to get home insurance!)
Outlets in the kitchen and bathroom are not GFCI. However, GFCI outlets near water sources are essential to reduce the risk of shock if they become wet.
The electrical panel isn’t 100 amp. This will mean that your panel will struggle to control power surges and provide adequate power to your electronics and appliances.
The panel is a mess. This suggests that the electrical work done in the home is not up to code. Additionally, the work was likely not completed by a qualified electrician with approved permits.
These critical potential hazards are things that the average homeowner can see during their initial viewing of the home they are interested in.
To minimize the risk of electrical surprises down the road, a full electrical inspection can accompany your home inspection! This allows new homeowners to rest easier knowing that their family’s (and their investment) electrical system is safe!
If you or your home inspector discover any of the above issues, Kite Electric can help! Give us a call, and we can complete a full home inspection for you!
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