If you are in the market for a new home and you have found one that you are really interested in, you need to have the home inspected to make sure that there are no issues with the roofing, plumbing, foundation, etc., before making any final decisions. Often, people bring in a home inspector, who has general knowledge about homes and what to look for. But, many people do not realize that they should also bring along an experienced electrician.
Home inspectors are looking for general things, and do not usually get into in-depth electrical inspections. A certified electrician can do this, and will be able to look at all of the electrical connections throughout the home to make sure that there are no problems. Here are some of the things an electrician can do for you before you buy your new home.
Identify Immediate Problems
If there are visible electrical issues, these are obviously going to be problems that need to be taken care of right away. But, there may be other problems that are not so easily noticed. They will test the electrical panels and connections, and let you know if there are any immediate problems. The electrician will also give you an estimate of how much it will cost to fix any electrical problems in the home. Common problems that the electrician will be looking for include:
Another immediate problem that the electrician will be looking for is outdated wiring if you are buying an older home. For instance, if there is a knob and tube electrical system instead of a modern circuit breaker, the electrician will inform you that this must be updated in order to lower the risk of electrical issues and fires.
Identify Future Problems
It may be that there are minor electrical problems that are not an immediate hazard, but could pose problems later on down the road. For instance, there may be a small problem with a circuit. It may not seem like much now, but it could end up being dangerous later on, and cost a lot of money to fix the issue. The electrician will look for any future hazards, and give recommendations about whether they need to be repaired now, or if they can wait without becoming a huge problem later on.
For more information, contact a company like GG Pumps & Electrical Pty Ltd.
Jonathon here. I am currently completing my electrical apprenticeship and I have to say, it has been a challenge. Before I started, I didn’t realise that there was so much involved in wiring a house or building. Safety, efficiency, aesthetics and costs all have to be taken into account. My boss is so patient. One customer asked us to leave electrical wires exposed because he wanted an “industrial effect”. My boss explained that it would be illegal and they compromised. I have really learnt that electrical installation is one area in which people should not take short-cuts or undertake home handiwork. This blog should help you to gain a little more insight into electrical installation and its intricacies. I hope you find it enlightening. Thank you for stumbling into my corner of the blogosphere.