Buying A New Home? Avoid Electrical Pitfalls Through These Tips
When buying a new home, you should make sure you’re getting a good deal. While most buyers pay attention to interior designing and plumbing fixtures, electrical systems often get ignored.
This can be risky, especially if you’re buying an old property. You may end up investing a whole lot of money on electrical insulations and rewiring if you’re not careful.
Aesthetic appearance can be deceiving, and that’s why it should never be on your priority list. Here are some tips to help prevent a bad purchase!
Hire an electrician for inspection
Home inspectors can point out a few electrical problems, but consulting with an electrician is even better.
We are trained to have an eye for potential wiring and other issues. We can easily catch problems with the electrical system which a home inspector might not be able to look into.
It’s important that you be present on the site so that potential issues can be discussed then and there.
It will give you a good idea of the costs of renovations and rewiring, if needed.
All electrical items must be checked
Wires, boxes, conduits, all must be securely fixed and have no physical signs of deterioration. There must be a ground rod or another approved means for grounding at the property.
The minimum residential service size acceptable in most municipalities is 120–240 volts and 100 amp. Service of 120 to 208-volt is also common.
Electrical panels must be properly equipped
The circuit breaker must have the main disconnect. In some older homes, the circuit breaker has a multi-throw disconnect instead of a main disconnect.
Since most municipalities don’t allow this type of disconnect any more, you will need to get it replaced.
Also, panels should be clean and tidy. Each breaker should only supply a single wire and must be clearly labeled. All breakers must be tested to ensure they’re in working condition. Certain brands have some well-known issues, so you’ll to get them replaced.
Type of electrical wiring
Residential properties must be wires with copper conductors. However, aluminum was commonly used until a few decades earlier. The latter can be dangerous and cause several problems.
Similarly, knob and tube wiring is troublesome and must be replaced. Consult an electrician before purchasing a house that has aluminum or K&T wiring.
The bottom line
Be thorough and instinctive when purchasing your own place. It’s especially more important for the first-time buyers. If an electrical system is cluttered, messy or disorganized, it’s likely to cause problems later.
Consult our electrician to ensure you’re getting good value for your money. If you’re investing a lump sum in replacing the wiring or systems, you might want to reconsider the purchase.