Setting Out to Purchase a Home of Old – What to Know?

November 21, 2017 | no responses | 24

The elegance of that 19th century Victorian house has endeared to you. You want to buy it. That home of old is soon going to be your new home.

But wait, before you proceed towards finalizing the deal, there is something that you should know; you should know the many aspects of its home wiring.

For the homes of old, we are specifically talking about the homes that were built before 1970 — had home wiring networks that were designed in accordance to the electrical requirements, deemed adequate for the people living in that time.

Today, everything has changed.

And with these changes, so have our electricity consumption needs.

Electrical Capacity Design Requirements: Back Then It Was 60 Amps

The homes of old did not have television sets, computers, laptops, electrical geysers, dishwashers and many of the other home appliances that we now use in our daily lives. Consequently, the electrical capacity design requirements were also lower – 60 amps to be precise.

The revised building codes now require homes to be designed to serve a minimum electrical capacity of 100 amps.

What difference it makes?

You cannot run modern-day home appliances on 60 amps electrical networks; you would be overloading the circuits.

Wire Insulation System: Back Then It Was All Asbestos, Clothing, Metal…

Home wirings of old were insulated with asbestos, metal, plastic, rubber and sometimes even clothing. These insulation materials were not durable enough.

Why could this be a problem?

You could be investing in a home which carries high fire risk. Asbestos is even associated with carrying severe health risks.

Electrical Outlets: Back Then Homes Only Had Few

We have already seen how homes of old varied in electrical capacity design requirements and in their patterns of power consumption. Attributable to this variation, they were also designed with few electrical outlets.

Why could this be a problem?

Few electrical outlets mean that you will have to use extension cords to plug your home appliances. And we all know extension cords are not the best alternative — in terms of safety and reliability — when it comes to running home appliances over a long duration. They can serve as temporary fix, but not as permanent fix.

So, if the home that you are buying had its electrical distribution system NOT been rewired as per the modern load requirements, you could possibly end up regretting your decision in future.

Therefore, it’s important that you conduct an electrical inspection of the home that you are interested in buying before finalizing the deal. In this regard, our electricians in Gainesville, FL can help and guide you so that you can make an informed decision.  You can call us at 352-222-2434 or simply email us at for more details.

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