When buying a home, it is important to know that as the buyer you are responsible for checking and identifying defects of any type before closing. Typically, the buyer will engage the services of a professional home inspector to help identify and analyze any potential problems. As part of this process, ensuring that your potential new home meets the required electrical standards is primary to the pre-purchase process. You want to ensure that the electrical circuit and panel is sufficient to handle the needs of an entire home. With that said, an electrical inspection is a must for home buyers.
At Gervais Electric, Inc. our highly skilled and trained technicians and electricians are on hand to provide you with all your electrical needs. Since electrical wires have a pre-determined safe life span, it is important to ensure the overall health and safety of a home’s electrical system. Electrical components such as wiring, switches, boards and buttons tend to wear out over the long term, which is why an electrical inspection, especially in older homes, is so critical. Statistics tell us that there are greater than 50,000 plus electrical home fires every year here in the United States that cause loss to not only property but to lives as well.
Important Steps to Take
When setting out to purchase a home, make sure that you thoroughly inspect the entire home, especially if it is an older home. The older the home is, the more worn out and weaker its electrical system would be for all our modern day living needs. A professional electrical inspection of your home should include:
- Checking that all wires are well grounded and that they are not worn
- Ensuring the quality of the home’s original electrical wiring
- Making certain that the electrical panel can accommodate the needs of a modern home
- Confirming that all is installed per the electrical standards and codes
In addition to the above, it is very important to check all electrical outlets, switches and lighting fixtures in the home. If you happen to notice that the fixtures have working bulbs but that they consistently flicker, then there may be something wrong with the wiring of the panel board. Be sure to check lighting in the basement, garage, staircases, closets, and even in outdoor gardening areas. All these areas need to be properly functioning at all times.
Why You Need a Home Inspection
In many cases, previous homeowners fail to give appropriate attention to the electrical system and components in a home. Not necessarily because they are negligent, but rather because the electrical system is somewhat out of view and can be easily overlooked or forgotten. A professional electrical inspection will help to identify any problems in advance of your purchase. This is where the professionals at Gervais Electric come in. Our certified and licensed electricians have all the experience, knowledge and know-how needed to perform pre-purchase inspections. In addition, we also provide our clients with 24-hour emergency services should they ever find themselves in need of electrical help at an odd hour of the day. We work within timelines that are accommodating to your needs and offer prices that are every bit as practical as they are affordable.
If you are in need of an electrical inspection or require any other type of electrical services or repairs, then you have come to the right place. Give a shout out today to our professionals and schedule your service appointment.