Top 5 Things New Home Buyers Need to Know About Electrical Safety Inspections

You have found the perfect home for your family.

The seller accepted your offer to buy. It’s one of the most exciting times in your life, and you’re all set to move in. 

If you take most people in this scenario, they do the paperwork, get their things, and move. Most of them don’t consider doing a home inspection, especially an electrical safety inspection. 

What is an electrical safety inspection? 

It is a thorough examination of the entire electrical system in a house. The inspection ensures that everything associated with electricity meets the legal safety standards. 

Electricians will look for exposed or uncovered wires and electrical hazards, analyze the power box, electrical panels, smoke alarms, and everything else. 

There are numerous reasons for arranging an electrical inspection. One main reason is when you’re looking to buy an old home. The wiring might not withstand modern-day living needs. Doing an electrical inspection will help you support your decision to buy an old house. 

Before you take any steps, make sure that you’re working with a licensed electrician because your family’s safety is your number one priority. 

Today I’m going to show why electrical home inspections are essential when moving to a home and five factors you need to know about an electrical safety inspection. 

1. The advantages of an Electrical Safety Inspection

Everyone has an option to do an inspection from a certified home inspector. They’ll check the flooring, walls, ceilings, attic, heating system, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical system, and so on. But they might not be able to spot everything since it’s not their emphasis. 

On the other hand, getting a licensed electrician to check out your new home’s whole electrical system will offer you nothing more than peace of mind. That’s the one core advantage. 

Suppose you’re looking to buy an old home. In that case, an electrical inspector will help you identify oversized fuses and breakers that could become a fire hazard. And ensure the safe functioning of electrical components in the home. You may also discover electrical wiring and components that may have degraded over time.

There might be mistakes made by previous contractors and DIY homeowners. A licensed electrician can help you identify them and take measures quickly. 

2. The elements of an Electrical Safety Inspection

  • Check if all light units, switches, and sockets are in excellent condition.
  • Check if there are Proper grouping and labeling inside the electric panel.
  • Check if the wires are in good condition without the sign of decay. 
  • Check all circuit breakers, including the residual current device (RCD), is working accurately.
  • Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors

Check the insulation of any electrical system near the wet moist location.

  • Add permanent socket to reduce the usage of extension cords.
  • Check the outdoor electrical systems. 

These are the most crucial electrical safety inspection methods. If you feel like checking anything specific, make sure to inform your electrician. 

3. An Electrical Inspection Helps to Identify Faulty Appliances At Home.

Most of us ignore this, but sometimes our appliances can be liable to electrical failures. It can be an internal fault of any device or caused by a human mistake. For instance, improper fitting of plugs into a socket, spilling liquid over the appliances, and so on.

The electrical inspection helps to identify those malfunctions and helps to take relevant action.  

4. Reveal any problems or defects in your grounding system

Suppose you’re planning to buy an old house or even a new home. In that case, a faulty grounding system can ruin your expensive appliances. It may be prone, a potential safety hazard to you. 

A faulty ground system can be recognized by small electric shocks when we touch metal-containing objects.

A proper electrical inspection will help you detect any grounding problems and take precautions. 

5. The time required to complete an electrical safety inspection? 

The time varies as, for example, you want to inspect your studio apartment rather than a 5 bedroom home. Typically it takes around 1 to 3 hours. If the property is old, there are likely to be more electrical faults. Which then results in more time. 

So here’s the conclusion…

Those were the top 5 things you need to know about an electric safety inspection. I want you to keep in mind that the buyers are accountable to do the inspection. Many first-time homebuyers are unaware of this responsibility. Suppose you are planning to purchase a house using a mortgage; in that case, your bank might put up a condition for an electrical safety inspection before the loan’s disbursement. 

In almost every home sale, the buyer bears the charge for getting the property inspected. 

Our experts at Artizan Electric are trained to perform a full home inspection even if the property is sold. We are a business with passion and desire to help people create their dream home. And we’re Pullman’s affordable certified electricians. 

Whether you’re planning to buy a new home or need to do an inspection for the current one, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be there for your service 24 hours a day. 

Call us today at (509) 339-9991 to do a full home inspection.