There are many things you need to check when inspecting a new home, from the structural integrity to the pest situation. However, one crucial element is the home’s electricals, which should be carried out by a professional to make sure the house meets modern standards and government regulations.
Any faults found within a property can be costly to repair after the house has been bought, so it’s in your best interest to perform an inspection first. Usually finding electrical problems will enable you to negotiate a lower price, but sometimes an electrical and building inspection can be included in the pre-purchase price of a property, so make sure you communicate with the agent on terms that are suitable.
From making sure wiring is grounded, to ensuring the safety of outlets here are 6 reasons why you should request an electrical inspection before buying a new home.
A Building Inspection Does Not Always Cover Electrical’s
A building inspection usually covers things like plumbing, heating, foundations, structure examination and fire safety, however, the NSW Government’s building inspection guide states that a standard building inspection may or may not include testing of wiring or smoke alarms, two components that a crucial to a home’s safety.
It is important to request an electrical inspection before buying a new home to make sure that all components are functional to the best of their ability and do not pose a potential hazard to you or your family.
Outlets Need to be Tested
Electrical outlets need to be tested to make sure that they are properly grounded so that they are not hazardous when appliances are plugged in. Any physical defects, such as cracks or loose screws could mean that there is not enough tension to hold the cord whilst plugged in. Kitchen outlets may require extra testing as they regularly supply power to a large number of appliances.
Electrical Wiring Has a Lifespan
Like everything, electrical wiring has a lifespan, and wiring towards the end of its life isn’t going to perform as well as newer wiring. Wires can lose their grounding over time and in old homes with old circuits a grounding wire may even be non existent, so it’s essential for an electrician to test the wiring and circuit of any new home you may be considering.
Examining the Power Box
A home’s power box or service panel is the centrepiece of the entire electrical system, so it’s crucial that it is thoroughly tested. It’s also important to make sure that the power box can stand up for time to come, as any faults can be a big fix. A new home should have an electrical circuit that can supply the house well into the future and a big part of this is making sure that the service panel is up to date and can handle expansions on the circuit to meet the demands of new technology.
You’re Looking at an Old House
If you are looking to buy an older house an electrical inspection is especially important. All areas mentioned must be checked more thoroughly to make sure that the original circuits have not degraded and can accommodate the demands of modern living.
If you have any questions about the electronics of a new home or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con and electrical services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.