New Homeowner Electrical Questions

Searching for a new home can be exciting. After countless open houses and tours, homebuyers are often eager to make an offer on the first property that fits their criteria. An offer usually hinges on the results of a property inspection. While it’s definitely important to consider the bones of the home, it’s also a good idea to have an electrician perform their own in-depth analysis of the property.

An electrical inspection can ensure that the home’s electrical system is set up safely and handle the load of your appliances. Such an inspection can help you avoid future issues and sidestep the purchase of a home with electrical problems. An electrical inspector will check everything thoroughly, but knowing what to be on the watch for can help you make the most informed purchase possible.

Here are a few important questions to ask before buying a new home:

How is the Home Wired?

When looking at older properties, be sure to check which wiring method is used within the home. Knob-and-tube wiring was frequently used at the turn of the century, while aluminum wire was common starting in the 1960s and 70s. These wiring methods are no longer considered standard, as copper conductors have taken their place.

What is the Size of the Electrical Panel?

Most properties require an electrical service of at least 100 amps. This is also the mandatory minimum required by the National Electrical Code, or NEC. Older properties often have 60 amps electrical panels, which may warrant an upgrade.

Are Bathroom, Kitchen, and Exterior Outlets GFCI Protected?

It’s important that your home’s electrical system is as safe as possible. Ground fault circuit interrupter – also known as GFCI – devices should be present in all properties. They monitor the flow of electricity in a circuit. They immediately cut the flow of electricity if they detect interruption in the current. GFCI interrupters act fast to save you from lethal electrocution accidents. You don’t want to buy a home without GFCI protection!

These questions are great places for homebuyers to start, but if you need additional guidance on a property’s electrical system, don’t hesitate to contact Jason H. Pope Contractors for further insight!

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