Do I Need an Electrical Inspection for my New Home?

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Buying a new home can be both very exciting and very stressful at the same time. It is a great feeling to move into a house you can call your own, but that great feeling can quickly turn into frustration and regret if you end up finding some serious issues in your home after you have purchased it. To prevent this from happening, many people turn to a house inspector to check for any glaring issues and inform them about what they would have to do about these issues if they end up buying the house. In fact, many real estate agents and companies will have a house inspection prearranged for their clients to ensure a possible buyer has peace of mind before they commit to a purchase. While this is an extremely good way to avoid any unpleasant surprises after you move into your home, you may want to consider supplementing the general house inspection with a thorough electrical inspection as well. Below you will find some examples of how an electrical inspection can keep you from making a poor purchase, and more importantly, how and electrical inspection can keep you and your loved ones safe in your own home.

Outlet Testing

A general house inspection will likely take a quick look at each electrical outlet in the house to ensure they are not damaged, loose or burnt. To truly ensure that the electrical outlets in the house are safe however, more will be required than a simple visual inspection. With a certified electrical inspection, you can have your outlets tested to ensure they are all safely grounded. Should an outlet that is not grounded be discovered, it is a good idea to have it changed immediately.

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Condition of the Electrical Panel

One of the major components of a house’s electrical system that will need to be thoroughly checked by a certified electrician during the electrical inspection is the service panel. This panel acts as the main hub for all electricity that enters the house, and it should be properly checked for any damaged wiring or connections that can potentially cause a fire in the future. A good electrician will also make sure to assess whether the panel is running safely at it’s normal power capacity. Sometimes a panel will have extra circuits that exceed the legal limit and will have to be corrected by a fully trained electrician if you decide to move in.

Household Wiring

Many people are already aware that certain types of electrical wiring in the home should be avoided. Old style knob and tube wiring, as well as aluminium wiring require special care. These types of wires can also become hot and can potentially lead to a fire if they are not properly dealt with.

For those looking to relocate to the Surrey, Langley and White Rock areas and anywhere in the Lower Mainland, you might want to give the electrical experts at BPM Electric a call and arrange a thorough electrical inspection for yourself. We are committed to ensuring our customers receive the best in terms of quality workmanship and customer care. To find out more, visit our website, or you can follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to receive the latest updates about new offers and upcoming promotions.

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