Buying a new Home?
Most of us get caught up in the look or feeling of a new potential home. But what about the insides, the stuff hiding behind the walls?
We flick the light switches and and the lights come on. We love the new chandelier hanging in the dining room and are taken in by the charm of a 100 year old home. Before we know it, we put in an offer to not lose the house of our dreams. But what if I told you that getting an electrical inspection before purchasing can dramatically affect the selling price? For example, if you find the house is filled with knob and tube, the cost of the inspection would pale in comparison to the cost of removing the knob and tube and reinstalling new wiring all together. Or, what if shoddy DIY work is found in the attic? Sometimes these weekend warriors go to great lengths to fool the home inspector, like the time one of our electricians found that every connection appeared to have “up to date” wiring, but with further inspection found that 12” into the wall every device was dangerously connected to the old knob and tube system. There are many stories like this, but the good news is that, finding this information out prior to you making an offer can give you the chance to recoup some if not all of the cost to bring your home up to code.
Is a Home Inspection the same as an Electrical Inspection?
No, it is not the same as an electrical inspection. A home inspector has a lot of ground to cover and reports on the general safety of the home. They most often do not check to see if the panel is properly wired or the devices properly installed. An electrical contractor will go in depth to ensure the function and safety of your electrical system is in tact, and can offer an estimate on the cost to repair any issues.
What can I do to ensure the safety of my family?
When you purchase an older home we recommend changing out all devices. Receptacles (sometimes referred to as outlets or plug) switched and light fixtures. Old wire can become frail or connections can become loose or corroded. These issues can be avoided by switching them out when you move in so that you know exactly how old they are.
My Home is New, I don't need to check for old issues!
Your absolutely right. If you are the first owner of a brand new house, you can rest assure that your home has had an electrical inspection. This is standard, and thankfully part of Alberta's Safety Codes Act. But, if your home is "newer" and has had a few owners or has been a rental property, make sure to hire a master electrician to find out if any of the previous owners made updates incorrectly. Most of the time these inspections are fairly quick, giving you a low cost for a higher sense of security.
At Promax Electric Ltd. We always have a master electrician preform inspections, so that you know you are being taken care of by the highest industry standard available.
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Our master electrician approves all electrical installation and service work which includes; circuit breaker panel wiring, ballast changes, general maintenance jobs, grounding wire installation and more. If you've recently purchased a home theatre system, need assistance installing smoke detectors, pools, hot tubs and floor receptacles, we are more than happy to lend a hand. We also install lighting fixtures and pot lights for every room in your home or business. Even if your electrical system and associated devices are working properly, periodic maintenance ensures they remain that way. Additionally, electrical inspections help to uncover and correct potential issues before they leave you in the dark. Get connected to our electrical services today by contacting us for a free estimate, and let us show you why we should be your electrician in Lethbridge.
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