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, run the faucets and check the windows. 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, not to 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 the required electrical code. Our residential electricians are highly skilled and work with you to find solutions to the problems that can exist in a beautiful century home.
Our residential electricians take great care in installing complex lighting fixtures to ensure the outcome is problem free and aesthetically gratifying. This beautiful chandelier had 132 crystal string that were separately installed 19 feet up. Our team takes pride in what your project looks like even when it is behind your wall. Why? Well, we believe that integrity is an important part of
providing electrical services to our community. We believe that clean lines and well thought out plans are key in safety and troubleshooting issues. If you know how something looks behind your walls, you will be better equipped to plan out renovations in the future. When hiring contractors, they can easily find and follow the electrical line to make sure that no power lines are ever accidentally damaged. Did you know if an electrical wire is cut or punctured, an entire new wire must be pulled from the electrical panel to the fixture or device? This can be a costly mistake that no one wants to increase their budget for. So, rest assure, when you contract Promax Electric Ltd., your safety and best interest are well taken care of.
- Floor receptacles
- Roof heat cables
- New electrical panel
- Over the range microwave install
- Pot lights and accent lighting
- Pools, hot tubs and saunas
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 will however, know if there are potential electrical hazards and recommend hiring a residential electrician to fix the issues prior to going ahead with any realtors contract. Its important to know that an electrical contractor will go in depth, during their inspection, to ensure the function and safety of your electrical system is in tact. They then can offer an estimate on the cost to repair the hazards and give you buying power before purchasing your new home.
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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