Have you had an electrical inspection? The process consists of a short visit from a qualified electrician who provides a comprehensive review of the electrical connections and wiring in your home. These inspections are very important as they ensure your house meets code requirements, while also flagging any safety risks.
There are many reasons why your home may be in need of an electrical inspection, but we’ve compiled a list of the most common culprits.
Most common reasons for an electrical inspection
- You live in an older or century home
- You’re buying or selling a home
- Your home is being remodeled
- You’ve witnessed alarming signs
- Increased energy costs
You live in an older or century home
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that an older or century home would require an electrical inspection. New homes are considered safer and generally require an electrical inspection after 10 years. Older homes, on the other hand, are at increased risk for electrical issues. Wiring can deteriorate. Your electrical system might be incompatible with today’s technologies. And your safety is at increased risk.
A good rule of thumb is to contact a licensed electrician for an inspection every three years if you live in an older home.
You’re buying or selling a home
It is very important to schedule an electrical inspection prior to purchasing a new home. Hazardous electrical conditions can be extremely costly to fix, but an electrical inspection will warn you of any dangers before you actually sign off on purchasing a new home.
If you’re selling, an electrical inspection is also useful as it ensures transparency with buyers, but also provides you the opportunity to increase the value of your property through upgrades.
Your home is being remodeled
Regardless of the specific remodelling you’ve done on your home, you should still schedule an electrical inspection once the work is completed. Many home upgrades come with electrical additions, which means your electrical risk has grown.
A qualified electrician will let you know if the remodelling was done safely from an electrical perspective, while also suggesting possible updates to ensure safety and functionality.
You’ve witnessed alarming signs
Whether your electrical sockets are alarmingly warm, there’s a burning smell in your home, or you keep hearing odd sounds— these are all telling signs that your electrical system isn’t operating properly.
It is important to contact an electrician immediately upon discovering any alarming signs. Hot-to-the-touch sockets, burning smells, and unusual sounds are all indications of a safety risk.
Increased energy costs
If your energy bills have spiked dramatically, this is cause for concern. Scheduling an electrical inspection will help you determine if your electrical unit is inefficient and resulting in higher bills.
It’s even more vital to understand if your electrical system is costing you more money than necessary if you live in an older home. A simple electrical wiring upgrade can result in significant savings each month.
An electrical inspection is a no-brainer when it comes to increased savings, safety, and the overall functionality of your home. These comprehensive inspections will determine where your electrical system is lacking, which upgrades are needed, and whether your house is at risk for safety issues.
AJ’s Electrical are experts in all things electrical. With 60 years of combined experience, our team of qualified electricians have what it takes to ensure safety, functionality, and efficiency in your home.