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  • Writer's pictureLeila Souza

What to Check in an Electrical Inspection Before Buying a Home

Updated: Apr 11, 2021

An electrical inspection is a thorough checkup of the electrical installation of a house, apartment, or building. Inspecting your house electrical connections and wiring can dramatically reduce fire risk and prevent malfunctions that could lead to future costly repairs.

You should know as much as you can before committing to purchase a property. A licensed electrician is crucial to help you detect any faults within the property and make sure the electrical system is up-to-date and performing well.

With that in mind, we’ve selected a few things you should request your electrician to check before buying a new home. It will help you ensure that your new home is up-to-date with the Australian safety standards and ready for purchase.

Inspection of electrical components
Switches & Outlets Inspection

1. Check the Switches and Outlets

You should make sure that your electrician checks the switches and outlets to ensure they are in a good work order. The outlets should not have any cracks or physical defects, they should be grounded and have the proper tension.

Electrical wiring inspection
Check for Incorrect Electrical Wiring

2. Check for Incorrect Electrical Wiring

Quality wiring within the safety standards is vital for the protection of your electrical installation. A good exercise is to imagine the house wiring as our human veins, it should be in good shape, performing well and without any obstruction of electricity transportation.

Checking for incorrect electrical wiring helps spot electrical problems before they can cause damages. You can detect if the house has any exposed wires and loose wire connections at a light fixture, switch, or outlet.

Electrical Inspection of a Electrical Service Panel
Electrical Service Panel Inspection

3. Check the Electrical Service Panel

A service panel is the circuit breaker or fuse box in your home that distributes the branch circuits and has the ability to turn off the entire home's power. A poorly maintained service panel cannot withhold the power demand of our modern living, having your circuit inspected guarantees that you are buying a house with properly sized circuit breakers or fuse box correctly wired.

Solar Panels Test and Inspection
Solar Panels Test and Inspection

4. Solar Panels Test & Inspection

Solar panels can last up to 25-30 years. However, over its lifetime, panels can slowly degrade. Specially low-quality systems installed by dodgy solar companies, those are more susceptible to damage and quick degradation over time.

Before committing to buy a home with solar panels, It's important to request a full solar panels test and inspection from a licensed solar electrician. They will ensure that your solar panels are performing at its full capacity and are fire risk-free.

There you have, a few electrical components you must ask your electrician to inspect before buying a new home.

This article was last updated on 30/10/2020.



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