Three Electrical Components You Should Check in a Pre-Purchase Electrical Inspection

Updated: May 22, 2019

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 3 things you should request your electrician to check before buying a new home. It will help you make sure that your new home is up-to-date with the Australian safety standards and ready for purchase.

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.

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 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.

There you have, 3 electrical components you should ask your electrician to inspect before buying a new home.