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Why You Should Do an Electrical Inspection Before Buying a Home

Why You Should Do an Electrical Inspection Before Buying a Home

If you are buying a home, it is likely that you are going to have some sort of structural survey carried out. Most lenders will not provide you with a mortgage without one. However, this is not the only type of inspection you are encouraged to have done. Having a qualified electrician look at the building’s electrical structure could save you a lot of money in the long run.

Here are the reasons why:

Reduce the need for future electrical repair

Most people do not have an electrical inspection regularly. In fact, there are probably some homeowners who have never had one carried out at all. This means that small problems get overlooked. These small problems can eventually become big problems. Calling in an electrician to have a look at the electrical system will mean that you can spot the smaller problems. They can be rectified long before they become a huge issue.

Once you purchase your home, you should ensure that you have an electrical service carried out every so often. It will save you a lot of money in the long term.

Ensure the electrical system is safe

Many homes are old, and they may never have had an electrical wiring inspection carried out since it was initially wired.

If the electrical wiring in a house is not up to the latest standard, then there is a potential safety issue. Eventually, old electrics will blow. They may take out a few appliances with them, but that is not the worst-case scenario. Many fires are started by faulty electrical wiring.

It isn’t just the fire issue that somebody needs to be aware of. Wall sockets that are not firm against the wall, poorly grounded wires, and fuse boxes which don’t work properly are all potential safety issues. This is something that needs to be rectified sooner rather than later.

Save money on the property

When you have an electrical inspection carried out, the ball is pretty much going to be in the court of the current homeowner. At some stage they may want to sell their home. If the electrics are poor, then you may be able to negotiate a better price for the property. If not, then you may be able to encourage the current homeowner to have some of the work carried out in lieu of a property price reduction.

In some cases, the electrical inspection will highlight issues that are so extensive that you may want to avoid purchasing the property altogether. You should never purchase a home that has serious safety issues with it; unless you are willing to spend thousands on electrical repair to bring the building up to code.

Work with a professional

There are guides online about carrying out the electrical inspection yourself. Do not do this. Always hire a professional. It is safer, and they will be able to spot issues for you. If there are problems, it will be much easier to negotiate a reduction on the property price if the issues have been spotted by an expert electrician too. Don’t worry, we are here to help you. Quick Spark electricians are fully licensed and qualified to handle any type of electrical job. Just give us a call on 1300 265 751.

Matthew Gladman

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