It is an exciting time in your life. You have found your ideal home and your offer has been accepted.
But perhaps all is not as perfect as it seems.
A large proportion of home buyers do not see the need for an Electrical Inspection on a property they are considering buying and many others believe it is part of the survey carried out on the home.
This is not the case.
Additionally, the sellers do not need to provide an electrical safety certificate to sell a house.
The only certification they are required to provide is a Part P Building Regulation Certificate if they have made any additions to the electrical installation of the property since 2005.
A buyer’s assumption that all properties on the market have a safe electrical installation is simply not true.
Therefore, the only way you can be 100% sure that the electrics in your new home is safe before you buy it is to have an Electrical Inspection report carried out by a professional and licenced electrician.
Without it, you really have no guarantee that the electrical installation of your dream home is safe. It could be outdated, defective or worse, – potentially leaving you with a larger bill than if you had known of before buying the property.
What is an Electrical Inspection?
An Electrical Inspection is straightforward and with wiring which is 30 years old or younger will take approximately two to four hours.
For older wiring, there are likely to be more faults and therefore the inspection will take longer to complete.
Also as you would expect, a one-bedroom property will be quicker to complete than a five-bedroomed property.
The electricians will be looking for any overloaded circuits or equipment, potential electric shock risks, defective electrical works and identify if there are any earthing or bonding issues.
With all of these things in mind, you may be wondering what are the electrical pointers you need to check when buying a new home. Grab a notepad because we will be sharing a few tips that you need to take note of.
First of all, you need to hire a professional electrician to inspect the electrical system of the entire property. This is very important, especially if the property is more than 40 years old, has added new appliances and has undergone a major renovation. Always remember that safety is your number one priority so make sure that you will only be working with licenced electricians.
The cost of these inspections will depend on the contractor you are working with and the size of the property that the electrician will be working with. As to what aspects of the property should be carefully inspected, here are a few important pointers you can check out.
- Electrical wiring. The overall success of an electrical installation lies on the good integrity of the wires. To keep the property safe and secure, regular inspection of the electrical wiring must be done in order to prevent any problems, identify minor problems or prevent them from becoming worse. For instance, it is only through regular inspection that you will notice installations with exposed wires or loose connections near light fixtures, switches or outlets.
- The electrical circuit breaker. This is otherwise known as the electrical service panel or fuse box. This panel is capable of distributing electrical circuits throughout the property. It is also capable of cutting the electrical supply to a specific part of the property or to the entire property itself. An outdated or poorly maintained electrical circuit breaker is not capable of withstanding the electrical demands of modern life, so it is better to talk to your electrician about updating it before moving to your new home.
- Electrical switches and outlets. The licenced electrician should thoroughly check all electrical switches and outlets within the property. All of them must be in good working condition. For instance, the electrical outlets must not contain any physical defects, must have the proper tension and must be grounded.
- Light appliances and components. Just like the electrical switches and outlets, all light appliances and components must be carefully examined too. All ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted light fixtures must be securely put into place. All light bulbs should be examined for damages and proper wattage. In some cases, the previous owner of the property may have installed a light bulb to the light fixture with the incorrect wattage. Whenever this happens, there will be a high chance of overheating or burning of highly flammable materials that are closeby, like a curtain, newspaper or lampshade.
More than often, electricians find a defect or two during the inspection. If you are curious as to what kind of electrical issues are common in domestic properties, here are just some of them:
- Aluminium wiring
- Double tapped circuit breakers
- Exposed splices and wiring
- Incorrectly modified electrical panels
- Knob-and-tube wiring
- Lost knockouts in electrical panels
- More than one neutral wire in an electrical panel slot
- Outlets that are painted
- Reversed polarity
- Ungrounded outlets and plugs
It is best to identify any problems before you and your family move into the new house, rather than have the electrics break down while you are already living on it, or worse, experience an electrical fire break out due to faulty wiring.
It is simply not worth the risk!
Think about you and your loved ones. You and your family deserve to sleep soundly at night, knowing that everything is safe and secure.
So if you are ready to move to your new dream home, do not delay. Complete our contact form or call us on 01793 238806 today. We will be more than happy to speak to you about electrical inspection and everything you need to know about it.
Allow us to check your dream home and make sure that it is not hiding any potentially disastrous surprises. Allow us to provide you with the peace of mind that you truly deserve!