What is a Pre-Purchase Electrical Inspection?

What is a Pre-Purchase Electrical Inspection?


 


Many Australians, when choosing to purchase a house, prefer buying an old house to renovate and restore as it is an opportunity to return a run-down house to its former glory. This also significantly increases the value of your investment and creates a beautiful and modernized family home.

Before buying a property, it is essential that we carry out pre-purchase electrical inspections. Building and Pest Inspections are par for the course before committing to purchase a new home. However, not all home buyers think to get the electrics or plumbing checked. Given your home is your biggest asset, it makes sense to make sure any property you are considering buying is up to code.

Getting a pre-purchase electrical inspection will ensure your home is safe and will help you to avoid any nasty shocks further down the track.

What Will Be Checked In A Pre Purchase Electrical Inspection?

Even if you are purchasing a brand new home, there is no way of knowing who installed the electrics and if they are up to code. It is a common misconception that nothing ever goes wrong in a brand new home!

A pre-purchase electrical inspection is the only way you can identify any faults or electrical hazards that could be very expensive to fix after purchase. If any issues are detected, you may be able to negotiate a lower purchase price to cover the costs of the repairs.

What Will Be Checked In An Electrical Inspection?

A thorough pre-purchase electrical inspection should include all the wiring in your home or business as well as all other electrical components including smoke alarms.

Other tasks that might be performed include:
• Looking for outdated wiring
• Checking for evidence of any DIY wiring
• Testing power points and lighting
• Looking for exposed wires
• Safety switch testing
• Checking whether the electrical switchboard needs upgrading
• Smoke Alarm testing
• Identifying any electrical hazards.

A thorough report with recommendations will then be provided.

Conclusion

If you plan to buy a home for your family, you want to be sure that the home is safe and ready for you to live in. And there's nothing better than having a pre-purchase building inspection as it will reveal any areas of the home that may not be safe, in particular, the presence of asbestos and other dangerous material, missing or loose balustrades and cracks in the walls.

Uncovering hazards will give you the opportunity to decide if you are willing to take on the cost of making the home safe.


As an electrical contractor, Allyn White Electrical does all kinds of industrial and commercial electrical installations and repairs as well as home electrical services and emergency electrical repairs. We are a small family-owned and run business with over 40+ years’ experience so please call us on 0416235641. We are here to help.


sources: cu2electrical.com.au, walkerselectricalsolutions.com.au

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