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How to Avoid Electrical Pitfalls When Buying a New Home


What do you look at when you’re buying a new home?


Many buyers examine a range of different factors, from the state of the garden, to how many bedrooms a property has. Yet, you’d be surprised how many people fail to evaluate one of the most important features of their new property – the electricity. The home electrical system is frequently overlooked during the home buying experience because people are more focused on how a home looks and feels.


Unfortunately, if you move into a new home and find that your wiring is faulty, or there’s something dangerous going on with your built-in appliances, then you’re going to have a lot of stress ahead of you. Here’s how you can avoid electrical issues when moving into your new home.

  1.     Get an Inspection


While most mortgage companies will ask you to get a home inspection before you buy a property, it’s important to remember that these basic evaluations don’t cover in-depth things like the structure of the property, or whether the electrical system works as it should. To save yourself from disaster, think about hiring an electrical inspector to come and look at the property on your behalf, before you sign on the dotted line. This can save you a lot of time and money in the long-term. Thankfully, we would be more than happy to help! Give us a call at 928-726-5671


If your electrical expert notices something that needs to be fixed, they can provide you with a quote on how much the work will cost, so you can either reduce the offer you make on the home or take that into account when you’re budgeting your expenses.

  1.     Check the Electrical Items


Two-thirds of homebuyers fail to check the electrical systems in a home before they place an offer on a property. When you’re busy dreaming about the color you’re going to paint the walls in your new bedroom, it can be easy to forget to switch the lights on to check they work properly or check to see whether appliances are using electricity as they should.


As you walk around the home, make sure that everything you touch works as you would expect it too. It may also be worth asking the seller whether you can see a copy of his or her electrical bill, so you can see how efficient the electrical system seems to be in your potential new home. While electricity prices can vary according to the neighborhood, particularly high costs could be a sign of trouble.

  1.     Ask Plenty of Questions


Unless you’re an electrical expert, you might not know much about what’s going on behind the scenes in your potential new home, but you can ask for a few details from your realtor. For instance, the kind of wiring that’s in the home can say a lot about how secure an electrical system is. You can also keep your eye out for electrical outlets that look loose or dangerous in any way.

Just as you wouldn’t use a moving company like our friends at Bellhops Moving Arizona without asking them some questions about their experience, don’t move into a house without asking as many questions as you can think of about the mechanics of their electrical system. Again, should you need further assistance do not hesitate to give us a call at 928-726-5671!