Things the Home Inspector Will Look for During the Electrical Inspection

A professional Home Inspector is responsible for visually checking the electrical system during the home inspection and safety is always the number one issue any Home Inspector will be inspecting for while doing the inspection. The Home Inspector will certainly have a basic understanding of the electrical system of a house, but they’re certainly not required to do a code inspection at the home.

There are numerous things that your Home Inspector examines in the inspection that will be outlined within the home inspection report which sometimes winds up in negotiations and might not really be fixed. Home Inspectors will certainly recommend that all the repairs be finished prior to the closing, and yet it often doesn’t happen this way.

All of the work performed regarding the electrical system of the property needs to be repaired using a qualified electrical contractor.

This is a list of the most common things we write up in Home Inspections:

  • Exposed or unprotected wires anywhere within the home; these are typically found in crawl spaces, attics and even basements and garages
  • Outlets with an open or missing ground
  • GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters) not placed in the correct areas; GFCI Outlets are commonly recommended in the kitchen areas over the counters, all bathroom plugs, Garage outlets, outlets on the outside of the home, outlets in unfinished basements and crawlspaces.
  • GFCI outlets which are not working properly are going to be written up and it should be replaced or repaired
  • Solid aluminum branch electric wires shall be reported on
  • Open junction boxes in addition to any exposed wire splices
  • Any dangerous circumstance is going to be flagged as a safety concern
  • Any unsupported electrical wires within the crawl spaces as well as attics
  • Problems including; handyman wiring, improper use with drop cords as well as any dangerous conditions

Issues that should be reported on and identified in your property Inspection Report:

  • Check the amperage of your home and report on the condition of it
  • Check and also report on the electrical service entrance cables of the house and the overall condition
  • The Inspector will ideally test a representative number of the electric lighting fixtures inside and outside of the home
  • The electric utility service panel along with all sub-panels has to be examined and reported on if it can be accomplished safely
  • If smoke detectors are present inside the home and whether or not they’re functional
  • The condition of grounding of the electrical service
  • The location of the primary service disconnect switch for your electric equipment
  • Any dangerous condition which restricts any Home Inspector from performing your inspection should be detailed within the home inspection report

Electrical items which will not be recommended to be checked and documented on:

  • Voltage or impedance and measure the amperage
  • Remote control equipment within the house
  • Low voltage wiring is not required to be checked and reported on
  • Any electrical system existing which is not a necessary part of the primary electrical power supply to the home
  • The Home Inspector is in fact not expected to inspect any situation that may very well be unsafe