A Tampa home inspection thoroughly checks your entire home, including your electrical system. Most of your electrical work is unseen, meaning the damage could be severe without you ever knowing it, which is why a Tampa home inspection is so crucial to the home buying process. If you’re about to undergo an inspection, here is what you need to know about what your inspector will check for when it comes to the electrical system in a home.
The most obvious and actually visible part of the electrical system that is inspected during a Tampa home inspection the electrical panel. There are several brands that, when installed were fine, but have since been proven to be unsafe or even a fire hazard. If that is the case, the inspector will note the brand and the known problems with this panel on your inspection report. This is one thing that many buyers will request to be updated when it comes time for negotiations with the seller as a new electrical panel can be a costly upgrade.
Your inspector will also check the number of amps running to your electrical panel. If you are buying an older home that has not been updated, you may not have enough amps to power your home, which could cause power outages or short circuits once you move in. A standard amp service for a single-family home is 200, and many insurance companies will not insure anything less.
The wiring is especially important if you are buying an older home, as standards have changed over the years. Your home inspector is going to verify the types of wiring in the home to determine if it is damaged or has been repaired improperly over the years. Ungrounded circuits are another large red flag to inspectors as this is required for the wiring being used today.
Buying an older home can come with problems, but the home inspection is designed to make you aware of any potential issues. If you are in need of an inspection, whether you are buying a home or already own one, call us at Radiant Property today.