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Check House Wiring

Buying a home with inadequate wiring can end up costing the buyer thousands of dollars. If you hire a quality home inspector you should be all right, but here are a few suggestions that might help.


Electricians

Knob & Tube Wiring: This type of wiring was installed up to the early 1940`s. It is getting very brittle along with other rubber insulated conductors also installed up to late 40`s and 50`s. If one sees new light fixtures in a home and no other evidence of wiring improvements - chances are that the installation/connection at those fixtures is not done properly including with no metal box and a lot of dry wood shavings falling right on top of the fixture`s terminal connection where it gets quite hot. Once a home changes ownership or the wiring is almost 100 years old - it is difficult to insure it unless the knob & tube is replaced with modern wiring methods. It could cost from $5,000 to over $12,000 to rewire a home with all walls closed in.
Therefore; Before buying insure that you can get insurance and be prepared to have the home rewired when the insurance asks you about a year later. Suggestion by: Manuel @ ACTION ELECTRIC (Winnipeg, CA.)


Home Inspectors

I just had another comment on what to look for when buying a house. A very common hazard found is "handyman" wiring. That's not to put a handyman down, I'm one myself. It's just a term.
 It is very common to find extension cord wiring, improper splices, and splices outside junction boxes.
 Furthermore, if you look in the panel and it looks like spaghetti, chances are it wasn't done by a qualified electrician.
 Thanks for the electrical help you provide.
 Kevin Wattenbarger,  Allied Home Inspections, Inc.  , Inc, KCMO.

When looking for a home inspector. Try the  American Home Inspector Directory a national database of home inspectors. Offers free online quotes!



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