Buying a House? Don't forget to ask questions about the electrical systems

Are you about to buy a new home? Many people forget to ask the right due diligence questions in such a situation, particularly when it comes to the electrical systems. Time and time again, people have forgotten to ask specific critical questions, that then have lead to financial losses. We have compiled a list of critical electrical system questions for you to ask.



Electricals questions


  • Are there any illegal or homemade installations?
  • If required, what would it cost to bring the electrical installations up to standard?
  • Is there any history of short wirings?
  • When was the last time the house wiring was checked by a professional?
  • Have the owner had issues with light bulbs needing replacement at an unusual frequency?
  • Are all the installations mapped and documented?
  • Are there adequate numbers of electrical outlets per room?
  • Can the electrical systems be insured or are parts of it uninsurable?
  • Are outlets in the bath, garage, kitchen, and basement as well as other wet locations GFCI equipped?
  • What is the maximum electrical load the system can take?
  • Will you have equipment that won't be compatible with the current electrical systems?
  • How much is the typical electrical bill?
  • Does any of the electrical systems give of humming noises that could be considered disturbing?
  • Is the house near any high voltage wires, transformer stations, etc.?
  • Are there any exposed wires?
  • Are there any wires with electrical tape?
  • What is the state of the main panel (rusty, damaged, etc.)?
  • Are there any flickering lights?

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Buying a House? Don't forget to ask questions about the electrical systems