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Written by Walt Meyer

Electrical Inspection Basics When Buying a Home – Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, buying a home is perhaps the biggest and most important purchase anyone will ever make. As a result, it’s crucial for a buyer to get a home inspection to uncover any costly or serious problems before the sale is finalized, and this should include an electrical inspection. Part 2 will discuss the 3 Main Types of Home Electrical Inspections. 

3 Main Types of Home Electrical Inspections

Among the various kinds of electrical inspections, there are three main types of home electrical inspections.

Rough-In – This is an inspection of the wires, conduits, boxes, and electrical panels. The licensed electrician will ensure that the wiring is intact and every fire hazard in the proximity of electrical panels and conduits is removed. This usually occurs during the installation of wiring and electrical components, and these items must pass prior to sealing a wall or the installation of insulation.

Service Inspection – The process entails the licensed inspector’s observation of the electrical service panel to make sure that it was installed and fastened properly. In addition, the inspector will also test whether the electrical service panel is grounded correctly. Otherwise, they may pose an electric shock build-up hazard.

Final Inspection – Breakers will be installed and inspected to make sure that the electrical system is fully functional and safe to use. The electrical inspector will typically perform several trial runs in order to verify its effectiveness and safety.

Important Points

Although a home electrical inspection may seem expensive, keep in mind that properly performed inspections ultimately provide protection for your home and those who live inside. They help prevent deadly hazards such as electrical fires and reduce costs over the period you own your home.

During home buying or selling, along with performing renovations or doing a remodel, an inspection by a licensed electrician will ensure the electrical system complies with state and local code. Skipping a proper electrical inspection may lead to penalties and additional costs. A licensed electrician will be required in order to pass.

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Founded in 1991, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured. Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.