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lexington ky home inspector faulty wiring

Last week we wrote about Four Lexington Ky Home Inspection Red Flags. These conditions can be so expensive to remedy that buyers may choose to renegotiate the sale price of the home or walk away from the deal entirely. The four red flags are structural problems, roof replacement, water damage, and unsafe electrical wiring. If a home inspector reports that the home needs to be rewired, here are some things you should know:

Replacing a home’s electrical systems is generally only a concern when purchasing a home constructed before 1965. Original wires may not be properly grounded and may not be able to handle the high demands of today’s flat screen TVs, computers, and appliances. The home’s fuse or breaker box may need to be replaced with one of upgraded capacity. Older homes may have only 60-100 amps of service while the standard today is a minimum of 200.

Outdated wiring is a safety risk. The U.S. Fire Administration reports 25,900 residential electrical fires each year.

Rewiring involves replacing the old wire and even adding additional outlets in each room. GFCI safety outlets may be installed in the kitchen and bathrooms as well. Costs quickly ramp up if walls need to be torn down in order to remove the old wire. It will be cheaper if an electrician can thread the wires in place via a small hole in each wall. Expect to pay $8,000 to $15,000 to rewire a 2,000 square foot home.

Whether you are buying a historic home or new construction, be sure to hire us as your Lexington Ky Home Inspector.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.

 

lexington ky home inspection safety issues

Ask anyone why you should get a home inspection when buying a new home. Most will respond, “To ensure that everything is working and there aren’t any major repairs needed,” or some variation of that. At Absolute Home Inspection, we check all parts of the home including wiring and electrical, plumbing, appliances, roof, garage, and the grounds. All of our Lexington Ky home inspections include alerting home buyers to any safety issues.

Our report will note safety and building code violations such as the presence of a hot tub on an inadequately reinforced balcony, improper gas hot water heater ventilation, and blocked exits. We keep informed of the Lexington-Fayette County building codes so that we can report if a hallway is too narrow, stairway treads not deep enough, or if porch railings are not high enough. The seller may unknowingly compromise the home’s safety when making changes such as adding safety bars to a bathroom window or blocking a fire escape. A common safety issue is the use of bare bulbs in clothes closets. Incandescent bulbs get very hot and can start a fire when they come into contact with combustible materials.

If you are in the process of buying a home, choose Absolute Home Inspection to gain peace of mind. Our detailed report will note the condition of the major components as well as any unsafe areas. We deliver the report to you via email within 24 hours and include a summary with photos.

Absolute Home Inspection performs residential and commercial inspections including air quality, termite, and radon inspections in the Lexington and Central Kentucky area. Our professional home inspections enable you to make an informed decision when buying a home in Lexington, Winchester, Paris, Georgetown, Versailles, Midway, Frankfort, Nicholasville, Berea and Richmond, Kentucky. Contact us for your free quote.