Appraisers generally call for
Electrical Certifications when they notice unusual aspects of the
electrical system of the property they are appraising or the
utilities are off, preventing a sampling of parts of the system. He/She made also question whether the system meets FHA/HUD Standards. There are also times when a home inspector or seller makes a comment about the heating service that prompt the need for more information.
What is an Electrical
need to be able to mark the box on the form that states; "This
inspection reveals that all visible wiring is properly installed and
appears to be in good condition and that the main service is
adequate for the connected load."
What should be done before the inspector goes to the property? The
electric service will need to be on. All areas of the building(s)
need to be accessible and the main panel should not have any
obstructions blocking access to it. All exposed wiring and extension
cords should be removed. Missing outlet covers, missing switch plate
covers and missing junction box covers should be replaced. All burnt
out light bulbs should be replaced. Each room is required to have a
wall switch (by the entrance) operated light source and an outlet.
What equipment will be
inspected? The inspector will check
the main drop or feed to the building, the main disconnect, the main
panel and sub panels as well as all accessible outlets, switches and
fixtures. The main panel and sub panels will be checked for improper
wiring and fuses or breakers, The outlets will be checked for
operation, proper polarity and proper grounding. Minor maintenance
and/or repair recommendations are usually made verbally.
What are the most common problems found
during an Electrical Inspection? Exposed
wiring, excessive use of extension cords, missing switch and outlet
covers, missing junction box covers, and non functioning fixtures
are the items that generally draw the appraiser's attention. We also
sometimes run into amateur work that can be hazardous such as
improper wire splicing, oversized fuses and undersized wires at the
main panel and/or sub panels.
How to Prepare for Certification
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