Buying A Mid-20th Century Foreclosed Home? Worry About The Wiring

Are you considering purchasing an older home that is foreclosed and some of the electrical components don't work? If so, make sure you get an electrical inspection to find out what is wrong beforehand so you know what it will cost you before you buy the home.

You want the home to be safe and you don't want to worry about electrical dangers as a homeowner. The bank may also require that you update the foreclosed home before you can move in, or your homeowner's insurance provider will require you to fix any outdated wiring. You'll want to ask the electrical contractor about the following things before you move in.

Aluminum Wiring

Many homes built within the 1960's and 1970's had affordable aluminum wiring installed throughout the home, because of the increased prices of copper at the time. If the property has this type of wiring, it's more likely to be defective and have fire hazards than a house that has copper wiring. You'll want to get a cost estimate to have all of the aluminum wiring replaced with copper to make the home safer.

Federal Pacific Circuit Breaker Box

If the home has a Federal Pacific breaker box, you'll want to have the unit replaced right away. These boxes have been proven to be faulty and you'll want to update to a newer system. The boxes have been tested and proven to be a fire hazard because the breakers don't trip off like they are supposed to, and they have been proven to cause a severe fire hazard in the home.

Rodent Damaged Wires

Does the old house have rodents running around the space? If so, you could have wires and components that were damaged by rodents. You'll want the electrician to check all wires to see why there isn't electricity in some part of the house, to make sure there aren't any exposed wires. Rodents can do significant damage to electrical wiring throughout the property with their teeth.

A foreclosed home that was built in the middle of the 20th century may require a lot of updating, but you want to make sure that the electrical components in the home don't make the property hazardous or life-threatening. Only work with a licensed electrical installation contractor to find out what is going on around the home, and have all electrical issues repaired or replaced before you move a single item in

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updating electrical work in an older home

I knew before I bought an older home that it would require a lot of work. What I didn't expect was to find the the entire second floor of the home had inadequate electrical work and that it would all have to be updated to keep my family safe and conserve some energy. I created this blog as I worked to overhaul my house and redo the electrical mess that I uncovered. You will find out what should be and what should never be done when working with electricity in older homes and what you can do to ensure the safety of your family while living in your home.