Homeowner wiring might be a red flag. Check it out before you buy.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

One of the things I immediately see when I show a house is the electrical system.  I instinctively look at the wiring early in a walk-through because poor wiring can signal other things are not right with a home.  On a recent electrical project my contacting company did, we found some of the most amazing, and dangerous, wiring I've seen in 40+ years in the field.

The former homeowner had done a lot of his own wiring.  That alone is a great reason to have a home inspection.  When someone tells me he has done a lot of the wiring, I get nervous.  Once in a great while, it's awesome, but that really is the exception and not the norm.  This particular project had splices on top of splices. 

It took longer to untangle the various connections than it did to re-wire the entire series of circuits.  How some of these homes don't burn down is a mystery.  When you're looking at a home to purchase, have a reputable home inspector do an inspection before you start figuring out where to put your furniture.  If there is one obvious electrical problem, be aware, there might be dozens hidden behind drywall, in crawl spaces and attics.  This is an area that you never want to cut corners on.


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David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

what you don't see could kill your or best case cost you dearly!

Good info my friend and have a blessed Sun

Mar 24, 2013 04:09 AM #1
Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Yikes!  Do it yourself wiring must be the epitome of foolishness!

Mar 24, 2013 04:17 AM #2
Stanley Stepak
Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH - Avon Lake, OH
Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,

all I can say is yikes.. just waiting for that fire to start.

Mar 24, 2013 04:17 AM #3
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

You bet, David.  It was worse in other areas of the home.  Oy!  Have a great week.

Amen, Kathryn.

It's a miracle that it hadn't, Stan. 

Mar 24, 2013 04:21 AM #4
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Helps you have experienced eyes to be able to see big trouble ahead.  I certainly know when I open an electric panel and see fuses we are in trouble.

Mar 24, 2013 04:35 AM #5
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

That's a good place to start, Cindy.  Have a great snow free week.

Mar 24, 2013 04:36 AM #6
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