When you need to purchase a new home, there are a lot of considerations to be made. Several factors come together to determine if a home is right for you. Electrical health is one of those factors that should decide where you invest your money. Electric problems can be frustrating and dangerous because electricity is a necessity. 

Before you buy a home it is advisable you call a professional to inspect the electrical system. You can also have some basic knowledge to assist in deciding on your own.

Here are the things you need to know about electrical systems before purchasing a home;

Switches and Outlets

Outlets are also known as receptacles, and they are easily recognised as sockets that connect your appliances or devices to the electrical supply. Inspect all the outlets in the home and ensure they are not cracked, burnt out, or loose. The switches and outlets should be firmly attached to the wall and be in working order. Be sure no wires are poking out and also be particular about the switches and outlets in damp areas of the home. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, and the outlets should be correctly installed to avoid any danger.


Most homes have an old wiring system. Electrical wiring is built to last but can also wear out after an extended period. Old homes will have equally old installation and should be properly checked or replaced.

Electrical Service Size

Some homes use more power than others. The electrical service size determines how many appliances you can use at the same time. The electrical service should be large enough to supply your home now and in the future. To have a good idea of what your electrical service can offer, contact a professional to inspect your service.

Aluminium Wiring

Aluminium wiring is common in older homes, but the copper wiring is expected to replace it. Aluminium wiring is being substituted from the system because it has been discovered to have a higher risk factor in causing fires. If your new home is still fitted with aluminium, it might be a good idea to rewire or change the system.


The lighting of a home should be sufficient and in working order for all areas of the house. Be sure to check both indoor and outdoor lighting for security reasons.