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Buying real estate with electrical problems can be a nightmare

When purchasing a home in Alberta, it is essential to seek appropriate guidance. For example, one aspect that could quickly turn a dream home into a nightmare is electrical work that does not comply with the Canadian Electrical Code. It is important to check paperwork and permits for any electrical repairs, maintenance and installations done on residential real estate.

A house inspector can include an electrical inspection during which outlets and receptacles will be examined. All the outlets should be checked for ground or arc fault circuit interrupters for protection from electrical fires and shocks. Electrical panels and wiring typically last for many years, but homes built after 1930 should be checked for grounding. Inspections of wiring on residential properties must be done in four-year intervals to identify and address worn-out insulation, frayed connections and damage caused by rodents.

All the fixtures and light switches should also be inspected to ensure they comply with the code. All switches must connect with outlets or light fixtures. Electrical panels could have been installed long ago and should be checked to ensure they can handle the demands and safely distribute electricity throughout the property.

All this could be daunting for first time homebuyers in Alberta. A lawyer with experience in all matters related to real estate could be a valuable adviser in the home buyers' corner. Legal counsel can arrange for the necessary inspection to be done and ensure that minimum standards are met. A lawyer can also negotiate to have the cost of  any work needed to meet the required standards paid for by the seller.

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