If it’s time to buy a home you have plenty of things to think about, plan for and learn. My goal as a Realtor® is to provide helpful advice to homebuyers and sellers alike, so they can make the best decisions for their needs and be happy with the results. One way for homebuyers to close on a property with confidence is to understand key components about a home they are buying.
Steve with Murray Electric has taken a look at my personal list of the top 4 things every homebuyer around the Tulsa, OK and Green Country region should know about in any home they purchase. The verdict is in, Steve seconds the motion of this list, and so without any further delay, here are the 4 things every home buyer should know about the electric system in their house:
- What is the Voltage Level of outlets? 220 volts has been standard for quite a while now and is just what’s needed to run most any appliance or electronic device. Homes built before 1950 may have a different voltage of 120, which used to be the standard. If you’re buying an older home, be sure to know the voltage so you can plan accordingly. An update may be needed, or you may need to use gas or propane-operated appliances instead of electric ones.
- Is there a Fusebox in the house? It used to be every house had a fuse box, in which as a homeowner you could replace a blown fuse, or ‘Jimmy-rig’ a fuse with a temporary fix (such as inserting a copper penny at the fuse point), until you got the replacement fuse. Fuse boxes and the ease with which they can be ‘McGivered’ has actually created a higher-risk situation in many older homes, to the point that some insurance companies won’t cover a property with a fuse box. A Circuit breaker board is the safer and current code-required way to go.
- Where’s the Main Panel? The panel is where your home’s electrical system is controlled and where your circuit breakers are located. Each circuit can handle a certain amount of power running through it. If you have many electrical devices or make some major home improvements in the future, you may need to add to the size of your panel. Knowing where it is will help you access it when a breaker trips, and you’re left in the dark. It’s also important to know if the Main Panel is in a closet or not. Small enclosed spaces for an electrical panel are a higher risk for fire damage. If your main panel is in a closet, speak to the folks at Murray Electric in Tulsa to help ensure it’s in a safe place.
- Are the Outlets Grounded? This is critically important with our digital lifestyles. If you don’t have grounded outlets, you’ll want to invest in power-surge protectors. Not only will this lessen the risk of damage to your devices should there be a power surge, but some electrical components won’t work unless through a grounded outlet, such as a coax cable for your TV. One easy way to find out if your outlets are grounded is to get a simple tester at your local home improvement store. For just a few dollars, a tester plugs in and gives you the green light or red to know for sure.
The next time you have an electrical issue come up at home, save yourself a lot of stress and time, by having a conversation with Steve at Murray Electric yourself. This is one local service where there is a live person on the other end of the phone. With two locations in Tulsa (918-835-9605) and Broken Arrow (918-254-9771), help is just a phone call away. Find more information at their website: www.murrayelectric.com.