Do I Need an Inspection if I’m Buying a New Home?

gfci plug problem

A lot of people think that when you buy a brand new home you do not need an inspection.

There is nothing that could be further from the truth.

I have inspected thousands of new homes and found major items in almost every one. This home had a GFCI circuit that was not wired properly or the device was bad or both. It sounds like that it is not that big of a deal but in fact it is a life safety item.

GFCI devices where designed to shut off when it detects that current is flowing through an unintended path, such as through water or a person.

Water conducts electricity imagine yourself reaching in to grab the blender you just accidently dropped in a sink full of water without a GFCI circuit the power would have to travel all the way back to the main panel before it would trip the breaker which would give you time to get electrocuted.

The GFCI device trips the instant the current changes and has a much shorter distance for the power to travel, which makes this is a life saving Device.

Check yours today you can buy a tester from your local hardware store make sure yours are working.

If you have an older home they may not have been required to have them, the newer home are required to have the at all kitchen, bath, exterior, within 6” of a water source and garage plugs that are not dedicated plugs.

I recommend installing GFCI devices to cover these areas for your families’ safety.