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Electrical Inspection Guide

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Electrical Inspection Guide

If you have new electrical equipment installed in your house, or if you have work done on existing electrical equipment, you should have an electrical inspection done in your home. Not only is that the best way to keep your family safe and protect the value of your home, but many localities require that most electrical work pass an inspection before you can begin using it and move on with your life.


It is important to note that the specifics of what type of work needs to be inspected, and what requirements it must meet will vary from place to place. That means that while this guide can help you with general information, you’ll need to reach out to the governmental agency in charge of inspections in your community for specifics.


If the idea of setting up an electrical inspection sounds intimidating to you, we are here to help. Read on to find everything you need to know in this electrical inspection guide.

  1. 1.Why Electrical Inspection is Important

    If the idea of setting up an electrical inspection sounds intimidating to you, we are here to help.

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 18,200 home fires caused by electrical wiring are reported each year. The group says that those fires result in about 120 deaths, 530 injuries and $450 million in property damage. One of the best ways to make sure you don’t end up as a statistic is by having an electrical inspection. Electrical inspections are the best way to know if your home meets safety rules and regulations as laid out by your city, state or locality. Your local officials set those safety standards for a reason – they want to prevent electrical hazards.

  2. 2.How to Inspect

    No matter where you live, your community should have a department that handles electrical inspections. That means that either you or your contractor need only contact that department to arrange to have an electrical inspector come to your home to approve the work. Some communities make it as easy as filling out an online form. For others, you must go down to the correct office and make arrangements that way. No matter what, you must let inspection officials know your name, address, contact information and what work you have had (or will have) done. You should also expect to pay a fee to have the inspection done.

  4. 3.Preventing Electrical Inspection Problems

    The best way to keep yourself from running into any problems with your electrical inspection is to do as much research as you can beforehand. Know if the work you are having done will need to be inspected, how much that inspection will cost you and what you will have to do to pass inspection. It will benefit you to have hired an electrician with plenty of experience working in your community. He or she will probably be an old hand at dealing with the system, and should know how best to navigate it. Make sure that you know exactly what you’ll need to have complete and on-hand when the electrical inspector comes to your property, because some places may charge you if he or she has to make repeat visits.


    Electrical inspections are necessary, but don’t have to be a headache. Know what to do, and you’ll make it through your inspection with no red tape.

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