What are the most common issues found during a home inspection? The answer is, electrical deficiencies. After performing over 1600 home inspections, electrical deficiencies have been the most common issues we've found in homes. These issues are more common in older homes, 30 years old or older. More importantly, electrical issues are the most dangerous.
With older homes, in most cases, there were multiple homeowners. In order to save money, homeowners would attempt to repair, add and install electrical components themselves or have their Uncle Todd who knows very little about electrical make repairs for a 12 pack of beer as payment. 99% of electrical work performed by homeowners is wrong, unknowingly putting themselves and their family at risk. Unprofessional electrical work can cause electrical hazards such as shock, fire and some in cases death.
Electrical deficiencies are the third leading cause of home structure fires. An estimated 24,000 electrical related home fires happen every year in the United States, causing over $700 million in property damage.
Most electrical fires are caused by faulty outlets that are old or outdated. Some are caused by frayed or damaged cords, light fixtures, electrical space heaters, outdated wiring and electrical components such as breakers that don't trip when needed.
Homeowners should never attempt to perform their own electrical work. It is highly recommended to hire a licensed electrical contractor to make repairs.