Top Signs Your Older Home Needs Electrical Repair

When you own an older home, or a home built between the 1950s and 1970s, you may need to upgrade or electrical repairs. If you’re not sure if your home needs an upgrade, take the age into consideration and look for any warning signs.

Address the warning signs right away for a safe, electrically sound home. These warning signs include:

  • Strange odors
  • Sparks or smoke near outlets
  • Warm outlets or switches
  • Frayed wires
  • Unusual buzzing
  • Ungrounded outlets
  • Flickering or dim lights
  • Tingling after touching a switch
  • Scorch marks on outlets

If you spot any of these signs, then talk to a contractor right away. He or she will keep your house in safe shape. Regular inspections can also maintain safety in an older home.

What are the limitations
on an inspection?

A real estate inspection or home inspection is not an appraisal or a check for compliance with building codes; it’s also not an evaluation of environmental hazards. See the NYS Standards of Practice for more information on the limitations of a home inspection.