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The Role of Electrical Inspections in Home Buying & Selling

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If you’re in the market for a new home or looking to place your home up for sale, it’s important to have a professional electrical inspection. Unexpected electrical issues can be a hassle for both the buyer and the seller, so it’s helpful to get ahead of potential concerns with an inspection performed by professional electricians. Not only do electrical inspections protect your investment, but it also helps to seamlessly move your purchase or sale forward with confidence.

In this blog, the expert electricians at Campbell & Company will break down what an electrical inspection entails and why it’s important to have your property or potential purchase inspected before signing your name on the dotted lines.

What Is an Electrical Inspection?


Close-up of a Campbell & Company contractor checking an electrical panel

Don’t be intimidated by the thought of an electrical inspection. It’s much simpler than most homeowners and homebuyers think. Here’s what can happen when you schedule an electrical inspection for your home or intended property of purchase:

  • Wiring check: An electrician performs a comprehensive check of your home’s wiring, ensuring it meets modern safety standards and presents no danger.
  • Panel inspection: A detailed inspection of your electrical panel is done to confirm it's sized correctly, labeled properly, and meets all other safety requirements.
  • Outlet and switch inspection: An electrician tests the outlets and switches to ensure they are properly grounded and functioning.
  • Identify electrical hazards: An electrical inspection allows homeowners to identify and address safety hazards and code violations in their electrical systems. 
  • And more

From correcting potential code violations to validating the value of your investment, an electrician inspection empowers homeowners and homebuyers to make informed decisions.

Schedule an Electrical Inspection Before Listing Your Home for Sale


You don’t want a faulty electrical system to put a stop to your home-selling process. One step in moving forward without hiccups is to schedule an electrical inspection before listing your property for sale. A homeowner who takes the extra step to ensure the safety of their electrical system can prevent unwanted issues with homebuyers in the long run, leading to a smoother sales process from start to finish.

Benefits of an electrical inspection include:

  • Confidence in the safety of your home’s electrical system.
  • Increased market value of your property.
  • Expedited selling process without delays.
  • Leverage during negotiations without price reductions.

Don’t waste time wondering if your electrical system meets modern safety codes and requirements. Be confident in your property’s value and safety with a professional electrical inspection. 

Electrical Inspections for Home Buyers


Campbell & Company contractor completing home electrical inspection

As a homebuyer, you don’t want to be caught off guard by a failing or unsafe electrical system after the sales process. With electrical inspections conducted before purchasing, you can make informed decisions that allow you to assess the property's condition and safety, especially if you are purchasing an older home.

As a homebuyer, doing your due diligence can:

  • Negotiate repairs or upgrades with the seller.
  • Walk away from a sale that poses a great risk.
  • Make a conscious decision about your investment.
  • Understand the electrical upgrades needed for your potential purchase.

The reality of homebuying can be uncertain and intimidating. By equipping yourself with the tools to adequately assess your potential purchase, you can eliminate the risk of an expensive fix or potential fire hazard from faulty electrical modifications, wear and tear, or a system that doesn’t meet current standards.

Choose Campbell & Company for Expert Electrical Inspections


With over 40 years of experience in the home service industry, Campbell & Company is your local partner for residential electrical inspections in Yakima and the Tri-Cities area. No matter where you are in the homebuying or home-selling process, our licensed and insured electrical experts are here to help. As a recipient of the Yakima Best of the Valley award for "The Best Electrician,” we aim to provide efficient and reliable electrical inspection services to help you safeguard your investment.

Trust us to do it right! Schedule an electrical inspection in Yakima or the Tri-Cities by calling Campbell & Company at 509-545-9848.

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