Buying the Renovated Home
A newly renovated home is a great draw for many people for a number of reasons. The work has already been done, and you get to enjoy your new space rather than have to worry about renovations. It’s important, however, to ensure that the renovation was done right and according to the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, to keep you and your family safe. Buying a home is likely the largest investment you will ever make, and you don’t want any surprises – especially when it comes to the home’s electrical.
It’s important for you to know if there are any open electrical permits on the property you’ve purchased. Any outstanding permits, by law, are transferred to the new homeowner. That means that you assume responsibility for the permits and corrections of any defects if they exist. Make sure your lawyer requests an Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Search of Records as part of your purchase agreement.* (Note: there are fees associated with a Search of Records.)
After the Sale
What’s behind your walls is just as important as what you put on them – and since the renovations were done before you moved it, you’ll want to find out what electrical work was done in the past, and whether the work was inspected by ESA. If you didn’t have a Search of Records prior to the sale, a Request for Information can provide you with a report of all of the electrical work that was completed under a permit with ESA. (Fees associated with a Request for Information can be found here). Another option to help you understand the current condition of your home’s electrical system is to get a general electrical inspection. This is different than a home inspection because it is focused solely on the electrical.
Still want to make some changes to your new home? There are a number of things to consider, but one of the most important to ensure a safe renovation for you and your family is the electrical work to avoid shock and fire hazards. If you are hiring someone to do electrical work in your home, by law, it must be a Licensed Electrical Contractor. And most electrical work requires a permit with ESA.
If you decide to do any electrical work yourself, there are some essential things you need to know. Follow the law and do it right – otherwise your renovation dream could turn into a nightmare. For more expert tips on how to make your renovation both beautiful and safe, visit Power Your Reno
*Please note: ESA records date back to 2000.