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Give Your House a Yearly DIY Inspection

Most homeowners think a home inspection is only when buying or selling, but you should perform a yearly DIY inspection on your property. Think about it, we go to the doctor for our yearly exam, why not do a quick inspection of your home to keep you and your family safe. Typically the Fall is the best time to give your home its annual physical — before winter’s harsh weather sets in!
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This Old House” compiled a checklist of everything you should check for; covering 7 main areas around your home. Click Here for the article in it’s entirety. Or you can download a printable version of the entire Yearly Checklist here. Below is the electrical checklist.
❏ Check trees around the house to be sure they’re not threatening wires.
❏ Open the panel and look for new scorch marks around breakers or fuses. Also check outlets for scorch marks, which could be a sign of loose and sparking wires.
❏ Look for loose outlet covers, receptacles, and loose boxes, which may have to be refastened to the studs while the power is turned off.
❏ Test all GFCI outlets by plugging in a lamp and then hitting the test and reset buttons to see if it turns the light off and then on again.
❏ Go around with a electrical tester (or lamp) to make sure all outlets work

**If you do not feel comfortable with performing this inspection yourself or if you feel there may be issues, please give us a call at 704-821-7005!