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Turning Power on at a Vacant Home

Posted By: Kim Katich In: Challenges to Turning Power on at a Vacant Home
Date: Fri, Oct 6th 2017 2:56 pm

There may be some challenges to turning on electric at a property that has been vacant for over 6 months with no power on during this time.

I have been in a situation where I was buying a home and called to get the power switched into my name only to be told that I would need to get a safety inspection done before this can happen. To do this you will need to go to the county that the home is in and apply for the permit, and pay the appropriate fees.  

You will need to make sure before the inspector comes out that there are no electric outlets that are exposed and must have all the light fixtures intact or capped off so that no wires are hanging out. They are also going to check to make sure that there are smoke alarms were there need to be… must have one in every bedroom, one on every level and outside each sleeping area. If the home is not hardwired for smoke alarm’s you must go buy the smoke alarms and make sure they are installed before inspection.

Once the inspection is completed and passed you are then able to call the electric company to turn the power on.

Before the electric company comes out to turn the power on you will need to make sure the power is off at the main breaker box, make sure there are not locked gates if the meter is in a gated area and free of dogs.

Feel free to give me a call to talk about buying, selling, or renting. 

Kim Katich, Realtor