What and where are gfci type electrical outlets? This will be answered while inspecting a home in Skokie, Illinois.

July 23rd, 2010

What does GFCI stand for?  It stands for ground fault circuit interrupter and is used to protect the occupants of a home from possible injury even death from electrocution.  I will explain through a home inspection in Skokie, Illinois why they are so important and what locations they need to be installed in.

While starting to inspect the home in Skokie, I immediately noticed that one of the locations of the home was missing these type outlets.  This location was the exterior area of a home.  These actually are what I would considered one of the most important areas where a gfci type outlet should be installed.  Why you ask?  This area is in direct contact with all of the elements which could cause you to be the ground if water is connected to a bad cord of a radio or a power tool.  You can see how I inspect the exterior of a home through http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/watchaninspection.html.

The next area I check on a home is the garage.  A garage should have gfci outlets also.  We inspect the interior of a home to see if all the proper areas have gfci type outlets.  The Skokie code says they should be located in: bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, unfinished basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, exterior areas of a home and any area that water and electric can be introduced.  The Skokie home inspection only had issues with gfci outlets on the exterior of the home.

The next question I receive from home buyers is “How much does it cost to change outlets out to gfci type?”.   I see electrical contractors charging anywhere from $30- $75 an outlet depending on how many outlets you need changed.  I believe every homeowner can do this transfer themselves.  You can get directions on changing an outlet out yourself at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/blog/archives/777.  This article was from another home inspection I performed in Skokie.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about gfci type outlets or home inspection issues at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/.  Thanks for stopping by.  Jim Kolke

Skokie, Illinois home inspection explains the importance of a professional home inspection.

June 22nd, 2010

Skokie, Illinois home inspection explains the importance of a professional home inspection and what the possible issues could be.  A professional home inspector is worth his weight in gold.  If a home inspector is diligent in his craft, he can possible save you thousands of dollars in future issues.  Generally, a home inspector is bound by Standards of Practice rules set by a state licence and/or an association license such as ASHI, Inter NACHI, NAHI.  These are all groups that have  internal rules that have the home inspectors commit to excellence and promise to engage in multiple hours of education to provide the best inspection possible to all of their clients.  These are just some of the items you might want to ask your home inspector if he is involved in.

My client from the Skokie home inspection was not concerned if I belonged to a home inspection group.  (I’m involved in multiple groups).  You see, in Illinois home inspectors and home inspection companies have to be licensed through the state to be in practice and business.  So enforcement is mandated by the state, and there is definitely regulation which I feel is needed in this industry. This is a good thing to have and gives the clients in Illinois some recourse if there are issues with their choice in inspection company.  The home inspector should follow a Standard of Practice which basically is the procedures of where and how to inspect properly.  You can see the areas to inspect at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/watchaninspection.html.

The home inspector should give you a written or computer generated report of some sort.  You can see a sample report at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/sample-report.html.  This report should have potential issues and remedy costs included.  My client from the home inspection in Skokie received a report and much more.  If you are moving to Skokie and have questions about the village contact them at ~ http://www.skokie.org/.

If you have questions about the home inspection process please contact us at ~ http://www.pinnaclepropertyinspection.com/.  Thanks for stopping by.  Jim Kolke

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