Inspecting Old Homes

We Love Old Homes!

We are fortunate enough to be inspecting homes in an area that is rich in history and fascinating landmarks. New England prides itself on having some of the most beautiful and interesting homes in the country. Old homes are amazing, but not without their faults. This page is dedicated to understanding what to expect when dealing with an old home. We have inspected homes dating back to the 1600s and love doing it!

What Are The Risks?

While old homes do have benefits there are also risks with purchasing and living in an old home. We are experts on inspecting old homes and have inspected many old homes in the past. While you could find any material in any home, there are general trends we see with materials. You should know depending on your homes age you you will have a higher likelyhood of certain materials or defects being present. We provide general age ranges based upon our experiance and training, but it should be known, none of the information on this page is absolute and a home inspector and related qualified professional should be checking your home for these problems.

Electrical Common Issues By Age

  • 1882 – Electricity in Homes
  • 1880 to 1940s – Knob & Tube Generally Installed
  • 1925 – Half of American Homes With Power
  • 1920s – Late 1940s BX Generally Popular
  • 1926 – NM cable listed (Woven Rayon)
  • 1950s to 1980s – Federal Pacific Panels
  • 1960s to late 1970s – Aluminum Branch Installed
  • 1960s – NM prevalent (Plastic Sheathed)
  • Pre 1960s – Ungrounded Circuits/Two Prong Receptacles Prominent

*These dates are all estimated and not absolute

Outdated Electrical

We examine the electrical systems of all homes but various types of equipment is no longer in use or has been deemed unsafe. In many cases electrical equipment that looks old is in fact outdated but here are some specific examples of aged or undesirable components.