***Your home may be at risk***

Schneider Electric™ Recalls 1.4 Million Electrical Panels & 700,000 breakers Due to Thermal Burn and Fire Hazards

There are many dangers that come with having an unsafe electrical panel

If the panel is not up to code, it could cause an electrical fire. This is a serious hazard because it could not only damage your home but also injure or kill anyone who is inside it. Another reason why it is important to have a safe electrical panel is that it can prevent blackouts.

Recall on 700,000 Square D AFCI breakers

As with other new technologies, when AFCI breakers were introduced there were many problems.  Square D AFCI breakers were no strangers to these issues.

What Should you do?

Home owners should verify they do not have Square D panels and/or breakers on their home’s electrical panel. This can be check by:
  • opening your electrical panel door (like you would to reset a breaker)
  • Look inside the door of the panel for the catalog number and date code to verify it is not on this >>recall list<<
  • look for an AFCI breaker with a blue test button. An example of a Square D breaker with a blue test button is attached to this post.

Immediately contact Schneider Electric if you have either panel and/or breaker. From there they will coordinate a trained electrician to determine if a repair is required free of charge.

Schneider Electric Technical toll-free at 888-778-2733 from 8 a.m. through 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, online at www.se.com/us/qoloadcenter-safetyrecallnotice or at  www.se.com/us/en/  and click on Recall Safety Notice for more information.

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As a home seller, the inspection process is inevitable. While it may seem like a daunting task, there are ways to prepare and make sure it goes off without a hitch. By following these five tips, you can be sure that you are preparing for your home inspection and escape costs that pop up on the day your home is going to be looked at in detail.

Tip #1: Schedule in Advance

The first contingency prior is to plan for it in advance. This gives you time to collect all the necessary documents and make the necessary repairs for the buyer. These little details lessen your broker’s workload by double!

It is important for you and your Real Estate agent to be present in order to be able to answer any questions the inspector may have. You should also take this opportunity to ask for their opinion on any repairs that may be needed or those to stagger over time. Also, keep in mind to not be the pilot during the event and allow the professional you hired to be flying the plane.

After, you must make all necessary repairs. It’s expensive and time-consuming.

Tip #2: Interviews

When buying a home, it’s important to select someone qualified to help you identify potential problems. Here are some tips to consider when choosing a company:

  1. Look for someone who is certified by an organization, such as the National Association of Home Inspectors. These courses typically involve an exam ensuring they are qualified to be in the career and once the training is completed the program gives them a license or certificate.
  2. Ask for references from previous customers and follow up with those references.
  3. Make sure that they’re insured. This protects you in the event of any problems
  4. Finally, be sure to interview several companies before making your final decision.

Tip #3: Prepare your Home

When you sell a home, it can be overwhelming. However, following these tips can help you be prepared for anything that might be found.

Take steps to ensure that your home is in good condition. Check out the following tips to make sure your home is ready:

Clean your home thoroughly. That means dusting ceiling fans, cleaning countertops and windowsills, mopping floors, and vacuuming carpets. You want the inspector to be able to focus on the state of the house itself and not be distracted by dirt and debris.

Make all necessary repairs. This could include repairing leaks, repairing a broken tile, or changing any missing sealant in the bathtub or shower. Again, you want their requirements to be focused on the most important systems in the house.

If possible, keep all the outlets unused and accessible, have the water in the house on, smoke detectors working, the heater easy to access, each light in the house has a new bulb, and an electrical panel free of obstructions. None of these should be much of a hassle to complete and when done it will make everything go smoothly.

Tip #4: Attend

It is important to be present at the inspection. This way, you can ask questions and get clarification on any issues that arise. Being present also gives you an opportunity to see first-hand the state of your home.

What questions should you ask?

If you’re buying a home for the first time, it can be overwhelming. These are three questions to ask yourself afterward to put your mind at ease.

  1. What is the general condition of the house? This seems like a no-brainer, but you don’t forget that whoever you employed gives you an education on not only the bad parts of the house but also the good parts you’ve observed.
  2. What is the condition of the roof? A new roof is expensive, so it’s important to know what shape it is in so you don’t have to pay for safety defects later. The average cost for even minor architectural damage starts to add up.
  3. How is the plumbing? Older homes often have outdated plumbing showing signs that it needs to be replaced. This repair can be expensive, so it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into, and feel free to pass the price to the selling party. Your family shouldn’t have to purchase additional services as buyers.

Tip #5: Review and Make Repairs

When you’re ready to close a home, you should review the report with your agents with the home inspector. That way, you can identify any areas that need to be repaired before you move. It’s important to perform these repairs before you move, as they can be expensive and time-consuming. If you take care of them now, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble later on.

 

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