Improper Electrical Wiring
Second only to water penetration in basements and crawl spaces, improper electrical wiring is one of the major home defects. This includes such situations as insufficient electrical service to the house, inadequate overload protection, and amateur, often dangerous, wiring connections. When many older houses were wired, the only requirements were a couple of lights and an occassional outlet - clearly inadequate for todays needs. If the electrical system has not been modernized, or if modernization has been done by amateurs, a sizable expenditure may be anticipated.