Today's home buyers are the most connected ones ever. In fact, according to statistics compiled by the National Association of REALTORS®, millennial buyers currently make up 34 percent of active home buyers. Because millennials are the first generation to fully embrace technology throughout both their childhood and their adult years, the homes they purchase will need to be capable of supporting the technology they are accustomed to using. Whether you are included in this growing segment of millennial buyers or a buyer from a different age group who enjoys cutting edge technology, the following information can help you avoid electrical problems in the home you decide to purchase:

Changing times create modern problems 

Technology has advanced exponentially in just a few short years. Even though many families now own multiple computers and devices capable of connecting via the internet, this was not the case when many existing older homes were built. 

Built before the computer age, many of these older homes often have an electrical system that will not support powering multiple devices and gadgets, along with much more powerful home appliances and HVAC systems. 

Extension cords are not a safe answer for an inadequate electrical system

When a high tech buyer purchases an older home that has not undergone electrical renovations to bring it up to date, they may attempt to use extension cords to offset the lack of outlets. This can lead to overloaded circuits, overheated wiring, and the threat of an electrical fire. In addition, faulty or insufficient wiring can also damage or even destroy delicate electronics.

Home electrical inspections are a critical part of the home buying process

Buyers who want to avoid the dangers and inconveniences of living in a home with an unsafe and inadequate electrical system can utilize their inspection contingency to help them deal with this situation. However, a standard home inspection may not be sufficient to ensure the electrical system is safe to use with today's technology and appliances. 

Whole-house inspectors will look for signs of electrical problems, such as faulty breakers, outdated wiring, and discolored electrical outlets. However, having an additional home electrical inspection, performed by a certified electrical inspector, is a good way to determine more detailed information about the home's electrical system, including the circuitry wiring, breaker or fuse panel capacity, and the electrical outlets and connections throughout the home. 

Buyers who are considering purchasing an older home should insist upon having the electrical system thoroughly inspected by a competent professional before moving forward with the purchase. Check out a website like for more information and assistance.