Safety Considerations When Buying

Buying a home is one of the largest investments that we can make, and you want to minimize any surprises.


Electrical Safety Authority recommends that home buyers request a record search on the property they are considering buying to ensure that there are no outstanding workorders related to ESA permits. Your lawyer can request the search using the Request for Record Search Application.

If you are not sure the wiring meets Ontario Electrical Safety Code requirements, you can request that the owner arrange for a general inspection as part of the terms and conditions of purchase. The general inspection will identify if there are any electrical defects that need to be corrected. The existing owner will be responsible for correcting any defects – or can negotiate with the potential purchaser to assume responsibility.

In addition, it is recommended that you ask the previous owner for copies of “Certificates of Inspection” for any electrical installations/modifications that have been conducted since the original construction of the home.


For more information from the Electrical Safety Authority, see their website.