6 Things to Know
Before Buying a House
With a Standby Generator
1. Inquire about the generator’s age.
The seller and their real estate agent will likely price the house a bit higher because it comes with a generator, but it may not be worth the increase if it’s old.
2. Understand the size and capacity.
If the generator was installed before a large addition was built, it may not be capable of powering the entire home’s needs.
4. Generators do require maintenance.
5. Understand the transfer switch.
The transfer switch allows users to switch from grid power to generator power, and there are two types: automatic and manual. It’s important to know which is used and how old it is before you purchase the home.
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