One of the things I like to do when I am inspecting a Condo for a buyer is to find the unit’s electrical meter and verify accessibility. Also I like to make sure that the amperage rating of the Unit’s disconnect at the meter agrees with the wire size and panel rating in the unit itself. Many meters are in locked utility rooms and it is important for the buyer to know what the Condo policy is on providing the unit owner access to the Meter and the disconnect for the unit.
In a large Condo building this is a picture of what one of these electrical utility rooms looks like.
When they look like this it can sometimes take a lot of time to find the meter that supposedly relates to my buyer’s unit. Sometimes when you enter one of these rooms it is a bit like “Meter, Meter on the wall, who’s the……..”
I am sure glad there were no mirrors on the floor and ceiling—–it might have been REALLY hard to find the “fairest one of all.”
Sometimes they are numbered sequentially—-other times—-as was the case here—-there was absolutely no obvious logic to the order of the meters (over 200 of them). It took me, the agent, and the building superintendent considerable time to find the correct meter. Of course if the meters are not labeled at all—-that is important information in itself—-and repairs should be made.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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