One thing that is getting more and more popular, and I am seeing more and more of, especially on new construction, is the installation of generators.
And of all sizes!
One house not long ago had a generator large enough to light up a small town!
This house is in rural Virginia, on the edge of the mountains, across the gravel road from a Black Angus ranch, and has its own transformer on the leaning pole at the edge of the road.
It is also 2 miles from the main highway, where the electric poles are substantially larger and stronger.
Electricity goes out a lot. The homeowners built knowing that, and installed a propane-powered generator when they built the house.
And it's a beauty!
It provides 115amps of power during power outages.
The homeowner reports that it has been used many times.
One time it supplied power for over three days.
The house is equipped with two 200amp electric panel boxes, so it is a sizable house.
They chose what circuits to turn on when power goes out.
This can be altered by the new owners, but the generator now controls the AC main level, electric kitchen appliances, a dedicated freezer receptacle, office, master bedroom and bath, main level family room (with the large TV, of course!), the garage doors and a guest bedroom and bath.
If there is a power failure the unit turns on in 1/2 second.
After power is restored it runs for 1/2 hour, just to make sure the power will stay on.
And it tests itself every Saturday at 10:30am for 1/2 hour!
We did NOT test it during the home inspection. The seller asked that the buyers come back Saturday morning to see the test.
They readily agreed!
I think there is a plan to sit on the back deck and listen to the wind blow through the trees, sip something and talk.
This is the view from the back deck!
It isn't in yet, but that is a beautiful flower garden with matching, symmetrical walking paths through it. I told the buyers it was really a crop circle and the lightning rods on the roof were really antenna.
Yes, I'm sure that's it. Booohahahaha...
My recommendation: a generator is becoming a best practice in new construction of larger, more rural homes. And why not? What a great thing to have. Sometimes power restoration comes to the hinterland much later than the rest of the world!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560