Most home electrical inspection in the Seattle area requires three safety inspections: cover, service and final. For convenience, we would suggest having your electrician make these appointments for you. However, you can schedule these inspections yourself if you want to undertake the permitting process. 

Cover Inspection

Once all new circuits are wired, schedule the cover inspection. Do not cover any work with insulation, receptacles or wall switches until the work has been approved. Do not cover trenches, ditches or slabs either since cover inspections also include underground installations. 

Service and Feeder Inspection 

This inspection follows the installation of any electrical masts, meter bases, grounding electrode conductors, and branch circuits. 

Final Inspections 

This inspection follows the completion of your electrical work. You must have all equipment and appliances installed, grounded, and energized for final inspection. Make sure all the covers are in place and circuits are labeled. 

What Inspectors Look For 

All electricians must adhere to the National Electrical Code (NEC) as well as any local or state regulations. All states have different codes which is why your electrician needs to be licensed in your state. 

Electrical inspectors look for a plethora of potential safety hazards. You may be able to see some of these issues yourself. The best electricians know how to comply with local standards so the inspections should be straightforward. Some of the things inspectors look for include but are not limited to: 

  • Damaged or frayed wires 
  • Cords are in good conditions and do not show wear and tear 
  • Correct wires are used 
  • Circuit breakers are properly sized 
  • Ensure circuit breaker boxes are not overloaded 
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters are wired correctly 
  • Wiring to the electrical panel is properly grounded 
  • House is compliant with branch-circuit voltage limitations 
  • All conductors of a circuit are grouped together 
  • Switches in wet or damp locations are properly installed in weatherproof enclosures
  • All appliances are grounded 
  • Wiring is suitable for current capacity 
  • Outlets are properly spaced 
  • All light fixtures have diffusers installed 


The list goes on! At Wire Craft, our experienced electricians can take the load off your shoulders and make sure your electrical systems are up to local Washington codes. More importantly, your home will be much safer with compliant, up-to-date electrical systems.