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Hi, I am trying to help my parents get new home owners insurance. I was asked the following questions: 1. What type of electrical wires are there in the home? 2. When were the electrical & plumbing last updated ? I have no idea where to find the information. Can anyone help? This is a single family home in California, built in 1950. After speaking to others on the web, I found the answer. You will need to contact the local city building or zoning, possibly the tax assessors to determine age of structure. Some homes built in that time period could have aluminum wiring which was phased out later in the building codes as electrical wiring. If a permit was ever pulled for work to be done on the house , there would be a record of that. So first step is contact local building or permit section of your local government (city, village etc). You contact a plumber and electrician for an estimate to upgrade and this may cost you nothing. Things to remember: Do not ask about anything unrelated to those areas, allow the person to look at what he or she needs to to give you a fair evaluation. Do not commit to anything but do say” I am looking to get a loan to do this work and need to know approximate cost”.

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