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    • loveka
    • By loveka 19th Apr 17, 11:15 AM
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    Buyer wants us to pay for electric survey before exchange
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    • 19th Apr 17, 11:15 AM
    Buyer wants us to pay for electric survey before exchange 19th Apr 17 at 11:15 AM
    I thought it was up to the buyer to pay for this?

    It has been requested because her survey found that 1 light fitting is not unearthed. I don't know if the surveyor tested any others.

    Thanks.
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    • Surrey_EA
    • By Surrey_EA 19th Apr 17, 11:23 AM
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    Your buyer can ask you to pay for it, and it's up to you to decide whether you wish to or not. If you do not want to pay for it then the buyer needs to decide whether they wish to pay for it themselves or proceed without an electrical test.

    Almost all surveys will recommend having an electrical inspection of some kind, as surveyors are not trained electricians, and cannot verify the condition of the electrics.
    • tykesi
    • By tykesi 19th Apr 17, 11:31 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 11:31 AM
    I thought it was up to the buyer to pay for this?

    It has been requested because her survey found that 1 light fitting is not unearthed. I don't know if the surveyor tested any others.

    Thanks.
    Originally posted by loveka
    So it is earthed then?
    2017 in 2017 - 1974.69
    • kingstreet
    • By kingstreet 19th Apr 17, 11:33 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 11:33 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 11:33 AM
    If you pay for it, or at least agree to go halves, you can get a copy of the report for other potential buyers to use, just in case the current buyers pull-out.
    I am a mortgage broker. You should note that this site doesn't check my status as a Mortgage Adviser, so you need to take my word for it. This signature is here as I follow MSE's Mortgage Adviser Code of Conduct. Any posts on here are for information and discussion purposes only and shouldn't be seen as financial advice. Please do not send PMs asking for one-to-one-advice, or representation.
    • stator
    • By stator 19th Apr 17, 11:33 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 11:33 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 11:33 AM
    Tell the buyer to pay for it themselves.
    If you pay for it they will ask you to pay for something else.
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    • loveka
    • By loveka 19th Apr 17, 11:47 AM
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    So it is earthed then?
    Originally posted by tykesi
    No, it's not earthed. Aurocorrect.
    • davidmcn
    • By davidmcn 19th Apr 17, 12:06 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 12:06 PM
    I'm surprised their surveyor went as far as checking the lightfitting for an earth. Normally they only comment on electrical defects if something is obviously hanging off the wall etc.
    • n217970
    • By n217970 19th Apr 17, 12:57 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 12:57 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 12:57 PM
    How has this surveyor come to the conclusion the fitting is unearthed? Has he removed the fitting from the ceiling/wall and checked the wiring? Besides if the fitting is double insulated (if it is modernish it probably is) then an earth is not required.

    Let the buyer know you are happy for them to have the electrics surveyed at their cost.

    If you do pay for it, employ your own surveyor, not the one they want.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 19th Apr 17, 1:30 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 1:30 PM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 1:30 PM
    I'm surprised their surveyor went as far as checking the lightfitting for an earth. Normally they only comment on electrical defects if something is obviously hanging off the wall etc.
    Originally posted by davidmcn
    Indeed. Surveyors are not electricians and don't test electrics. Have you actually seen the report? The buyer might just be saying the survey said this in order to demand you pay for an electrical inspection..........

    Whatever, either

    * offer to pay half, if you think the report might be useful to you (eg for a subsequent buyer), or

    * offer to allow access for an electrician the buyer instructs/pays for himself.
    • Clutterfree
    • By Clutterfree 19th Apr 17, 9:14 PM
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    Also, unless the house has recently been rewired then it is highly unlikely to conform to current regulations.
    Electrical regulations change all the time.
    We sold our home 8 months ago and I asked my electrician husband to do an electrical certificate. He refused because, even though the electrics were perfectly safe, they would not conform to current regulations and would probably panic any potential buyers.
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