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    Default How flexible to be when your buyer asks for work based on survey?

    We're moving and the buyer of our modern house (just over 10 years old) had a visual inspection done on the electrics which threw up issues with the RCDs. They are saying they need to be replaced for safety and are quoting ~£500 to fit a new consumer unit which my buyer is asking us to get done.

    Apart from the price seeming steep and the fact I'm not sure if this is all required or about bringing it up to current regs, I've not been in this position. Is it the kind of thing a seller would expect to do as a matter of course, or would refuse, or what? Is there an etiquette here?

    (If anyone's up on these things I can give the techy details if they're interested)
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    Up to you I reckon.
    We had the same thing in the house we bought 2 years ago, but it was 45 years old with wire fuses, so we kind of expected it.
    Inspector flagged it as something that would fail an inspection now and recommended we get it done - but not something to stop the sale.
    For the £135 it cost us to have it done, I wasn't really that bothered about speaking to the seller, we just got it done after the purchase.

    £500 seems bloody extortionate though to fit a consumer unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacjac View Post
    £500 seems bloody extortionate though to fit a consumer unit.
    Indeed. Not 100% if they want to fit a separate RCD or replace the whole fusebox but I think the latter. Even so I quick look at Screwfix suggested about £100.

    I'm slightly concerned they are using cheap inspections (£90) to generate work at high prices.
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    unless its actively dangerous then its their problem unless you are short of buyers.

    taking the mick IMHO.
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    unless its actively dangerous then its their problem unless you are short of buyers.

    taking the mick IMHO.
    This is what I'm trying to figure out. They raised a few points all around the RCD/consumer unit but some are simply "not up to current regs" which is a non-issue (no RCD for lights and smoke alarms is an example).

    The safety issue reported was that the RCD is tripping overly sensitively and there was a slight earth leakage. The required action was a new RCD trip-switch but what they've then quoted for is a complete new consumer unit. They have to report this to the local council, etc, which might explain why it's a bigger job.

    What I'm unsure about (amongst other things) is whether they're allowed to just fix the specific issue, or have to bring the system up to current regs once they touch it, which would mean a new consumer unit (I think).
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    This is what I'm trying to figure out. They raised a few points all around the RCD/consumer unit but some are simply "not up to current regs" which is a non-issue (no RCD for lights and smoke alarms is an example).

    The safety issue reported was that the RCD is tripping overly sensitively and there was a slight earth leakage. The required action was a new RCD trip-switch but what they've then quoted for is a complete new consumer unit. They have to report this to the local council, etc, which might explain why it's a bigger job.

    What I'm unsure about (amongst other things) is whether they're allowed to just fix the specific issue, or have to bring the system up to current regs once they touch it, which would mean a new consumer unit (I think).
    Get your own electrician in to have a look and advise you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueEllen View Post
    Get your own electrician in to have a look and advise you.

    Hassle but then you will know if they are pulling the wool over your eyes.
    This +1.

    Then you can stop all the Stevie Wondering about it and furthermore bothering us with such trivial nonsense.

    £500?

    I don't get out of bed for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMarkyMark View Post
    I don't get out of bed for that
    Yes NLYUK says for £250 you might get bored after the 5th suitor but for £500 you last all night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMarkyMark View Post
    This +1.

    Then you can stop all the Stevie Wondering about it and furthermore bothering us with such trivial nonsense.

    £500?

    I don't get out of bed for that
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