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Linda Hardwick

Is seller required to use licensed electrician for minor electrical repairs

If the buyer is requesting minor electrical (GFCI outlets in kitchen). Is a licensed electrician required according to 7F on the contract?

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Is seller required to use licensed electrician for minor electrical repairs

By Linda Hardwick   
Posted on Sep 02, 2019 in Topic: Realtor Only
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If the buyer is requesting minor electrical (GFCI outlets in kitchen). Is a licensed electrician required according to 7F on the contract?
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Cagdas Acar
about 2 weeks ago
Hi Linda,

It depends how you write it up in the amendment for repairs. My opinion the repair you mentioned does not require a licensed electrician. I would write it up as a qualified person need to do the repairs. A licensed or unlicensed electrician could be in that category.

Regards,

Cagdas Acar


about 2 weeks ago
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Victoria Bills
about 2 weeks ago
Yes, there needs to be a permit pulled. Use only a state licensed electrician, and inspected by the city or county depending on the area when the work is done. The permit needs to be finalized. If this is not done properly your sellers could be held liable if anything goes south. Not to mention the buyer will not have an obligation to close if they ask for the finalized permits and the sellers can not produce them. This is all public information online now so you can’t lie or the sellers cannot lie about this. Tip: There is a list online of contractors to not use from consumer complaints.


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Planing and permitting course with Bill Baldwin HAR offers.

about 2 weeks ago
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Wendy Johnson
about 2 weeks ago
It's recommended that a licensed person does electrical repairs but it really depends on how this is phrased in the amendment. Both parties should really want someone 'licensed' to touch electrical in a home if it involves anything beyond changing a light bulb. You don't want a handyman or the current homeowner doing repairs that may not be up to code and can pose possible issues down the road.


about 2 weeks ago
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Moreen Dieden
about 2 weeks ago
Once it is under contract you should used a licensed electrician to do repairs. That is why I suggest sellers do these minor repairs before it is entered in the MLS. Then it can be done by the homeowner.

Moreen Dieden
Red Door Realty
MoreenSells@gmail.com
832-527-1000



about 2 weeks ago
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Doris Snipp
about 2 weeks ago
Yes


about 2 weeks ago
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Mark McNitt
about 2 weeks ago
Hi Linda,

The contract does say repairs to be performed by licensed professionals. Electricians are licensed so I would say the answer is yes unless the amendment agreeing to make repairs says Seller to perform the repair themselves. Of course, the Buyers signs off on this.

I don't recommend my Sellers do this for liability reasons down the road. Hire a professional. If there is a problem, you can deflect to the licensed party that made the repair.

Mark McNitt
MarkKnowsHouston.com
832-567-4357
Bernstein Realty


about 2 weeks ago
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Penny Clissold
about 1 week ago
Yes ! It states in the 1-4 that all repairs have to be done by a licensed contractor. You can however negotiate this but it should be in writing .


about 1 week ago
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Mary Jackson
about 3 days ago
I would say YES! If money is an issue, go to Yelp, and request free estimates from different companies.




about 3 days ago
Disclaimer: Answers provided are just opinions and should not be accepted as advice.
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