That is certainly true in my neighborhood. There are still quite a few
short sales and foreclosures, all of which are listed for significantly
less as-is than the other houses for sale. And there are at least 2-3
others identical to mine (1950's end of group row house)within about a 4
block radius. , and even more that are inside groups. And since I'm not
living there, and am juggling two mortgages, I'm not going to quibble
over too much! (Well except for the part where they want me to replace
some cracked tiles on the bathroom wall. My contractor said that's
asking for problems, that it'll go from 8 tiles to their neighbors and
will end up with a bunch of tiles, none of which will match the
originals. OTOH, the buyer didn't specify they have to match!)
BTW, called an electrician from a company that had done work there
before. He quoted $125 over the phone. He'll check to see if there is a
ground. If not he also mentioned that it could be attached to the water
pipe. Thanks for the help. It was such a relief to hear it would not be
some thousand dollar type of repair! Onward and upward to where they
want an unused sidewalk removed. And the chimney waterproofed.
Fix the easy / cheap ones.
The GFI can be done by a reasonable competent preson; turn off the
power to the receptacle & swap if for a GFI recepetacle.
Running a ground wire to the nearest water pipe is pretty much a hack
solution. My suggestion; if no ground at box, install & "sticker" the
Negotiate some dollars to be held in the escrow acct to pay for some
of the disputed items (chimney waterproofing & sidewalk
removal) ...don't want to be fixing the laundry list prior to sale &
have the buyer back out.
re: "The GFI can be done by a reasonable competent person; turn off
the power to the receptacle & swap if for a GFI recepetacle. "
That's assuming the GFCI fits in the original box. My house was built
in '56 and getting GFCI's into some of the original work boxes was
either difficult or impossible.
........and a reasonably competent person would be able to figure this
btw some of the currently available GFI's are a bit smaller than
first generation GFI's and are an easier install
getting first generation GFI's into (1980) metal "old work" was tough
re: "...and a reasonably competent person would be able to figure this
Right, except that you never mentioned that in your earlier post.
You listed the steps required to swap it, without any caveats, which
is why I brought it up.
Keep in mind that the OP also mentioned a receptacle in a medicine
cupboard, which also might present an space problem.
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