(I'm clueless about electricity... actually it sort of scares me, so this is all Greek to me).
Question - I'm in the process of selling an older(1950's) home. The home inspection was Friday, and I got the buyers' laundry list Saturday afternoon. One of the things they are asking for is GFCI's to be installed in the bathrooms. (This is in Baltimore County, if that makes a difference). I know that I've heard that these are required if a bathroom is renovated, but are they required in one that hasn't been? The only thing I've done in the past 20+ years to the bathroom was to paint, and have a new vanity installed. There is currently a two prong outlet near the sink in the hall bath. I saw a couple of sites online that says these can be GFI'd, but that they won't have an equipment ground (whatever that is).
In the basement bathroom (truly in the basement, not like it's a powder room), the only outlet at all is one that is built into an old medicine cupboard.
I don't want to lose the sale, and am willing to do what's legally requited, but am trying to find out if these are *required* or just desirable. The home inspection report just says "recommend bathroom electrical outlet be replaced with GFCI type outlet". There are a number of other items in the laundry list that to me fall in the "it would be nice" category (repair cracked tiles on bathroom wall), but don't affect habitability of the house, and I'm trying to figure if it's easier to just offer some additional money at settlement and let them have the work done themselves. I guess I'll spend the day on the phone tomorrow getting estimates.