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Mike, Home Buyer in Annandale, NJ

we had our home inspection and found 2 of the wires in the box are aluminum. The rest are copper. I' not sure why the town inspector would have

Asked by Mike, Annandale, NJ Sun Feb 3, 2013

passed the electrical box when it was upgraded. Anyway what would be the best course of action? Are the sellers obligated to fix? Any info would help. Thanks

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As either the buyer or seller, if you are unsure or wary about the wiring being up to electrical code, why not just CALL the building department directly and ask the questions.

Due diligence on both buyer and seller side can help to avoid problems down the road.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 5, 2013
Hi Mike I'm not sure if you are the seller or the buyer but to answer your question if the electric box was upgraded by a licensed electrician and all work was inspected and approved including permits by the Township for the work that was done then you should feel at ease about the inspection . If you are a buyer and it is a concern ask the sellers to correct the issue for you. If you are the seller wait and see if the buyers request that the wiring be changed to copper. If it should be noted as a safety issue in the report , I would offer to have it fixed so that all have peace of mind.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 4, 2013
Hi Mike, No you are not obligated to fix anything. The buyer may ask and the seller can say yes or no. This may cause the buyer to ask for a reduction in the price according to the estimated amount it would take to fix the problem. Or the buyer could just decide not to buy. It's one of those situations where you have to feel what may happen considering all factors such as market demands in the area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 3, 2013
If you want to sell your home you need to fix it or give a credit or risk losing the buyer.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 3, 2013
Sellers are never obligated to fix anything. If you ask and they say no it gives you the option of walking away if so written in the contract. Your Realtor will explain this. Not all wires must be copper but you need to ask a licensed electrician about code violations as codes are different in different areas. I have seen main feed lines of aluminum, are these the 2 you see? If so it could be ok. Seek the advise of an electrician.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 3, 2013
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