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Chond, Other/Just Looking in Palo Alto, CA

Is relocating the garage door opener considered an electric repair in Seller Check list?

Asked by Chond, Palo Alto, CA Wed Feb 17, 2010

Is relocating the garage door opener considered an electric repair in Seller Check list?

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If I were you, I would include it, just to be safe. There wouldn't be anything wrong with leaving it on even if it doesn't need to be. But if it does but isn't then you can run into some issues. Electrical work was done, and if there was anything wrong with the original then it's a repair. I would put it on.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 16, 2015
It definitely could be. You had to move around wiring, so technically, the electrical working was altered in some way. I think it could definitely be seen as a repair. I would suggest including it just to avoid any trouble if nothing else. The buyers probably won't care that much anyway.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 11, 2015
I would personally consider it an electrical repair. You are going to have to deal with the electronics in order to repair the garage door opener. Even though it is a mechanical issue, a lot of people would consider it electric. I hope that you're able to get it repaired though. http://www.dsidoorservices.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 8, 2015
I would think that it would go under this list, especially since it doesn't really belong under any other category. I would definitely say that if you are missing the opener, you should probably get it replaced soon. If you are trying to sell your home, this can be a setback and you should probably repair it soon! http://www.js-garagedoors-va.com/services-repairs.asp
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Nov 7, 2014
I would imagine that it would be. In my opinion you should disclose as much to the seller as possible. This could save you from a future lawsuit! If you need to do any garage work, these guys have worked great for me! http://www.americasgaragedoors.com/daytona--fl.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 27, 2014
Yes, I am pretty sure that this would be considered an electric repair. If you need to move the garage door opener though, it's best to do it now. It will make everything so much more convenient in the long run. Good luck selling your home. http://www.allproqgd.com/services/
Flag Sat Mar 21, 2015
I agree with you guys, it sounds like it would be considered an electric repair. I would talk to your realtor before you sell though to make sure that you filled out the checklist correctly. When we sold our house, we had to completely replace the motor for our garage door. We ended up putting it down as an electric repair. http://www.goldcoastdoorcentre.com.au
Flag Tue Feb 3, 2015
I think it would be considered an electrical job, not repair. I'm sure you can find an electrician that can help you move your garage door opener to a better place. It should be pretty easy depending on where you want to move it. http://www.midsouthdoor.com
Flag Wed Jan 21, 2015
Best to always air on side of caution. Recommend confer with your listing agent

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 24, 2010
I agree, when it comes to garage door repairs, it is always best to include it just in case. Simple garage door fixes that can be easily repaired are a lot easier to deal with than ones that require a garage door repair service. Just make sure the buyer is informed on all the repairs!
Flag Fri Sep 19, 2014
I know this is an old question, but I get these types of questions from sellers all the time.

My advice to a seller... as soon as you ask "Do I need to disclose..."
Then I answer yes, you need to disclose. It is better to lean on the side of caution.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 24, 2010
Can't speak to California since real estate laws are probably different. However, in Florida it would most probably be considered an improvement. Question is, why was it relocated and what was the expense?

Brian McGreevy, Broker/Owner
Sarasota Home Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 6, 2010
I don't think relocating the garage door opener needs to be in the seller checklist. You can mention it, but I don't really think it matters too much. If you are worried that you need to put it in just talk to your realtor to see what you need. http://www.garbersofrichmond.com
Flag Fri Mar 20, 2015
Chond, yes I would disclose it that work was done and that you moved it.

It may not fall under the category of Electrical repair, but it should be mentioned somewhere on the disclosures.

Good luck.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 27, 2010
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 17, 2010
It really depends on exactly what was done to relocate the opener. The garage door opener is typically considered a mechanical device, and the lines to the sensors and the activator switch are low voltage lines. As such, garage door openers are installed without permits being required. In my books, simply moving a garage door opener does not constitute an electrical repair.

However, they do operate off of a 110V power source in a normal electrical outlet. If an existing outlet, externally mounted, was relocated a short distance to accommodate moving the door opener, then typically a permit would not be required. If, however, a new circuit was run or a recessed outlet was relocated, then permits would have been in order. Relocating an outlet might be considered a repair. It could also be considered an upgrade, depending on the circumstances. If a new outlet was run to the relocated garage door opener, that could definitely be considered an upgrade.

As you can see, without physically inspecting your property, it is very difficult to give a precise opinion. What did the Property Inspector that you hired to inspect the home have to say about the situation?

These comments constitute an opinion only: if you are trying to assess the scope of a prior owner’s
“repairs” to see if you have recourse due to faulty or fraudulent disclosure – then you need to be talking to an attorney.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 17, 2010
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