I’m a homeowner in the process of selling my house. The buyer has, at the recommendation of his agent and home inspector, added an amendment to the offer stating:
“The owner agrees to order an ESA general inspection of the premises and correct any and all deficiencies noted in the inspection report before closing.”
I am fairly confident that the electrical in my home is “up to scratch” - we had a CG renovate our basement about 6 years ago and his electrician upgraded our service from 60 to 100AMP, relocated the panel, ran all new wiring for the basement as well as added several new circuits for the existing kitchen. The electrical was inspected at that time, but for whatever reason there is no ESA sticker on the panel which is part of what incited the home inspector to prompt this amendment to the offer.
Two other items that were found during the home inspection which also lead to the ESA amendment were:
- double-tapped circuit in the pony-panel (our “old” panel became a pony-panel when the electrical service was upgrade & relocated)
- kitchen receptacle for the fridge is not a dedicated circuit
My concern is that, by signing the amendment as-is, while fairly confident in my electrical, I feel like I could be signing a blank cheque (yes, this is a Canadian post ). I’ve never seen an ESA inspection report and don’t know what may be classified as a “deficiency” (to use the word from the amendment) - will it only include items that are “wrong”? Or could it cite a deficiency as I don’t have receptacles every 6’? My home is approximately 55 years old…
Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thanks.