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illegal electrical work has to fix before tenants move in! help!

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by samiam, 12th Oct, 2016.

  1. samiam

    samiam Well-Known Member

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    so the fun of holding the investment property began!!
    Our tenants (previous sellers) are moving out of the property and Engerex has attended to disconnect the electricity and reported a major concern. Apparently the electrical connection was done illegally and has to fix it before next tenants moving in (next week). I just talked to electrician who inspected the main switch and advised me that major work need to be done is not only for main switch but may be also the whole house (may have to rip off whole electrical system and rewire everything) and quoting at least a couple of thousands of dollars for switch and the rest of the house in an open quote. He also said this should have been picked up at routine B&P but we did not see anything regards to this in our B&P.
    anyway, I am hoping to get the second quote. I dont want to go ahead with an open quote! Appreciate if you could share me the contacts of any electricians. Thanks so much!
    @wylie
    @Bran
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  2. Bran

    Bran Well-Known Member

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    I share the same electrican as @wylie and have been very happy. I'll let her share first. PM me if you don't hear back. I've felt a bit guilty when his bills come back as less than I think he's worth.

    My last IP buy I literally rang him and said - hey, can you wander through and fix any electrical bits and replace the fittings as you see fit? He wandered through, bought all the gear at bunnings, replaced everything, and still cost me less than 1000 bucks. I just left him a key
     
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    I like the sound Bran's and Wylie's sparky.. Sounds very honest with his pricing, hopefully quality work.

    The sparky I've been using has progressively increased his rate with each property thinking I'm a rich landlord (he's very mistaken). Over $1000 to comply with energex's reconnection which was less than 4hours work and required hardly any materials..
     
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    Won't help you now, but for others here I highly recommend getting dedicated electrical and plumbing inspections done in addition to B&P. B&P reports always note for electrical / plumbing aspects that getting a qualified (specialist) tradesperson to consult is recommended.

    Due to a minor concern about gas safety and some issues in the B&P, I decided to get a dedicated plumbing inspection done. Found that the plumbing was not to council regulations/building code and hence a $4000 quote to bring it up to the appropriate standard. Used that assessment to knock $6000 off the purchase price.
     
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    What is actually the major issue with the main switch and wiring. Is the install a single phase or three phase installation.
     
  6. Bran

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    "My" guy will sort you out. PM sent. No other PMs please. I give out one secret per year.
     
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    Can you divulge any more information about what is to done?

    How old is the house?

    Licenced sparky here.
     
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    :oops: but... but....
     
  9. samiam

    samiam Well-Known Member

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    sorry to see your message late.
    property is in brisbane. post-war house. actually main switch was non-compliant, so have to change the switch. cost almost arm and leg but at least fixed in time before the tenants move in.
    nice to know the sparky from Newcastle! May need your help in future
     
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    Off topic. Do you know any good bathroom renovator in Newcastle?
     
  11. samiam

    samiam Well-Known Member

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    I'd like to know that too thanks
     
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    beertank23 Well-Known Member

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    A new 80 amp main switch would cost me less than $20 and about 30 minutes to fit, if the main switch isn't compliant, I'd imagine that would be the least of your problems in an old board (ceramic fuses, non-compliant main earths, water pipe bonds, vir cable etc etc) and look *most* of the time these things are fine left as is (except vir cable which is a huge fire risk), however why not spend a thousand bucks and keep yourself out of the coroners court!

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    I do not know a good bathroom renovator in Newcastle,I can help yall out with almost any other trades, just private message me.
     
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    It won't be a rewire for 2k, that is for sure.

    Electrical and plumbing etc are not part of any B&P, you would have to get them to do separate checks if wanting to know about each.

    Basically, expect to spend some money on each and every purchase, there is always something :)
     
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    Sorry to hear, the same thing happens to me with a Logan property. I had to pay the 2k for a re wire.
    Very had to find this close to Christmas, what are you looking to get done ?