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electrics and conformity

Posted by paulnat - Created: 6 years ago
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Posted by Ras-214972 - 6 years ago

If the apartment is not recently built, it is very common that the electrics are not up to modern standard. As you can imagine, when the apartment was first built, there wasn't the need for everything that we expect to have now.
Usually this means that you will be missing earth connections, and you'll find that the electrics have probably been added to with extensions, new sockets etc that were retrofitted in a way that is inevitably not the way it ought to be done.
At the end of it all, it would be required to re-wire the entire apartment. Obviously that is a lot of work, as all the cables etc are hidden in the floor and walls, so it is not likely that someone will have done this.
Clearly though, even making allowances for the older standard of electrics, it is possible that the particular apartment could worse than it should be compared to other similar aged apartments, and that is what you need to determine.
If you are doing a full renovation anyway, you could do the extra electrical work, and so factor that into your price/budget. If you are buying an apartment already renovated or nicely done, that you weren't planning on doing much work to, then you are going to have to live with the electrics in their current state.

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Posted by nissalabella - 6 years ago

Unfortunately, your agent is right! The only thing you're supposed to officially know thru the obligatory diagnostics is the state of the electricity in the place you buy, so you know if you have to alter it or not. BTW, this is a point of discussion with you and the seller thru the agent hence a good argument for a possible reduction in price... unless you have already signed a "compromis de vente" but still baring in mind that you have 7 full days after to get out of it...
Hope this helps,
N.