Another 'STW as the fount of all knowledge' thread.
Just had the Home Buyer Report back for a house we are buying (hopefully).
Mostly fine, but the electrics came back as a '3', ie 'Defects that are serious and/or need to be repaired, replaced or investigated urgently.'
The consumer unit can be found at high level within the kitchen cupboard. Where visible, the installation has been wired in plastic covered cable.
The installation appears dated in parts. There are safety deficiencies. For example, some power points are mounted on skirting boards. It is not mandatory to bring an old installation up to modern standards although this is desirable and recommended as a matter of good practice.
The electrical installation should be inspected by a suitably competent person (registered with the Electrical Contractors Association, ECA, or the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting, NICEIC) prior to exchange of contracts. This is considered to be a health and safety risk and should be treated as requiring urgent attention. Repair works could be costly and estimates should be obtained before a commitment to purchase.
We are planning to get someone in to have a look, but are they being a little melodramatic? We had an offer accepted considerable below the asking and I think at fair market value, but should we be looking to get the cost of a full rewire knocked off? I think it's unlikely they would go for it TBH.
I had a look into the sockets on skirting boards issue and opinion seems mixed but many people don't think it's that big a deal.
Any advice welcome - cheers!