You’re a Realtor and shortly after closing, your buyer calls to tell you the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) was just at their door demanding to inspect the new basement wiring…
and the ESA is upset because multiple requests for inspection have gone unanswered. The new owner – your client has been informed they have 7 days to open up the finished basement to afford a rough-in inspection of all the wiring and will have to submit to a final inspection, after the basement is put back together.
Your client, the new homeowner has seven days to comply, or the electric service to the house will be disconnected! I don’t know… could this be worse if it was your listing? Or double trouble if you double-ended the deal?
Turns out there was a permit issued for the electrical work performed during the basement renovation, but in the hustle and bustle of an unexpected move - and a quick closing, the inspections got lost in the drift.
We could argue responsibility and liability (among the seller, the buyer, one or two Realtors, the real estate lawyers, maybe the electrical contractor and the home inspector) until the cows come home – but before this happens to you, let me tell you about an easier way.
Obtain an ESA Certificate of Acceptance
If the Seller’s electrical work has been reviewed and passed, ESA will issue a Certificate of Acceptance to the person who filed the notification. It’s an important document for legal and insurance purposes, resale and peace of mind. If a contractor filed the notification, ask for a copy of the certificate for your records. You can also call 1-877-ESA-SAFE (372-7233) to request a copy.
“Ask the right questions and make the right calls.”
Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.