Equipotential bonding and Elecsa certificate

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I'm a little confused. You initially wrote ...
OK now for the problem. The Mrs is not amused cos the new electrician wants the ''unsightly'' green/yellow earth lead to run externally from where the water supply enters the house round to the gas meter which is on the opposite corner of the property.
... but then it subsequently emerged that ...
.... Only found all this out cos we're selling the house,
As a matter of curiosity, why is your other half concerned about the appearance of a house that you're selling?

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As a matter of curiosity, why is your other half concerned about the appearance of a house that you're selling?

Answered earlier in thread.

Final outcome - Test should have been done every 5 years so I have paid for the updated certificate. I had the last test over 9 years ago which is naughty. If I'd had the test say, 2-3 or 4 years ago I certainly would have refused to do another. Thanks for all your help. All sorted now I hope.
 
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Final outcome - Test should have been done every 5 years so I have paid for the updated certificate. I had the last test over 9 years ago which is naughty. If I'd had the test say, 2-3 or 4 years ago I certainly would have refused to do another. Thanks for all your help. All sorted now I hope.
Legally here is no should about it, but some recommend a test every 10 years not 5. You have allowed yourself to be ripped off at a time when money is crucial. As I keep saying the convention is for the buyer to commission and pay for any surveys he/she wants including electrical.
 
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Answered earlier in thread.
Sort-of, so fair enough! You said that the buyer (who is a friend of your wife0 who would prefer not to have a visiblelength of G/Y cable, but yor original post seemed to imply that it was yiouy wife herself who was not happy with the idea.

It seems that the problem has now gone away (which is obviously good) but, as I explained, there wouldn't have been a problem (as regards the cable colour), anyway - as I explained, there is NOT a regulatory requirement for the cable to be G/Y throughout it's length (only at the very ends), so that, if necessary, it could have been any colour that was preferred.

I actually did exactly this myself as a 'temporary' (for a few years) measure. The need arose for a new 'earth wire', the internal routing of which would have required the lifting of floor coverings and floorboards in several rooms. As a 'temporary' measure (until the floors had to come up for other reasons), I therefore routed the (green/yellow) externally, on the outside of the house, but covered the entire visible length (about 20 metres) in brick-coloured heatshrink - and then, a few years later, shifted it back into 'internal'.

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Legally here is no should about it, but some recommend a test every 10 years not 5. You have allowed yourself to be ripped off at a time when money is crucial. As I keep saying the convention is for the buyer to commission and pay for any surveys he/she wants including electrical.
Whilst what you say about the legalities is correct, I don't think the OP has been 'ripped off'. As I understand it, he offered to have an "up-to-date" EICR undertaken as a favour/gesture for the buyer, a family friend who is "having a bad time". I wouldn't personally call that 'being ripped off'
 
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Whilst what you say about the legalities is correct, I don't think the OP has been 'ripped off'. As I understand it, he offered to have an "up-to-date" EICR undertaken as a favour/gesture for the buyer, a family friend who is "having a bad time". I wouldn't personally call that 'being ripped off'
OK. But it seems to be coming common for buyers solicitors to ask the vendor for an EICR and the vendors falling for it.

I don't trust solicitors but they are sometimes a necessary evil.
 
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You can ask to see his membership card. If he willingly produces it to you note down his name and number and contact the relevant association to confirm he is a current member covered by their scheme. Genuine people will have no objections, those that do need to be avoided.
You can go on line to verify their status.
 
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eems to be coming common for buyers solicitors to ask the vendor for an EICR and the vendors falling for it.

More often it is insurers advising buyers that a report on the state of the electrical installation should be provided by the vendor if the buyer wants to be sure of getting affordable insurance for the property.
 
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OK. But it seems to be coming common for buyers solicitors to ask the vendor for an EICR and the vendors falling for it.
Not in my experience, but maybe they sometimes 'try it on'. I've certainly never heard of the buyer's side expecting the seller to pay for a structural survey or any of the usual 'searches', so I don't see why they would think they could get away with it for an EICR.

As I always say, even when as potential buyer commissions (and pays for) an EICR, we always make it very clear that the asking price relates to the property 'as it is' (including our having a rough idea of what electrical work might be necessary or desirable), so that if they are thinking of trying to use an EICR as a means of negotiation a price reduction, they are going to be disappointed!

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More often it is insurers advising buyers that a report on the state of the electrical installation should be provided by the vendor if the buyer wants to be sure of getting affordable insurance for the property.
I can't say I've heard of that one, either, but if an EICR is required by a buyer to 'ensure' that they will be able to get 'affordable insurance for the property', then I would certainly say that it is for the buyer to pay for such an EICR!

If I were the vendor faced with such a request/'demand', I would simply tell the prospective buyer that it was up to them to decide (with the assistance of whatever advice/inspections/surveys) whether or not they wanted to buy the property, but that there was no way in which I was going to pay for things to help them to make that decision!

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I should have said "should be enabled / allowed by the vendor".
Oh, sure, but that goes for any sort of survey/inspection that a prospective buyer wants to commission (and pay for) - and it would be very unusual (as well as strange and counter-productive) for a vendor to obstruct ('not allow') any such inspection. However, as I wrote, I don't think it would be reasonable to ask or expect a vendor to pay for any of them.

Furthermore, some of the more cautious/suspicious of buyers might be hesitant to 'trust' an EICR (or any other type of inspection/survey) which had been organised (and paid for) by the vendor!

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