I have been down at the reno house today with the electrician and have left a little despondent. The wiring in the place is pure dodge and while we knew and guessed there would be some "unusual" home handyman , trust me I'm an electrician, stuff happening, the real electrician has left exhausted. Nearly all the wiring has had to be redone (yes, job was 4 times the anticipated). One fan had so much wiring and cable links that it appears the previous owner may have just kept trying with cables until the fan worked! One job lead to another that exposed more and more noncompliant cables and wires.
Then I rang the solar company to check the price (or maybe even the chance of exchanging) the indoor inverter for an outdoor one and found that the house is not registered for the number of solar panels it actually has. Alarm bells have been raised and now the company is wanting to (demanding may not be too harsh a word) come out and check the situation saying that only a specifically licensed contracted can
a. fit the panels
b. add a panel
c. fit the inverter
d. move the inverter
e. change an indoor to outdoor converter
f. connect the system onto the grid
g. all panels need to be registered with energex.
Yep, two situations that will lead to more $$$'s going out. A very good safe situation will follow for the tenants but then again, they will never know the danger they may have potentially been in. No wonder there were 3 smoke detectors in the house.
So, today's lessons are...
During the due diligence phase, get a check done on any solar additions to the property.
Call in an electrician to give a quote to add some lights and fans. This way they can get into the
roof space and hopefully alert you to any obvious suspect electrical work. While the building inspection did highlight one area the true issue was much bigger.
Remember to leave a buffer in your reno calculations to cover potentially costly surprises.