A few years ago, a client was required to legalize her sun room prior to closing. We knew about it; we disclosed it, but then we had to do it! I had suggested a wonderful architect in the area who has both plumbers and electricians with whom he works on a routine basis…and it would have been a one time fee, a one stop shop. My client had her own electrician, and after speaking with her attorney, he suggested she call another architect who he knew. She decided to go her own route which was fine. My architect knew the people at city hall, but it was her prerogative to use who she wanted. After all, it was her money. I called 2 weeks later and asked how she was doing…she replied that while the architect had quoted a lesser fee, the other costs had not been included, and sure enough, they were mounting up and becoming more than the architect’s fees who I had suggested.
She was going to change architects to utilize the one I recommended. Great.However, she then went on to say that she wanted to use her electrician – she knew him well…and he said that she would have to upgrade her entire electrical system…and it would cost $4300. WOW! Had she stated $2000 I don’t think I would have said anything, but $4300?
My client was a very lovely, 76 year old and I sensed foul play here…I asked that we just allow my architect’s electrician in for a second opinion before she did anything. She agreed. The result was that per New Rochelle code requirements, NO upgrade was required (it would be nice but not necessary to get the C/O – Certificate of Occupancy), and ‘perhaps’ all that was required was a new switch plate. Cost - ZERO.
I had already obtained multiple bids for her home, and so I was thrilled that I had further helped her. Speak to your real estate professional whenever you need some help within your home. They might work with people that they can recommend – and the call is free!
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Posted by: Gay E. Rosen