I’m under contract selling my home, and during the inspection it was discovered that my outlets were not grounded, and the buyer requested I fix this. I thought they meant to bring it up to code by installing GFCI outlets or breakers, so I agreed. It turns out that they want the entire house rewired to have the outlets physically grounded. It’s the difference between a $100 repair and a $10,000 repair, and I don’t think it’s necessary. If the more expensive option were actually required, I’d probably go ahead and do it, but I view this as a luxury.
I’ve explained this to the buyer and offered to cover $1500 of closing costs because of the misunderstanding, and because that is roughly what I expect to spend putting the house back on the market. I don’t want to cancel the sale, but I think it is unreasonable to expect me to spend 5 figures when a few hundred bucks will satisfy the NEC and local codes.
Am I being unreasonable?
The buyer’s threatening to sue if I don’t make the repairs. I’m going to cave and pay for the full grounding. So I’m out the money, and now I’m not sure if I’ll have the down payment for my new home because of the difference. Maybe I should post this in r/tifu.
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