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FHA appraisal, no bathroom electrical outlets.

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ccooper

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Appraising 10 year old home selling FHA. In process of testing circuits and GFCIs I noticed neither of the spare bedroom baths (2) had electrical outlets. Average quality construction with pedastool sinks, toilet and tub-shower but no electrical outlets. At first I automatically decided this was functional obsolescence, but now I'm having my doubts and second guessing myself. 4150.2 quotes "electricity must be available for lighting and for equipment used in the living unit". My electric tooth brush is equipment. I'm leaning toward functional obsolescence. Probably less than $200 cost to cure. Is this a minor item in your humble opinion? Thanks in advance for your response.
 
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Can't imagine a bathroom without outlets, not 'normal'. I would think the typical buyer would agree.

I think I would state the situation and put in a cost to cure. From there, the DEU can decide what to do about it. I would suggest or recommend it but not state it as necessary.
 

Farm Gal

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ccooper:

Did you by chance specifically look at the light fixtures to see if an outlet might be located there?

It would probably not be GFI protected, but might be even at that!

In significantly older homes it is not uncommon to have the outlet for shaver located on a light-fixture, but is atypical in a more modern home such as you describe.

I also would indicate it as being atypical for the house age and like Pam, would reccomend, not require the repair. On the other hand can you imagine a electrical cord running from another room, laid on the floor, to run Ms. Teenyboppers hairdrier, curling iron, toothbrush, and 8O .
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Outlets are not a requirement but if they are there they need to be operating. I am with the ladies...stupid design but not a HUD requirement. Check the light fixtures!
 
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