wiring backwards in basement, fix it???
My brother is getting ready to sell his home outside of Baltimore and he's noticed that the basement wiring is backwards, probably the result of a remodel some ten years ago. Best he can tell is that the contractor was eastern European, followed the system he was used to back home, and reversed the lines: using white for hot, black for neutral. He also placed a lot of it in conduit oddly enough, as this is a residential home.
As far as he can tell, everything else about the basement wiring is fine. What should he do? Money is very tight for him (wife diagonosed with cancer, lost job, house value under his basis cost, etc) and he would like to ignore the situation and hope it will sell without anyone noticing. He points out his home inspector missed it 10 years ago. My point was that if the home inspector opened up any J-box or the circuit box that he would notice the reversed colors and blow the whistle. But that checking the circuits with the usual cheapo plugin circuit tester would show all is fine.
Is there any easy fix? Is it a safety hazard? What would you do if you were selling this house?