When did you last have your electrics tested?
The recommendation is that the electrics within every home should be tested every 5 years.
Why should your electrics be tested, even if you’ve never had any problems?
It’s important that all electrical installations are regularly inspected to ensure that any deficiencies or deterioration of the installation is observed. Think of it as an MOT for your electrics. You may never have had any problems, but your electrics can still be unsafe. Remember, electricity can be dangerous.
Is it law?
The law on electrical testing in rental properties is changing shortly. From 1st July 2020 any properties newly tenanted will require an electrical condition report & from 1st April 2021 all existing tenanted properties will need to comply as well.
There is currently no law that says you have to have a privately lived in property tested and made safer. However, we would always recommend that an electrical test is carried out at least every 5 years, if the property has never been tested it's possible that work may be needed, but we will never recommend work that isn't required.
We often get asked to test properties when a vendor is buying a property, so if you're thinking of selling, it may be worth getting ahead of the game!
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What is done during a test?
The periodic inspection is split into 2 parts. Firstly, we carry out a visual inspection, this would involve looking at the existing installation including removing about 20% of accessories to look behind them and verify its general condition, age and compliance with the regulations.
Secondly, we carry out physical tests on the cabling, to ensure its condition and correct wiring, 4 to 5 different tests in total depending on the installation.
On completion, we will issue you with a certificate for the test. It would detail the circuits tested and the relevant test results. We would also list any items we found that are deemed unsafe or do not comply with current regulations.
What does it cost?
We charge from £100.00 plus VAT for 1 bed flat. As a guideline, an average 3-bed house would cost around £150.00 plus VAT.
Remember, just because you’ve never had any problems, it doesn’t always mean that your electrics are safe.