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 has changed. From 1st January 2021 any properties rented out require an electrical condition report. This is a 5 yearly check.
There is currently not any law in place for properties not rented out to have an EICR (Electrical Installation Conditon Report) carried out. But we would still recomend it for every property.
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 £120.00 plus VAT for 1 bed flat. As a guideline, an average 3-bed house would cost around £160.00 plus VAT.
Remember, just because you’ve never had any problems, it doesn’t always mean that your electrics are safe.