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Electrical Checks to Complete Before Buying a House

  • Post published:January 23, 2022
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Did you know that approximately 1.2 million people suffer electrical injuries at home each year? And unfortunately, around 70 people also die?

Our homes should be safe spaces where we can relax and forget about daily worries. Yet, many people neglect the electrical system in their home resulting in a high-risk environment. 

This is even worse for homebuyers who often assume everything is safe until problems arise. When this situation occurs, they can be left injured and with a large bill to pay to get everything fixed. 

That’s why it’s important to get electrical checks before buying a house. Not only can this identify unseen issues but, it ensures you and your families safety. 

So keep reading and we’ll share everything you need to know about these electrical checks that are commonly referred to as an ‘Electrical Installation condition report’ or EICR. 

What Is an Electrical Installation Condition Report? (EICR)

An Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR is teh process whereby a qualified electrician completes an inspection of a property and examines power sources as well as:

  • Sockets
  • Wiring
  • Switches

They do this to identify problems with the electrical system as well as to determine whether everything complies with international safety standards. 

Why Get a EICR Before Buying a Property? 

Would you ever buy a property without seeing it for yourself? Of course not. 

When people view properties, they’re often focusing on the size, space, potential and whether it’s a good fit for them. But, most don’t consider whether the wiring is safe or that all the plug sockets work. 

As a result, they only discover issues after moving in. 

So, if this happens to you, you could have to pay thousands of pounds for the issues to be fixed. That’s why it’s best to identify problems well before you sign a contract. By doing this, you can avoid poorly maintained properties and not have any nasty surprises down the road. 

Who Can Carry Out an Electrical Installation Condition Report?

An EICR can only be carried out by an electrican with a periodic level 3 qualification. This ensures they’re knowledgable and competent about carrying out the test. 

All of our electricians are ELECSA registered and highly experienced. Not only are we competitive on price, but we’ll aim to deliver the report in a short space of time. 

Should I Get an EICR If I Decide to Sell My Property?

It’s not a legal requirement to get one done but, it can save you hassle and make the sale move quickly. If a potential buyer questions whether the electrics are safe, you can show them the report and put their mind at ease. 

Buying a New Home?

If you’re looking at purchasing a property soon, we recommend obtaining an Electrical Installation Condition Report. So call us today and speak to one of our friendly electricians in Milton Keynes who will be able to give more information and book an appointment.