There are many different reasons for commissioning an Electrical Report and it is advisable to speak to a qualified electrician so you can decide what type of report you need. The most common one is for a home buyer.
Why would I need a Home Buyer Electrical Report?
It is advisable to check the electrical installations are safe for you and your family before you move in. If you plan to buy a house that is less than 10 years old and has no extensions or very little DIY the electrics are likely to be OK and an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) may be sufficient. If the house has been lived in by someone who is keen on DIY, where there have been renovations, extensions, home improvements and the property is more than 10 years old it is advisable for the electrics to be fully inspected. A qualified electrician will identify any electrical deficiencies and tell you what repairs need to be done straight away and which are less urgent. You can then discuss any cost implications with the electrician.
What about rented properties?
If you are a landlord then you must have the electrics in your property inspected by a qualified electrician to ensure they are suitable. The inspection should be done every 5 years though the electrician may advise a re-inspection sooner. However the inspection has to be done for each new tenancy in case the previous tenant caused any damage to the wiring.
What is a qualified electrician?
It is important that electrical installation work is carried out only by those who have the correct skills and experience. Any electrical work undertaken must follow certain rules, these rules are called Part P of building regulations. Electricity can be dangerous – Part P qualified electricians have the knowledge to avoid dangers to themselves and to others. It is strongly recommended that you use an Electrician who is also registered with one of the government-approved schemes to carry out any electric installation work that you need doing. Their work conforms to the UK national standard, BS 7671 - Requirements for Electrical Installations.
Here at A Pearson Electrical we are members of NAPIT and are Part P registered.
Condition Reports explained
You cannot see electricity. Cables are usually hidden inside our walls, and consumer units are often hidden in cupboards, so it is not surprising that we forget to check the condition of our electrical installation for damage or wear and tear.
Faulty and old wiring is one of the main causes or electrical fires in the home. You can reduce the risk of a fire by checking the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories regularly.
How old is my electrical installation?
Clear signs that can help you tell the age of equipment in the electrical installation in your home include:
Fixed cables coated in black rubber (stopped being used in the 1960s)
Fixed cables coated in lead or fabric (used before the 1960s)
A fuse box with a wooden back, cast iron switches, or a mixture of fuse boxes (used before the 1960s)
Older round pin sockets (or light switches), braided flex hanging from ceiling roses, brown (or black) switches, or sockets mounted in or no skirting boards (used before the 1960s)
Light switches on the walls or in bathrooms (used before the 1960s).
However old your electrical installation is, it may get damaged and will suffer from wear and tear. So you should get an electrician to check its condition at least every 10 years or when you move into a new property.
What is the aim of a condition report?
The five main aims of a condition report are:
Record the results of the inspection and testing to make sure the electrical installation is safe to be used until the next inspection (following any work needed to make it safe)
Find any damage and wear and tear that might affect safety, and report it
Find any parts of the electrical installation that do not meet the IET Wiring Regulations
Help find anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures
Provide and important record of the installation at the time of the inspection, and for inspection testing in the future.
Types of condition report
In general, there are two types of domestic electrical installation condition report:
Visual condition report - this does not include testing and is only suitable if the installation has been testing recently
Periodic inspection reports - this is what we would normally recommend, as it tests the installation and would find any hidden damage
Electrical Services for Landlords
Ensuring that the electrics in your rental property meet regulations is essential, not only to ensure your tenants and your property are safe, but also to comply with the law.
Our service for landlords is a hassle-free way to ensure that electrical equipment and the supply is up to scratch, complete with the provision of a Landlord Certificate.
The Landlord, or their appointed electrician, must regularly maintain cookers, washing machines, kettles etc supplied with the accommodation to ensure it is safe.
As the supply of goods occurs at the time of the tenancy contract, it is essential to check electrical equipment prior to a tenancy starting. A record should be made of the goods supplied as part of the tenancy agreement and of checks made on those goods. The record should indicate who carried out the checks and when they did it.
It is strongly advisable to have the equipment checked before the start of each let, and it is good practice to have the equipment checked at regular intervals throughout the tenancy too.
Our services include.
Electrical condition reports (landlord certificate) and remedial work
Emergency call outs at reasonable prices
Pre- letting/purchase inspection
Here at A Pearson Electrical we can help you to make sure your property is safe and reduce the risks to your tenants and to your property.
Why inspect and test electrical appliances?
Left untested, electrical appliances and installations can become a major hazard in a property, potentially resulting in death. Our fully qualified electricians are able to test appliances and circuits to ensure current safety regulations are being met, and offer affordable solutions in the event a fault is present. We also offer electrical surveys for homebuyers.
All electrical installations deteriorate over time, damaged installations can and do kill if not maintained correctly
By testing, we can identify faults and correct them and reduce the risk of injury to you and damage to your property.
When to consider periodic inspection and testing:
Before any major work is undertaken
Change of tenancy
Change of ownership
Change of use of premises
To comply with Insurance Companies
To verify continued compliance with BS 7671
To comply with Health & Safety requirements:
Electricity at work regulations
The Health & Safety at Work Act
The Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Inspection & Testing.
We examine all installations for compliance to the latest British Standards BS 7671 IEE Wiring Regulations
Suggested timescales for inspection and testing:
Domestic – Change of use or every 10 years
Commercial – Change of use or every 5 years
Educational Establishments – every 5 years
Industrial – every 3 years
Residential – 5 years
Office – 5 years
Shops – 5 years
Places of Public Entertainment – annually
Emergency lighting - annually
We offer set prices for inspection and testing, this is based on the number of fuse boards and rooms within the property. So, a smaller property will cost less than a larger property, which we feel offers a fairer service to our customers.
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