Importance of an EICR when buying a home

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When you’re buying a new home, an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) is often recommended as part of the home buying process. AN EICR provides valuable information on the condition and the safety of the electrics in a property before deciding to buy it. In this article, we explain the importance of an EICR when buying a home.

Importance of an EICR when buying a home

The importance of an EICR when buying a home is to ensure the electrics within the property are safe and in a good condition. The UK’s leading electrical safety charity – Electrical Safety First said, the majority of Home Buyers who do not have the electrics checked before purchasing a property are putting themselves at an increased risk of fire. The charity encourages people to have a qualified electrician carry out an Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) to be certain that the electrics in the property are safe and working correctly.

If the EICR identifies any issues then, at least you are aware of them and you are able to factor any necessary work into your home buying negotiations.

Following extensive research conducted by Electrical Safety First, they found that half of people are not aware there is an electrical inspection that can protect them with more than a third reporting issues with their electrics after they moved in. The cost of rectifying these faults can average at £2,000 with some rising as high as £10,000.

EICR Testing when buying a new home

All homes need an EICR so, before purchasing a property it is always worth asking the current homeowner if they have an up-to-date EICR for the property. This will give you an overview of the current state of the electrics within the property. If do not hold an up-to-date EICR then you have every right to request for one to be carried out with costs to be agreed between either party. It is recommended for EICR testing for homeowner to be carried out at least every 10 years unless the property has a swimming pool then, this should ideally be tested once a year.

EICR Testing for Homeowners

At Fixx, we offer EICR testing for Homeowners across the North of England. We are an NICEIC approved electrical contractor with a team of highly qualified, skilled and experienced electricians who are 18th Edition Wiring Regulations compliant and are able to complete EICR on your property. Please call us on 0330 3530 365 or simply fill in our contact form to arrange EICR testing for your property.