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Do I need to undertake an electrical safety check before buying a house?

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Answered by Orman Electrics

18th May 2019

Orman Electrics answered the question "Do I need to undertake an electrical safety check before buying a house?"

Although it isn’t mandatory to have a condition report done before buying a house or selling your house it is a recommendation. I would strongly recommend having this done before committing to a purchase so any faults are found before and you will then be able to budget for any additional work that may be required. Most houses built pre 1966 have no CPC Earthing) on the lighting circuits. If any metal switches or light fittings had been fitted that aren’t double installed you are at high risk of electric shock. Definitely something worth knowing before you buy the property

Answered by Stator Electrical Solutions Ltd

24th March 2019

Stator Electrical Solutions Ltd answered the question "Do I need to undertake an electrical safety check before buying a house?"

Whilst there is currently no requirement to have an EICR on a property you are looking to purchase, it should be part of your due diligence to gather as much expert guidance on the overall condition of the property. We’ve seen many times how a property has been made to look perfect - but that was found to be superficial. New switches, sockets and a modern consumer unit had been fitted, but the 50+ year old wiring was still in place. Clearly those customers wished they’d had the electrics checked before buying. Not only does the electrical installation condition report give peace of mind, it also highlights any areas for potential improvements once you’ve made the purchase. Overall, it’s a highly recommended check and should be part of your process whenever buying a new property.

Answered by M.E.T Electrical Ltd

22nd March 2019

M.E.T Electrical Ltd answered the question "Do I need to undertake an electrical safety check before buying a house?"

There is no legal requirement to have an EICR undertaken before buying a house. We would strongly advise to do so though. A house is a large investment, and just like the survey and other checks, it is to ensure that the installation is safe and that there are no faults. If the report details any issues, these can then be incorporated into any forecasting for works and negotiating on the end price of the property.

Answered by P&J Electrical

27th February 2019

P&J Electrical answered the question "Do I need to undertake an electrical safety check before buying a house?"

There is no requirement to but in all honesty you’d be silly not to. When making such a huge investment such as a house why scrimp on getting the electrics tested, a couple of hundred quid or so is a small amount in the grand scheme of things when compared to the consequences and potential financial loss associated with a badly installed electrical system or an electrical installation at the end of its working life.

Answered by Oak Tree Electrical

24th February 2019

Oak Tree Electrical answered the question "Do I need to undertake an electrical safety check before buying a house?"

You don't need to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EIRC) carried out before buying a house just as you do not need to have the house surveyed unless you are borrowing money and the lender insists on it. I guess it depends on your attitude to risk. Just as some people go for the house buyers survey, which is often little more than a valuation, prehaps because the house is almost new and others go for a full structural survey because its and older property or they have specific concerns you pays your money and takes your choice. If the installation is obviously very old its probably worth it.

Answered by East Kent Electrical Ltd

10th February 2019

East Kent Electrical Ltd answered the question "Do I need to undertake an electrical safety check before buying a house?"

In Short, No but you would be unwise not to get one done as it would tell you the state of the wiring so you would know whether it is safe to move in or if work is required if work is required you would know what is involved and have a cost. you will be in a much better position to make the decision on the house. How would you feel if you didn't get it carried out and then wanted an extra socket fitted to find out then you need a full rewire? The guidance is an inspection should be carried out at least every 5yrs for rented properties and every 10 yrs for owner-occupied properties OR when tenants/owners change.

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