What is an EICR?
EICR stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report. They may also be referred to a Fixed Wire Tests.
EICRs are often required when buying a new home, to confirm that the electrical system is safe and fit for continued use. Besides the reasons already mentioned, our recommendation is that an EICR in your home should be carried out every 10 years, unless you're a landlord renting a property out.
As of April 1st 2021, the PRS (Private Rental Sector) regulations state that any landlord letting properties must obtain an Electrical Installation Condition Report for each property. These are also commonly referred to as
Landlord Safety Test,
Landlord Electrical Safety Certificate, and
Mandatory Electrical Safety Inspections
By law these will need to be carried out every 5 years.
The length of time an EICR takes will very much depend on the size of the electrical installation and how many circuits need to be inspected and tested. It may also depend on how accessible the consumer unit, sockets, lighting points, etc., are, and whether the property is occupied.
Whilst we will be able to provide a fixed price beforehand, the best we can do with regards to length of time is estimate. Difficulty in accessing some lighting points, sockets, earthing and bonding, etc., may affect the length of time the EICR takes, and the condition of the electrical installation based on both inspection and testing may also have an impact.
Typically we would allow 3-4 hours, and in some cases more if necessary.
What must be understood is that a correctly done EICR is NOT something which can be done in 30 minutes or an hour which is what a lot of electricians and agents will try to claim.
Much has been written and discussed about the common practice which has become known as "drive by EICRs" for which the inspector pays a relatively brief visit to the property, gets out his tester briefly, takes a few photos, makes a few notes, and then completes the report after leaving the property, often with fictitious test results and remarks on the condition report.
What makes these so attractive is that they're cheap, and many landlords are happy with low costs. But at the expense of a valid report? I discuss more about cheap EICRs in the next section about the cost of EICRs.
Very often these practices are designed to allow the inspector to fit in as many as 5 or 6 EICRs a day, and priced low so that the inspector can generate additional income for remedial work, often which isn't actually required.
One common example is that if you have a perfectly good plastic consumer unit (fuse box) which is not damaged and shows no signs of heat damage, etc., that fact that it is plastic is NOT a valid reason for the electrician to insist the consumer unit is replaced with a new metal one. For the electrician to RECOMMEND that it is changed is acceptable, but not to insist on a new consumer unit.
A few basic questions will give us sufficient information on which to base a quote for the EICR, which in the majority of cases we would not need to deviate from.
As mentioned above, there are many agents and electricians pricing EICRs very low and not allowing anywhere near the amount of time a full and comprehensive test should take. This is often unprofessional, neglectful, potentially dangerous, and understandably frustrating to many reputable electricians who's expertise and integrity is being undermined.
If quick and cheap is what you would prefer, which might also suggest that you would be happy with a cheap 15 minute MOT on your car instead of a thorough annual safety check, then with respect, please look elsewhere.
In addition to other electrical qualifications including a current certificate for having passed the exam for 18th edition of BS 7671 IET Wiring Regulations, I have obtained the C&G 2391-52 qualification.
2391-52 is a Level 3 electrical qualification confirming that I have received the required training and passed the relevant exams and assessments to enable me to carry out initial verification of domestic electrical installations, as well as periodic testing and inspection, including Electrical Installation Condition Reports.
Please contact us for a free quotation without obligation for any domestic electrical inspection and testing in the Spalding area.
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