The Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) includes a formal visual inspection and test of the fixed electrical system of the property and reveals if any electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded. EICR’s are necessary because electrical installations and wiring can deteriorate over time or show signs of age. A full EICR will check the overall condition of the electrical installation within the property.
EICR aims to help notice any faults, electrical damages, and wiring that does not meet current regulations. EICRs are suitable for property owners who want a report detailing their fixed electrical system condition. The average cost for an EICR of two-bedroom house will usually cost £150-£180.
Why is an EICR important?
Over half of accidental domestic fires in the UK are caused by electricity. If you have just moved house and are not sure of the electrics in your home, an EICR is the quickest way to ensure there are no faults. Your home insurance may specify that you must be able to prove your home is electrically safe, which can be done with an EICR. Property owners should do their best to ensure their property is electrically safe by having an EICR carried out on their property every five years or at the end of the tenancy. Property owners in Scotland are required by law to guarantee that their property is electrically safe for tenants and be able to provide proof. This proof is obtained through an EICR.
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