Electrical Installation Condition Report

 

All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at appropriate intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued service. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as 'electrical installation condition report'.

 

A Condition Report will:

 

  • Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.

  • Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.

  • Identify any defective electrical work.

  • Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.

 

How often is a Condition report required? Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:

 

  • 10 years for an owner-occupied home

  • 5 years for a rented home.

  • 3 years for a caravan

  • 1 year for a swimming pool.

  • When a property is being prepared for letting.

  • Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.

 

The inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and checks on:

 

  • The adequacy of earthing and bonding.

  • The suitability of the switchgear and controlgear. For example, an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.

  • The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that may need replacing include: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.

  • The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting pvc insulation).

  • Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD).

  • The presence of adequate identification and notices.

  • The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.

  • Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.

Our rates for Electrical Installation Condition Reports are as follows

  • For a domestic property £65 per consumer unit/fuse box + £15 per circuit for the first 8 circuits (£10 per circuit there after)

  • For a commercial or industrial property £90 per consumer unit/fuse box + £12.50 per circuit

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