The Importance of a House Electrical Test
Many overlook the importance of a house electrical test. Whether you’re buying or selling, Home Buyers Electrical Reports, or electrical safety certificates, can bring peace of mind to negotiations.
It’s about avoiding a potentially costly leap of faith with electrical safety. Buying a house is a large undertaking, so whether it be a new home to live in, or an investment, there are certain considerations that must be taken into account to ensure the property is a sound purchase.
What are House Electrical Tests?
You might be asking “why does my property need an EICR?”. Well, house electrical tests, or Home Buyer’s Electrical Reports, go much further than local searches and surveys of the structure and building works.
Often overlooked, the status of the electrical installations has become a crucial focus element in the purchase of a property. Some building surveys will recommend a full electrical safety review, but even if yours doesn’t, we believe it’s critical. From a safety point of view, a house electrical test is truly important.
How Can Electrics Affect the Value of a Property?
The state of the property will have a large bearing on the value of the property and can even put some house buyers off. This is why obtaining an electrical report when selling a house is vital.
For example, if there is a great deal of work to do before the property can become habitable, it will deter those who are unable or unwilling to complete it as a project. A house electrical check will:
- Provide buyers with a true picture of the status of the home, so they can make an informed decision
- Reveal whether the house needs any major electrical works. This should be disclosed in the buying process and factored into the price
- Highlight the need for a re-wiring job. These can cost new owners thousands, so could be taken off the asking price.
What Will Your House Electrical Test Reveal?
Your house electrical test, which will be a Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), or an Enhanced Home Buyers Electrical Report, will reveal the true state of all the electrical systems within a home.
Everything from your fuse boards, wiring, sockets, and anything else connected to the mains supply, will be looked at during the home electrical check. All notifiable works will be disclosed as part of a comprehensive report.
What Does an Electrical Safety Check Involve?
The following questions will be answered during your house electrical test, helping to paint an overall picture for potential residents or landlords:
- Are fittings fire-rated where they need to be?
- Are fittings correctly specified for bathrooms and shower rooms?
- Is re-wiring needed? A new fuse box or consumer unit? Is earthing and RCD protection in place?
- Is there adequate heat and smoke detection already in place?
If you are planning extensive works to the house after purchase, the safety inspections will give you a clear indication as to whether the electrics will support it.
Sellers and Buyers
As a seller, you could have the work completed before exchanging, or pass the information on to the prospective buyer. If you are the buyer, you will get a quotation for the cost of your house electrical tests and then you can use it as part of your price negotiations.
Electrical Safety Checks in Private Rented Homes
Landlords should always carry out electrical safety checks before renting out their homes. This is to ensure the systems within it are safe and don’t pose the new residents any harm.
How Long Does a House Electrical Safety Check Take?
If you’re asking yourself “how long does a house electrical safety check take?”, we typically advise that an EICR takes between three and four hours. However, this all depends on the size and condition of the property, as well as the number of circuits that need to be tested.
Do I Need to Undertake an Electrical Safety Check Before Buying a House?
It is of course entirely at the buyer’s discretion whether they require a review of the electrical installations within the property they are buying. Circumstances such as buying a house at auction might negate such a requirement, or for example if the house were a new build.
House Electrical Check
However, in most cases it is strongly advised for there to be an electrical check before buying a house. There are different house electrical check levels that can be offered, some of which might be recommended by your building surveyor.
Failing to follow up on these could, in fact, result in the solicitor not allowing the sale as there could be huge implications if issues were found at a later stage.
Do I Need an Electrical Safety Certificate When Selling a House?
You might be wondering if you need an electrical safety certificate when selling a house. Well, if the property is in a significant state of disrepair, which could include the electrics, the mortgage lender might not provide a loan to your buyers.
- An EICR or Home Buyers Electrical Report is just as important as a gas check and in safety terms – and far more important than an EPC (Insulation report).
- A huge proportion of house fires are caused by electrics and as such, there are health and safety risks for the people who might be resident, and a financial risk for the building itself.
- As a result, insurance might be difficult to secure or might be invalidated.
- A Home Buyers Electrical Inspection can save lives.
- Have you made any alterations to the electrics in your home? If so, a test may be needed.
- Every key area of the house should be reviewed before a sale or purchase, so that all goes through in good faith without expensive work required afterwards.
Electrical Check Before Buying House
Overlooking an electrical safety check when selling house can be a grave mistake and both parties should take responsibility to ensure these are thoroughly assessed before any price is agreed.
The state of the electrics could result in danger or expense, which you do not want to incur if you are the buyer. Equally as a seller, you have a responsibility to sell the house in a safe condition. You may also want to arrange Fixed Wire Testing before selling.
Electrical Safety Check When Buying a House
An electrical safety check when buying a house is extremely important. That’s why we offer two different electrical surveys for home buyers and sellers. These are:
Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report or EICR:
This is a standard Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report, or EICR, which will highlight any faults and their severity. We will also give a quotation for any remedial work required.
Enhanced Home Buyer’s Electrical Report:
An advanced Home Buyer’s Electrical Report includes a standard Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), as well as check of 100% of the sockets, switches and other fittings in your home. It also entails a detailed electrical inspector’s report on the following areas:
- Evaluation of the capacity for extension
- Recommendations on smoke and heat detection
- Summary of the findings on wiring condition
- Findings on sockets/fittings
- Electrical Fire Safety issues
- Detailed quotation for the remedial works
So, no matter which option you choose, ensure you arrange an electrical check before buying a house. Don’t forget, obtaining an electrical safety certificate when selling a house is also very important and can increase your chances of selling at the asking price.
How Much Will a Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report Cost?
So how much will a Domestic Electrical Installation Condition Report cost? Well, at Hexo Services we believe in being clear about pricing.
Cost of Electrical Inspection on Home
You can find a rundown of the cost of electrical inspection on home via our Prices pages, and our fees are based on the size of the home and the amount of circuits within in.
For your money, you will receive a comprehensive electrical safety certificate, that can be sent to your bank or mortgage lender, solicitor and estate agent. It can also be used in the negotiations process.
How We Can Help
Whichever side of the process you’re on, Hexo Services will be able able to assist with a comprehensive review of the property’s electrical safety.
We can advise you of how in-depth it needs to be, conduct the report and complete any necessary remedial work, to give you complete peace of mind. Get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help.