EICR – What They Are and Why You Need One

July 3, 2020
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EICR – What They Are and Why You Need One


Did you know that just 37% of homebuyers have an EICR carried out to check the electrics in the property inspected before purchase? When you’re thinking of moving home or are in the process of purchasing one, then you’ll know that there are a lot of different inspections and checks involved and you may wonder why you need to add another one into the mix. From structural surveys to valuation surveys, it can often feel like there are endless hoops to jump through and hundreds of boxes to tick in order to get your house sale or purchase moving! Whilst a surveyors report will indicate whether the property has any general issues with the electrical installation, it’s always advisable to get an EICR (electrical installation condition report) carried out by an approved electrician in order to learn the extent of the issues, so you can factor in repair costs. 

If you’re wondering what an EICR is and whether you really need one, read on to learn all about this essential electrical check and why it’s crucial!

Why an EICR is Important

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Moving into a new house is one of the most exciting yet stressful times in your life, and wouldn’t want to add to that stress by finding the electrical installation is faulty, old or improperly maintained.

Stats from Electrical Safety First show that over a third of home buyers discovered that there were problems with the electrics in their house that they were not made aware of before purchasing the property. Whether the issues identified were minor or major, electrical repairs are an expense many homebuyers don’t factor into their budgets, so it’s important to remember that skipping the EICR isn’t worth the possible risk to your home and family. Having an EICR is also a good idea if you’re in the process of selling your home. Having the test done to show the safety of all the electrics in your home will be a desirable quality for prospective buyers.

An EICR should always be completed by a qualified electrician. During the inspection, various things will be tested such as:

  • Any issues with the circuits or equipment
  • Identify any areas that could be a potential place for electric shocks and fire hazards
  • Safety issues with bonding or earthing of installations and equipment
  • Any potential faulty electrical work that could lead to faults or injury
  • Assessment of any damaged fittings or accessories

Once you’ve had the EICR carried out, it’s recommended you repeat it at least every 10 years in order to ensure the electrics are in safe working order.

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About JAH Electrical Services Ltd, Plymouth, Devon

From our offices in Plymouth, Devon, our trained Engineers carry out high quality Electrical Contracting work across the private and public sectors, including Healthcare, Education, and Housing. We also carry out domestic work locally. Below you will see our Accreditations, including NIC EIC Approved Contractor and Constructionline. 
You can call us on 01752 338495 or you will find all of our contact info on our Contact page. Thanks for reading, Jamie Hitchcock, MD, JAH Electrical Services Ltd.