EICR - Electrical Installation Condition Report
An electrical installation condition report checks the electrics of a premises to ensure they are safe for homeowners, tenants and employees. An EICR is also commonly referred to as a Landlord Safety Test or Homebuyers Test.
Electrical Installation Condition Report
An electrical installation condition report (EICR), or periodic inspection as they used to be known, is a professional inspection of a properties electrics, including power outlets, fuse box and electrical appliances. An EICR certificate is provided once the testing has been carried out.
Below we have information on the average EICR cost, what an electrical installation condition report is and whether you need one.
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The cost of a EICR varies due to a number of reasons. The main factors that influence the EICR cost include:
- Size of the Property: Larger properties have more power sockets and electrics, and as a result the inspection will take longer. As such, you can expect to pay more for an EICR certificate on larger homes, with cheaper EICR prices for smaller properties.
- Commercial vs Domestic: As a general rule, an electrical installation condition report costs more for commercial properties when compared to a residential premises. There are often additional power considerations, and commercial properties are often larger than a standard home.
- Location in the UK: As with most home improvement and electrical services throughout the UK, the price differs throughout the nation. The highest prices are typically found in London and the South East. Areas without local electricians will also have higher prices.
How much does an Electrical Installation Condition Report Cost?
For a smaller residential property (1-2 beds), the average cost of EICR testing will range from £80 to £150. For a 3 to 4 bedroom house, the price will typically range from £95 to £170.
The size of a commercial property will impact the electrical installation condition report cost, but prices typically start from around £120 (excluding VAT).
Please note: These prices listed are estimates. For accurate EICR costs, please use our cost calculator tool above.
What is an EICR Report?
An EICR is a thorough testing or a properties electrics, including wiring and fuse box. An EICR certificate is obtained to certify a property is safe for occupants. Electrical installation condition reports should be carried out on an ongoing basis to ensure the properties wiring and electrics remain in optimal condition.
What is inspected as part of an Electrical Inspection Condition Report?
As part of an EICR test, the fuseboard (consumer unit), wiring and electrical accessories are all thoroughly tested and inspected. As part of the testing, the following is checked and inspected:
- The earthing and bonding
- Protection against fire and elecution
- Identification of exposed live wires
- Damaged or electrical fittings
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Do I need an Electrical Installation Condition Report?
An electrical installation condition report is an important part of ensuring your property is safe and compliant with electrical safety regulations. They are often a requirement by many home and property insurers, and coverage may not be provided until the tests have been conducted.
If you are landlord, you are responsible for the electrics of your property. If a tenant is electrocuted by faulty electrics, you may be prosecuted.
Whilst it isn’t a legal requirement to have an EICR certificate, it is advisable for businesses to carry out the inspection to ensure a safe working environment for all employees. Action must be taken against the risk of injury, as per the governments Electricity at Work Regulations.
How often should the testing take place?
It is recommended that electrical safety certification is carried out in conjunction with portable appliance testing, which tests portable electrical devices.
For a domestic property, an inspection should be carried out at least every 10 years, or between each tenancy for rented properties.
A commercial property should be inspected more frequently, and it is recommended that electrical installation condition reports are carried out every 5 years.