According to the Electrical Safety Council, almost two-thirds of home buyers in the UK did not have the electrics checked before buying. There could be many reasons for this but the long and the short of it is that if you find that your house will need partial or full rewiring, or other electrical work before exchange of contracts, you can use it as a bargaining chip. On the other hand, any problems you discover after moving in means the full cost is down to you.
Moreover, if you do not have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (often referred to as a Home Buyer Electrical Report) for the property that you are moving into, it could well be dangerous. Faulty wiring and faulty fittings are a fire risk and could lead to an electric shock. At best, you may need to spend a few thousand on getting the electrics up to scratch but at worst, this mistake could be fatal.
Since the ‘Credit Crunch’ financial crisis, mortgage lenders have tightened up on what they lend on properties. For older properties, some lenders insist on a Mortgage Electrical Survey.
The Law requires that all such inspections are carried out by properly qualified and certified electricians. It cannot be carried out by your buildings surveyor. The whole of the South London Electricians team are not just qualified, they are very experienced too, having produced many Electrical Installation Condition Reports during the last 25 years or so. We know areas like Croydon, Purley, Sanderstead, Hamsey Green etc like the backs of our hands.
Your Home Buyer Electrical Report will include any problems we find and classify them into urgent essential repairs, areas that require improvement and areas that require further investigation. We can also identify parts of your installation that don’t comply with BS7671, and whilst this doesn’t mean that they are necessarily unsafe, it is often better to make the necessary changes to bring them in line with the norms.
Landlord’s Electrical Reports
There is no legal requirement for an electrical report when purchasing a residential property, however, if you are a landlord buying a new investment property in Balham, Clapham, Streatham, Tooting, Wimbledon or elsewhere in south London, not only could an EICR save you money on the purchase, it could also help to protect you against future litgation. You could be liable for injuries sustained as a result of sub-standard electrics.
For a comprehensive Home Buyers Electrical Installation Condition Report, contact us on 0208 406 9834 for a no-obligation chat. You won’t be fobbed off by a receptionist, you will speak directly to one of our electricians. And if you need a report on your gas installation or plumbing, we can do that too.
For £120, you could be saving more than just money!
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