Electrical installations all deteriorate with age and use. it is therefore important they are inspected and tested at periodically to check that they are in a satisfactory and safe condition. Periodic inspection checks carried out be an experienced electrician will find out if any of your electrical circuits are overloaded, identify any electric shock risks or fire hazards and highlight any lack of earthing or bonding. Periodic inspection is required at least every 10 years for an owner-occupied home or 5 years for a rented home. In addition periodic inspection should be carried out when a property is being prepared for letting or before selling a property or buying a property that has been previously-occupied.
Electrical periodic inspection should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians, working to the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671. A typical electrical inspection will cover adequacy of earthing and bonding, suitability of the switchgear and control gear, serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings; condition of wiring system, suitable residual current devices and presence of adequate identification and notices. The electrician can then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report.
For an average 3 bed house a full electrical inspection and test to BS7671 will cost from around £150 to £250. This price will include a full report including observation, condition report schedule and generic schedule test result. schedule of items inspected and inspection, test and commissioning of electrical circuits. The same inspection and testing on a studio flat with no central heating typically will cost from £60 to £100. If any any problems are found during the test repairs are charged at around £40 per hour plus the cost of any parts.
These prices are assuming competent and professional electricians with full liability insurance and certification. If you receive quotes where prices are substantially cheaper for a domestic electrical installation condition report you should be suspicious about the quality of the work and the competency of the electrician!
Periodic inspection and testing should only be carried out only by registered electricians, it is strongly recommended that you use a electrician who is registered with a government-authorised scheme, as safety is paramount when carrying out any electrical work at your home. Every year in the UK around 2.5 million adults getting an electric shock, properly installed and well-maintained electrics save lives, so only people who work to exacting industry standards should carry out your electrical work. A registered electrician will work to the UK national standard and can issue you with a safety certificate upon completion. Having electrical work done on your house can be a daunting task as you need to take the necessary steps to ensure that the electrician has an appropriate level of competence. Before making your final choice, it is advisable that you get at least three different quotes in writing.
This can be easily done using the free quote service on this website by entering a few brief details including contact information then letting recommended electricians near you get in touch with prices. Finally, you should ask for a copy of their Public Liability Insurance in addition to any insurance backed warranties. You don't want any surprises so make sure you agree on the payment terms before the work begins. Some electricians may ask for material costs up front, but beware of tradesman who require substantial up front payments before work commences.