Everything you need to know about electrical installation condition reports (EICR)


EICRs, formerly known as ‘fixed wire testing’, are a crucial way to prevent electric shocks and fires from breaking out. Previously known as ‘fixed wire testing’, EICRs are a crucial way to prevent electric shocks and fires from breaking out.

What is an electrical installation condition report?

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) is a formal document confirming that a qualified electrician or contractor carried out an electrical assessment on your property.

EICRs are carried out to ensure your home’s electrics are meeting current wiring regulations and standards. The report will also identify any electrical problems (such as broken sockets, damaged wiring, or problems with the fuse board). These problems could lead to a fire. This will tell you what work needs doing in order to make sure your home meets safety standards.

Does an electrician have to be registered to do an EICR?

Though you don’t legally have to, it’s recommended that you hire an electrician who is a member of a competent person scheme. Look for accreditations such as the Electrical Safety Register, NICEIC, and ECA. The EICR specialist will provide you with a detailed report on the state of your electrical system, detailing any defects as well as recommendations for repairs. Request a quote today to get started. Request a quote today to get started.


Is an EICR a legal requirement?

Homeowners don’t legally need to have EICRs but it’s generally recommended that you get one done every 10 years to ensure your electrics are up-to-date and safe. They’re also recommended after every change of occupancy.

EICR’s are also very helpful in identifying problems before they become serious. This means they can help prevent costly repairs in the long run.

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Do I need an EICR certificate as a landlord?

Yes, landlords do need to ensure their rental properties are free from electrical hazards. Legally, landlords must obtain an EICR every five years or at the time of changing tenancies. For more information on ensuring your property meets electrical safety standards, read the government’s guide for landlords.

Failure to comply with these conditions can result in fines of up to


. In serious cases, it can even lead to imprisonment.

How long does an electrical installation condition report last?If you rent a property, your landlord legally needs to get an EICR completed every five years. EICRs are recommended for domestic properties every ten years. This can however vary depending on the type of home and electrical system you have. Your EICR will be valid for one year from the date the report was approved. Your electrician will let you know when it’s time to do your next inspection. Speak to a skilled electrician to book an inspection.FIND AN EICR SPECIALIST

What happens if I don’t have an EICR?

For commercial and rental buildings, EICRs are required by law every five years. It is not the same for homeowners. It’s still highly recommended that you get one done every decade or so, or on change of occupancy, as neglecting to get an electrical inspection done could put you and your loved ones at risk of electrical hazards.

In some cases, it can also affect your insurance coverage, as many insurance companies request evidence of regular electrical safety checks.

How much does an electrical installation condition report cost?

How much you’ll spend on your EICR will depend on a few factors, including the size of your home, how complex your electrical installation is, where in the UK you live and the type of property you have.

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On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from PS100 to PS350, though costs rise for larger homes and for commercial properties.

If your report indicates defects in your electrics, you will then have to factor in the cost of fixing these as well. This can range from small repairs to a full rewiring of your property.

To avoid any defects from escalating into costly repairs, request a quote today to book an EICR.


What is the difference between an EICR and a EPC?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) covers the energy performance and efficiency of your home, and is carried out by an accredited assessor. This person will examine your home’s insulation, heating, lighting, and other systems that affect energy efficiency. An EPC report will then provide you with an energy rating, with an A rating being the most efficient and a G rating being the least efficient.

Unlike EICRs, EPCs are a legal requirement for most properties when they’re sold, rented or built.

Do I need an electrical installation condition report to sell my house?

There is no legal requirement to have an EICR in order to sell your property. A potential buyer might insist that you obtain an EICR as part of their sale conditions. This means that already having one can speed up the process by giving potential buyers more confidence in the condition of their new home’s electrics.

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