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Our Electrical Advice for Home Buyers


The No 1 Golden Rule from your local electrician when buying property. Do not buy a property without an electrical certificate or report!


Here’s why…


T&R Sutton Electrical Services - Electrical advice for home buyers

Recent surveys suggest that moving house is one of the most stressful life events that you may encounter throughout your adult life. Finding a new property, organising your mortgage, sorting the legal documents, and moving all of your own and family belongings it’s understandable that things may get missed or overlooked.


We know this because time and time again when we speak to our customers who have recently bought a property the first question we always ask is, did you ask for the electrical certificate when you bought the property?


Unfortunately there are two very common answers to this question, one is “No, I didn’t realise I needed one!” and the other is “Yes, I’ve got a home buyers survey!”


A home buyers survey is not undertaken by a qualified electrician and is undertaken on a visual basis only, it is often a case of ticking a number of boxes and leaving a short comment as opposed to an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) which is an 8-page report that documents the condition of the installation and is accompanied with a quotation to bring the installation up to the regulation BS7671.


Figures show that there were close to 2.5 million residential sales throughout the UK in 2018-19. Unfortunately, research carried out indicated that only 37% of home buyers had the electrics checked before their purchase. One in five thought that electrical checks were included in the recommended home survey report and just under half were unaware that checks were needed at all.


So how can you protect yourself from this risk?


Ask a very simple question.


Can I see the electrical certificate for this property?


This is a great question for the simple fact that it’s a yes-no answer. If the answer is yes, this is a great start as you can have your electrician take a look over the document. If there is no certificate available, we recommend instructing a certified electrician to undertake an EICR. T&R Sutton can visit the property to undertake the EICR on your behalf before you agree on the price of the purchase, if the electrical installation does require updating or rewiring the cost of the work can be set against the cost of the property.


Since the introduction of the part P electrical Scheme in January 2005 electrical certification and documentation have been a mandatory task for new electrical installation and alterations which means that more and more electrical certificates are in circulation that in previous years, be sure to check the dates on the electrical certificates as they have a maximum duration of 10 years for a privately owned property and 5 Years for a rented property.


If you are purchasing or selling a property and need our help or advice please contact our helpful team and remember.


No Cert, No sale!

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To get in touch with one of our specialist electricians regarding our commercial and domestic electrical services, call us on 07801 768651 or email hello@trsuttonltd.co.uk

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