Safety is among the top priorities when buying a new home, and one of the ways to assure that is by ensuring that the property is backed by a domestic electrical installation certificate. The certificate proves that the property’s electrical installations have been thoroughly inspected and tested by a qualified electrician. Certification can also be helpful when making informed decisions about selling or renting a property or when moving to a new home. It is likewise critical if the property is a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and as an aspect of a 10 yearly fixed wire testing.
If you are a landlord, a domestic electrical installation certificate can show that all your installations and appliances are compliant with all the recognised safety standards. Landlords will typically require several kinds of domestic electrical testing, like PAT certificate, fixed wire testing, emergency light reports, and fire alarm inspection. All four different certificates are required for HMOs, but standard rented properties will only need fixed testing and PAT testing. Domestic electrical testing may not be legally required, but it makes sense to conduct it for safety reasons. Moreover, being certified will make it easier for you to get the best insurance premiums. Local councils and authorities may also request electrical testing and certification.
You can acquire a domestic electrical installation certificate from an electrician that is registered with ELECSA, NAPIT, or NICEIC. This professional is knowledgeable and qualified to look at the condition of your electrical systems and check them against the UK standard for electrical installation safety. Be sure to work only with an established team of electricians, preferably those with a proven track record in providing dependable and honest services in the UK. They will provide you with a checklist, which you must consider to prepare your property for a thorough inspection. With your help, they can easily create a full report.