Conducting an electrical report or Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) periodically is an essential way of ensuring that your property—especially rental properties—pass the safety standards. This is especially necessary for houses and HMOs that have old electrical wiring systems.
Aside from electrical installations and circuits, electricians also inspect the condition of your appliances. Through testing, they can find out whether your appliances have defects and safety issues. This is the main reason why landlords should get EICR. That way, they can fix the problems or replace defective appliances before they rent out the property. It is also recommended for good for homeowners to do a full inspection of their appliances at least every ten years.
As with any household items, electrical appliances deteriorate over time. As they become older, they become less efficient and more prone to electrical-related problems. By doing electrical reports, you can detect problems early on before the appliances or circuit issues can cause costly problems. How frequent should you test and inspect your appliances? The answer depends on their ages or how long they have been in use. The general rule is that the older your appliances, the more you need EICR. For properties with swimming pools, testing and inspection should be once a year.
Getting an EICR is not just the sake of compliance. It is also beneficial in providing excellent service to your tenants, which then results to satisfaction and a more stable rental income. An EICR will convince potential tenants that your apartment and the appliances installed are safe to use.
Not all electricians are qualified and experienced in doing electrical reports. Therefore, you cannot just contact any electrician even if they are offering this service. To trim down your options, look for a certified Part P registered electrician. You should also check the company’s registration and reputation to prove their credibility.