Survey sparks safety concerns
We recently surveyed a listed property and found that old Bakelite light switches were in use. As a result, we recommended that a fixed wire test (EICR) be carried out prior to exchange of contracts, and this was undertaken by an electrician who also found old rubber-coated cables. The electrician has now advised the purchaser that they will need a partial rewire, as both items present potential Health & Safety issues. The purchaser is now in negotiation with the vendor over a reduction in the purchase price to allow for the rewire.
During a building survey, we inspect electrical installations visually in order to form an overall opinion of the type of installation, the materials used, its apparent age, its visible condition and the need for further investigation. We do not carry out any testing of the installations or appliances other than checking their operation in normal everyday use.
As building surveyors we therefore recommend that anyone considering buying or selling a property follow NICEIC guidelines and commission an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) at the change of ownership of the property in order to assess the safety and compliance level of all circuits and fittings. An EICR should be requested or commissioned and produced by a suitably qualified engineer, and should be followed by any necessary remedial works.
It’s also important to remember that the periodic inspection and testing of electrical installations is vital to protect your home from damage and to ensure the safety of the occupants. Guidance published by the Institute of Electrical Engineers recommends that inspections and testing are undertaken at least every ten years and always on change of occupancy.
Anglian Home Surveyors are leading building surveyors in Cambridge and Haverhill, so if you’re considering buying a property and you’re at all concerned about the electrical installations, why not call us on 01223 661439 to commission a building survey?
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