Electrical Safety Certificate (EICR) Costs For Your Home
When it comes to ensuring the safety of your family at home, or making sure that your rental property is correctly maintained there is no substitute for getting an electrical safety certificate from trusted experts.
An electrical safety certificate or EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) from HEXO Electrical Testing costs from as little as £120 to around £190, depending on the size of your home.
From small studio flats to 8-bedroom houses in London and the surrounding areas, we can give you an accurate, fast and fair quote for your electrical inspection and EICR certificate – meaning you know all the costs and details up front before we begin.
Your overall cost for an EICR will depend on a few factors:
- The size of your home
- How many circuits you have
- How many consumer units/fuse boxes you have
For your peace of mind, and the safety of your home or investment property, an up-to-date electrical safety certificate is essential.
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What is an EICR?
EICR stands for ‘Electrical Installation Certificate Report’. Some people also refer to it as an Electrical Safety Certificate. Once you’ve had an electrical inspection of your property by a qualified electrical inspector, your EICR is the proof that your home’s electrical wiring and other electrical elements have been properly assessed, with no hidden fees.
Your EICR report is a formal certificate that provides details of the safety and overall condition of the fixed electrical fittings and installations within a property, whether that’s your own home or for a landlord’s rental property.
To be valid, your electrical safety report must be completed by an experienced, qualified and approved electrical inspector. When you have an electrical inspection and report completed by HEXO Electrical Testing, we always provide you with an accurate estimate of what your EICR costs are before your inspection is carried out, with no hidden costs.
Find out more about what to expect in our guide to electrical installation condition reports.
What Will Happen During an Electrical Inspection?
An electrical safety inspection of your home or rental property is quick and easy to have carried out, at a time that is convenient for you.
Once you’ve made your appointment, and received your quote for what your EICR will cost, we’ll arrange for one of our qualified, registered electrical inspectors to visit your property. They will complete an in-depth inspection of all your electrical installations and wiring.
Your EICR inspector will also check other electrical components, including checking your fuse board, testing socket outlets and switches and looking for damage to accessories. As part of their checks they will look at:
- Your fuse board
- Power sockets, lighting fixtures and other electrical appliances
- They will look at the age of your circuits and wiring and identify any circuit hazards, overloaded outlets and electrical connections
- Your inspector may also look at any past electrical issues and take these into account
Once your electrical safety check is complete, your inspector will then complete an electronic EICR Certificate that shows whether your home electrical installations are satisfactory or not. Your electrical safety inspector will also be able to let you know if they have any recommendations or if there are any defects or warnings that need to be remedied.
If you do need any remedial electrical works, these can usually be easily booked in to make sure your home is safe. Read more on how we can help with remedial electrical works here.
Why is an EICR needed?
For homeowners, a domestic EICR is an important part of making sure your home is safe. Electrical fires can be devastating to both yourself and your family and for your property. Your EICR can accurately identify that your wiring is safe and hasn’t deteriorated with time; it can also check whether any DIY work that may have been carried out hasn’t compromised the safety of any circuits or wiring systems. Circuits and wiring, especially in older homes, may have become overloaded as more appliances are introduced.
Landlords in London and the UK are legally required to inspect the safety of electrical installations within their properties and to obtain a Satisfactory landlord EICR every five years.
These rules came into force on 1 June 2020 and mean that an electrical condition report cost is important to pay.
The cost of EICR reports is also worth the peace of mind that comes with knowing your electrical installations are completely safe, because getting an EICR can be a lifesaver. With HEXO you can be sure that there are no hidden costs to getting an EICR – all our prices are upfront and agreed with you beforehand.
What happens if EICR regulations are not followed?
There are some serious consequences for failing to comply with the electrical safety regulations. Not only could you invalidate your property insurance, but you could also face a hefty financial penalty of up to £30,000.
With HEXO Electrical Testing’s affordable EICR costs, you can rest assured that you are complying with government regulation and making sure your home electrics are safe.
Government advice on EICRs
Government statistics show that faulty electrical wiring is one of the leading causes of house fires in the UK.
Unsatisfactory electrical installations can cause serious injuries and death, which is why a Satisfactory EICR is crucial.
You can visit GOV.UK for more guidance on the electrical regulations in the private rented sector and why the EICR cost is worth paying.
How much does an EICR cost?
The cost of an electrical installation condition report depends on the size of your property and the quantity of electrical circuits at the property. Carrying out an EICR will cost more for a larger property with more circuits compared to a smaller property.
Visit our EICR prices page to find out how much an EICR will cost for your property and to make an online booking.
Or see the breakdown to the right of all our EICR costs. All prices are excluding VAT.
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*All prices are excluding VAT. *These prices are for up to eight circuits in one property. Additional circuits, over eight, will be charged at £15 each plus VAT.
*These prices are for one consumer unit. Additional consumer units, over one, will be charged at £20 each plus VAT.
Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions about the cost of an EICR.
How long does an electrical safety check take?
We would usually advise that a full EICR can take between 1-4 hours to complete. This will depend on the size of your property and how many circuits need to be checked.
How often should an EICR test be conducted?
Usually, an EICR will be carried out at least once every five years, which is legally compulsory for rental and commercial properties. If the electrical installations are in poor condition, however, then testing might be needed more frequently.
After your EICR, a label will be placed on your mains board with a date of your next check. As we hold records of all our clients’ installations, we will also send you a reminder before the next EICR is due.
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Key benefits of having an EICR
- To ensure that you remain compliant with regulations, and for your own safety, a professional electrical testing company should be hired to complete an electrical safety check.
- Electrical safety checks will spot any issues before they potentially cause damage to your property or injure someone.
- For landlords, it is compulsory to have an up to date electrical safety certificate.
- The Electrical Installation Condition Report cost will be worth it for homeowners who will benefit from having peace of mind about the safety of their home. Having an EICR will also help them to sell their property more easily.
- Your electrical survey cost will be determined by the size of your property, how many circuits require testing, and what time you book it for.
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Since 1st June 2020, new regulations made it mandatory for landlords within the private rented sector to have their electrical installations tested every five years. If a change of tenancy occurs within those five years, then a visual inspection is required.
This means that landlords should take into account the cost of EICR certification for all of their rental properties.
While you might want to avoid the cost of electrical safety checks by conducting them yourself, a qualified and approved electrical inspector must carry out an EICR for you.
This is to ensure that the tests are performed safely and in line with regulatory requirements.
If the cause of the fire is found to be related to your electrical installations, then this can affect your insurance. Some insurance companies may not offer any payout if an electrical safety certificate has not been issued as this invalidates the policy.
As a landlord, having an electrical safety certificate ensures that you are compliant with all regulations, and you could pay a fine of £30,000 or more if one of your rental properties is found without one.
As a homeowner, you’ll be able to sell your home more quickly if you have an EICR. Some estate agents will not even put a property on the market unless all electrical installations have been properly checked by a professional.
This means the EICR certificate cost may be worth taking into account when selling your property.
If any issues are found during the EICR, you may need to book electrical remedial works to resolve them, especially if they are potentially harmful or if they could cause further damage.
Our prices are bespoke as it will depend on the requirements of your electrical installations, so get a quote today for a clear rundown of costs.
It’s important to hire an electrician with all the necessary qualifications and experience so that you know your EICR will be well worth the cost.
By using Hexo Electrical Testing, all of our inspectors and engineers are NAPIT approved, so finding and hiring is straightforward and you will not be charged differently to what you expected.
Being flexible with when you book a domestic EICR appointment can get you a reduced cost, as we charge less during the day on Monday-Friday compared to evenings and weekends.
If requesting a quote for a commercial EICR, it’s also important that you give as much information as possible as this will help us to provide you with an accurate quote. You can also upload images of your electrical installations to aid us even more.
The EICR itself will not cost more or less than the quoted amount if the result is unsatisfactory, so you will not automatically be charged differently to what you expected.
However, with Hexo Electrical Testing we will send you an itemised quotation for each defect so that you can then book remedial works. We can then work to quickly and efficiently resolve any issues.
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