TESTING  

Much like an MOT for cars it is important that you ensure you carry out checks on the condition of the electrics in your home at regular intervals. 
 
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An electrical installation condition report (EICR) identifies any damage, deterioration, defects and/or conditions which may give rise to danger along with observations for which improvement is recommended. 
 
The purpose of an EICR (also known as periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation), is to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. 
 
This will help identify any faults or defects which could require improvement and will ensure the continued operation of the installation in a safe and effective manner. 
 
It is generally recommended that an EICR is carried out every ten years for your home(five for privately rented properties) or when there is a change of occupancy in a dwelling. 
 
THINKING OF BUYING A PROPERTY? 
It would be wise to invest in an Electrical Installation Condition Report before making your final decision. 
 
Homeowners often ask for, or obtain a condition report as part of a house sale.  
 
Similarly, landlords with an increasing awareness of their electrical safety obligations undertake regular periodic inspections in relation to their rental properties. 
 
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