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How much does an EICR certificate cost?

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) is produced following an inspection of a property’s electrics including wiring, sockets, and fuse box.

The cost depends on a number of factors including

  • Location
  • Size of property 
  • Age of property
  • Extent of the inspection

An EICR cost starts from £99 for a single bedroom flat up to over £300 for a larger 5 bedroom detached home. 

Whether you are a homeowner, landlord, or business owner, having an EICR carried out by a professional electrician ensures your property is safe for occupants.

electrician opening circuit board

How often should an EICR test be conducted?

assessing fuse box on ladder
  • Domestic Properties: For domestic rental properties, it is recommended to have an EICR conducted at least every 5 years or when there is a change of tenancy. This ensures the ongoing safety of the electrical installation.
  • Commercial Properties: Commercial properties often require more frequent EICRs. The recommended interval is typically every 5 years for offices, shops, and similar establishments.
  • Landlords and HMOs (House in Multiple Occupation): Landlords of HMOs have added responsibilities. Regular inspections are crucial due to the increased electrical load and potential wear and tear in properties with multiple occupants.

  • Change of Use or Ownership: Whenever there is a change of property ownership or a change in its use, it is advisable to conduct an EICR.

  • Aging Installations: Older properties or installations may need more frequent EICRs. Wear and tear can affect the safety of electrical systems. In some cases, annual inspections may be recommended.

  • High-Risk Environments: Certain environments, such as swimming pools or theaters, may pose higher electrical risks. In these cases, more frequent EICRs, potentially every 1 to 3 years, may be necessary to ensure continued safety.

Factors affecting EICR prices

EICR rates mainly depend on the following factors:

  • Location – Pricing varies throughout the UK. London, the South East areas, and places without local electricians usually have the highest rates.
  • Age of property – Older properties with outdated wiring will likely require longer and more expensive testing.
  • Size of property – The larger the property, the higher the costs. Larger properties have more electrical fixtures that can prolong the inspection.
  • Extent of inspection – Additional recommendations and remedial work will often incur higher expenses.
electrician getting ready to start an eicr

Commercial vs Domestic

Below are the average EICR costs for different-sized homes:

One Bed Flat: £120
Two Bed Flat: £120- £150
Three Bed Flat: £180- £210
One/Two Bed House: £150- £180
Three/Four Bed House: £200- £250
Five Bed House: £300

Commercial EICR costs

The rate for commercial properties also depends on size but expect to pay £15-20 per circuit tested, excluding VAT.

A commercial EICR will generally cost more than a residential report. This is because commercial properties are larger and have more complex installations than a standard home.

A periodic inspection must be carried out when selling a previously owned house, or if the property is a house in multiple occupation (HMO).

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What does an EICR include?

electricians tools box

The key components include:

  • Visual Inspection: A thorough visual inspection of the electrical installations is conducted.
  • Testing of Electrical Circuits: Electrical circuits are systematically tested to identify any faults or irregularities. 
  • Earth Continuity Testing: The effectiveness of the earthing arrangements is tested to ensure that the electrical installation is properly grounded. 
  • Insulation Resistance Testing: Insulation resistance testing is performed to assess the condition of insulation materials within the electrical system.
  • Polarity Checking: The polarity of electrical connections is checked to ensure that they are correctly aligned. 
  • Functional Testing: Operational testing of various electrical components and systems to ensure they are functioning as intended.
  • Identification of Damaged or Worn Components: Any damaged or worn-out components, such as cables, switches, or sockets, are identified during the inspection. 

Benefits of an EICR

  • Enhanced Safety: By identifying potential hazards, faults in the wiring or components, EICRs help prevent electrical accidents, fires, and other safety risks.
  • Compliance with Regulations: EICRs are a legal requirement, especially for landlords, property managers, and businesses. 
  • Risk Reduction: Identifying and addressing potential electrical issues during an EICR can significantly reduce the risk of electrical failures, breakdowns, or emergencies. 
  • Insurance Requirements: Some insurance providers may require EICRs to be conducted as part of the property’s insurance policy conditions. 
  • Extended Equipment Lifespan: EICRs can contribute to extending the lifespan of electrical equipment and components. 
  • Energy Efficiency: EICRs can highlight areas where electrical inefficiencies exist, leading to energy wastage. 
  • Documentation for Property Transactions: When selling or leasing a property, having a recent EICR can be valuable documentation for potential buyers or tenants. 
  • Peace of Mind for Occupants: EICRs provide peace of mind for occupants.
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electrician testing circuits and fuses with a multimeter

Regulations around EICRs

All landlords must have the required electrical safety planning permission, complying with building regulations and health standards.

In England and Wales, it’s a legal necessity, with electrical tests mandated every 5 years.

Only certified electricians should test systems and produce reports for new tenants. Failure to comply can result in fines up to £30,000 and insurance termination.

Regular checks ensure upgrades occur within a 5-year timeframe, enhancing safety for both landlords and tenants.

Regulations also mandate an electrical installation condition report within 5 days of alterations, with a compliance certificate issued within 30 days, providing essential documentation to building control agencies.

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