Buying a new house, and need electrics testing?

Mar 1, 2017 | Case Studies

Why have a Test and Inspection done on the electrics in your home?

Lin had just moved house and her conveyancing solicitor had recommended she have an electrical inspection done as there was no record of one having been done for c 30 years. The house was built in 1930 and some of the electrics looked to be DIY or unsuitable for use and the fuse box looked old. With two children in the house, Lin wanted to make sure it was safe and to avoid losing money if electrics needed investigation or repair work after the house was renovated and decorated. The Alderminster team advised full testing and inspection of all of the house’s electrics, to establish what work may be needed.

What does a Test and Inspection involve?

A test and inspection was carried out and a detailed report completed.This involved loss of power to electrical circuits while readings were taken. To comply with current electrical regulations BS7671, readings must be within parameters and tolerances, to ensure safety.

What happens next?

After discovering some issues with the wiring and distribution equipment, Lin was advised that a full rewire was required for the house and outbuilding and a quote was provided. This would also satisfy any uncertainty regarding cables or junction boxes that may be concealed in the fabrication of the building, or beneath the floors. Lin will be going ahead with this rewiring work at the same time as an extension and renovation project in the Spring and can now build this cost into estimates for building work.

What the customer said:

“ Gabriella and Derek were a pleasure to have at my house, where they tested all of the electrics and provided me with a detailed report at the end of the day of what was essential, recommended and advised work to be done, (Gabriella even connected our TV aerial much to my children’s delight!). I discovered that the fuse box was outside of today’s regulations, some plug sockets were unfit for use and the internal electrics on the outbuilding were not suitable, amongst other problems. In retrospect, I should have had an electrical inspection done before completing on the purchase so I could have negotiated on sharing cost of work. Once I start building work, I will be getting the required electrical work done all together, and before doing any decorating! I can recommend Alderminster if you need to have the electrics tested on your home, or on a house you are thinking of buying. “