Why you may need an Electrical Installation Certificate
Quite a few customers seem reluctant whenever I talk to them about the importance of performing an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) which is the correct terminology for an electrical installation certificate. Truth is it will probably be the best money that they have ever spent on their electrical installation. I remember reading an article in the paper a while ago with respect to paying builders for writing up estimates and the sense there was in doing this. In a similar manner, EICR’s are the same but perhaps even more important. They are relatively quick to perform and draw your attention to any potential problems before you run into them. Or you could fall into the old trap of having a builder start, ripping everything out and then saying “oh by the way, XYZ need doing too and it will be this much extra”.
When you have a defined set of works, like an electrical installation certificate will provide you, it will greatly reduce the likelihood of overruns/added expense. It will also give you above all knowledge and understanding. Plus, a firm more inclined to rely on paperwork is likely to be more professional. Hence, there is a much greater chance of you obtaining value for money. Electrical installation condition reports also demonstrate to future potential buyers that you have cared and looked after your premises. Surveyors are increasingly interested in the electrical side of reports. And also what better a way to satisfy them than showing all the certificates that any reputable electrical installation company will give you.