Buying property: Why you should always get the electrics checked

In this article, All Phase explains why homebuyers should always get the electrics checked when buying a property.

In England, it’s not common for properties to be advertised on the market with a building survey in place.

For many buyers, this means that as their purchase progresses, they appoint a surveyor to view the property to identify underlying issues. If structural or internal problems are found, most buyers negotiate with the seller to reduce the property’s cost or fix the problem before contracts are exchanged, and the sale is completed.

Generally speaking, most sellers and buyers will not be aware of underlying issues within their house – especially when it comes to hidden things like electrics. Typically, people see that lights, showers, and appliances work and take them at face value.

And even the most thorough survey won’t always uncover hidden horrors that could cost the buyer more money than they expected in the long run.

For this reason, we advise homebuyers to book an inspection with a professional electrical contractor at All Phase.

Book an EICR with a trusted contractor

During an EICR inspection, a certified member of the All Phase team will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the electrical system within the property to determine whether the property is safe and if there are any underlying issues for prospective buyers to be aware of.

The report will contain recommendations that can be used as a guide for the buyer to get a quote for the work. At All Phase, we provide realistic quotes for clients and adhere to industry safety standards, so you’ll have the peace of mind that we will provide a competitive quote for any potential work.

Why should you always get the electrics checked when buying property

We understand that buying a property comes with a range of upfront costs. An EICR is something homebuyers overlook, but it could reduce the purchase price of your property or save you money on a long-term refurbishment.

An older property might look great on the surface. However, you may find that you have to rewire the entire property, which could mean you have to rip up and replace the flooring, replaster walls and ceilings, and completely redecorate the home.

In addition, you don’t want to move your family into an unsafe property.

It is best to book an EICR alongside a survey to ensure that you are in the best position to negotiate the price of your property should any hidden issues arise.  

On the other hand, if your report shows that the property already meets standards, you will purchase the house safe in the knowledge that you won’t have any hidden costs in the coming years due to hidden electrical faults.

What’s more, you would have built a relationship with a trusted local electrician in your area, which means if you decide to renovate in the future, you have an established connection with a company you trust to carry out the work.

If you are in the process of buying a property or are considering an investment property that needs work, contact All Phase to book an EICR inspection.