Is your home at risk from faulty wiring? Two-thirds of buyers in Bristol and Bath fail to check electrics or better still get an EICR when purchasing a property


Two-thirds of the homes purchased in Bristol and Bath in the last two years have not been checked for electrical safety, a charity has warned.

Electrical Safety First says homebuyers mistakenly believe a survey will check the electrics, leaving them at risk of high bills, electric shock or fire.

Buyers are instead being urged to get a Homebuyer Electrical Installation Condition Report

The survey by Electrical Safety First claimed this means 67 per cent have failed to check their electrics.

The cost of remedying electrical issues after moving in averages approximately £2,000, according to the charity, with some costs rising as high as £10,000.

Davids Story
David bought his first house last year and was excited to get onto the property ladder. However, he explains that his good vibe was short-lived:

“A few months after moving in my lights started sparking so once I had managed to switch it off I called an electrician over for some advice. I’ve now had to fork out almost £8,000 to cover the cost of the damage and to rewire the entire house. I can’t help thinking that all this could have been avoided if I had just had an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) done before buying my home”

The average cost to fix an electrical problem identified after moving into a property is £1,704. But as David’s story shows, it could be much higher. And as around 70 people die and 350,000 are seriously injured as a result of electricity each year, you could be saving more than just money by getting the electrics checked.

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