This is an important electrical testing of a properties electrical installation system
regarding its age and condition. The Governments climb down and u-turn on the compulsory
introduction of Home Condition Reports is a warning to home buyers that it is down
to individuals to seek professional advice regarding the condition of any home they
are considering purchasing.
A lot of home buyers are unaware that a lot of bank, building society and mortgage
lenders surveys only include a visual inspection of the properties electrics. Inspection
is rarely made behind walls or under floorboards, faulty electrics can be expensive
to put right as well as the inconvenience and disruption of putting it right.
Domestic housing stock built in Britain before 1945 represents 40% of the sector
therefore it is important to have an electrical survey on older properties before
exchanging contracts. The PIR will give home buyers an idea of any work that is
needed along with an estimated cost of remedial work that the home buyer may be able
to negotiate off of the asking price or if you are selling a property to prove the
condition of the electrical installation. Also knowing what work needs completing
in advance before moving in and before any re-decoration takes place.
General Format of a Periodic Inspection Report
The installation under inspection will be compared to the latest edition of the IEE
BS 7671: 2008 17th edition electrical regulations and using the latest PIR Best Practice
Guide Recommendation Codes from the Electrical Safety Council any deviations will
be reported and a code number allocated. General guidance of the format of items
•Are electrical circuits overloaded
• Look for potential hazards
• Identify DIY work
• Investigate the condition of earthing and bonding
• Tests on wiring to fixed electrical equipment
• Condition of the consumer unit (fusebox)
• Condition of the cables installed and type installed
• Socket and lighting outlet condition and type
• Electrical appliances and fittings in bathrooms
• Insulation tests on cables and outlets
When Should PIR Checks Be Carried Out
• Private Property Installation Inspected - Every 10 Years
• Or At Change Of Property Ownership
• Property Under Tenancy Agreement - Every 5 Years
• Or At Change of Tenancy Agreement
What Are The Stages Involved In a Periodic Inspection Report
Basically there are three stages to a periodic inspection report:
Stage One: You contact AFEXS.com Electrical Services enquiring about PIR, agreeing
limitations of the inspection which vary from job to job with cost which will be
put in writing before work will proceed.
Stage Two: You instruct AFEXS.com to carry out the PIR, the time on site will vary
relating to the size and complexity of the installation but normally takes between
half a day to a full day on site making notes of observations, test results and taking
photos as required.
Stage Three: We then finish on site and go away to write up the report along with
the test results etc. If remedial work is required AFEXS.com will submit an estimate
of work that requires completing in writing to the client with the written report.