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Periodic Inspection Report

Periodic Inspection Report (PIR)

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 covered are:-





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 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 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 will submit an estimate of work that requires completing in writing to the client with the written report.