All installations should be checked on a regular basis, the harsher the environment the level between intervals should be increased. Domestic properties should be tested at a maximum of ten years, but we often find these are never carried out. If you are in the process of purchasing a property we would strongly advise that you arrange for an Electrical Installation Condition Report to be obtained prior to the purchase.
Always obtain several quotes for this as prices vary considerably, the purpose of the report is to obtain enough information of the condition and recommendations on the fixed wiring, most house holder’s go for the cheapest quote, but we have found that the companies offering the cheapest prices do not thoroughly test the entire installation but only carry out the easy parts.
The purpose of the test is to ensure that the property you live in, rent out or intend to purchase is safe, by saving a few pounds in the first instance could cost you a whole lot more in the long run in terms of money and safety.