Selling Your Home? Do NOT forget your Part P Certification

Sep 14, 2022 | Domestic, Electrical, News

As a homeowner you’ve probably never heard of Part P certification. And it is probably not at the top of your shopping list. But if you are selling your home, it should be. Ask yourself this.

When was the last time you had your electrics assessed by a professional?

For the average homeowner, the answer is probably NEVER.

Unlike businesses, homeowners are not obliged to have their electrical works tested under Health & Safety regs.

That’s good, right?

Well, not always. It can come back to bite you when you want to sell your home…

What is Part P and why should I care?

In 2016, the Government introduced electrical safety rules into the Building Regulations for England and Wales. As a result, fixed electrical installation work in domestic properties must meet Building Regulations, by law.

The Part P rules mean anyone carrying out electrical works in a home MUST ensure:

  • Legislation has been met
  • Risk of fire has been mitigated
  • Risk of electric shocks has been mitigated
  • The electrics are safe!

All electrical work (apart from some small minor jobs) must be reported to the local building-control OR be carried out by a qualified electrician who is registered within one of the Government’s schemes.

All works completed after 2015 must be Part P compliant!

Who is responsible for making sure electrical works meet Part P?

You, the homeowner or landlord, must be able to prove the electrical works in your property meet Part P regulations, by law. Otherwise, you will be committing a criminal offence. 

So for any electrical work you do, you should get a professional to do it for you. That’s probably the easiest way to comply with the Law.

So what has Part P certification got to do with selling my house?

It’s simple. Buyers are asking for them!

No one wants to buy their dream home and later find out the wiring is faulty, or worse, dangerous!

Some mortgage advisors prompt buyers to request the Part P paperwork because they need to know it’s a safe investment.

Think about it – if a cowboy electrician was hired based on price alone, the home could be riddled with ‘ticking time bombs’.

To get the job done as quickly as possible, corners may have been cut… Just look at this!!

Dangers of cowboys for Essex business electrics

This electrician didn’t do the job properly. He couldn’t be bothered to remove the old wiring and replace it. Instead, he cut corners AND buried the problem – literally! He taped the old wires up and buried them in the wall… later to be discovered by us.

The homeowners were none the wiser. Imagine what could have happened if they drilled through those live wires to hang a picture? Or knocked down the wall.

Home buyers don’t want nasty surprises and hidden costs. That’s why Part P is important to buyers. And that’s why Part P certification is so valuable to you as a seller.

Without proof, you may experience problems trying to sell your property. For a seamless selling experience, you need an audit from the professionals who can tell you if your wiring is up to scratch!

Blake’s, local electrical contractors you can trust!

Blake Contractors are members of NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting). For you, that means we have been checked for:

  • Safety and competence
  • Compliance with Building Regulations
  • Complaints Procedure and exceptional service

If you are unsure whether your home is compliant with Part P regulations, get in touch with us.

Our NICEIC approved contractors regularly carry out condition reports. We can:

  1. Audit your electrical works to identify any issues
  2. Produce Part P certification if your home does meet legislation
  3. Offer you a quote for any work required to bring you up to scratch

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