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Cost for EIRC and fuse box replacement

edited 29 May 2015 at 8:59AM in Is this quote fair?
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edited 29 May 2015 at 8:59AM in Is this quote fair?
Been quoted £350 (vat included already).

That includes a) firstly doing a full house check to produce the EIRC electrical safety report, and then b) replacing the fuse box to a new unit and installing it

Is this reasonable?

I had assumed just b) would have produced an EICR anyway so am I double paying?

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  • Annie1960Annie1960 Forumite
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    I paid that much just to check the electrics before I bought my house recently. Sounds very cheap to me if this also includes a fuse box (presumably with RCDs).
  • JRT404JRT404 Forumite
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    Annie1960 wrote: »
    I paid that much just to check the electrics before I bought my house recently. Sounds very cheap to me if this also includes a fuse box (presumably with RCDs).

    Seems expensive to me - 350 for just the checks. Did your electrician produce you an EICR?
  • RisteardRisteard Forumite
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    JRT404 wrote: »
    I had assumed just b) would have produced an EICR anyway so am I double paying?

    It most certainly would not. An Electrical Installation Certificate would be provided, which would ONLY pertain to the work carried out.

    An Electrical Installation Condition Report, on the other hand, will assess the suitability of the electrical installation to remain in service by highlighting where it may be unsafe.
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  • edited 29 May 2015 at 1:45PM
    brightontravellerbrightontraveller Forumite
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    edited 29 May 2015 at 1:45PM
    A descent 17th edition CU will cost you £100- £200 dependent on number circuit and if RCBO's are used cost increases, Most charge £100 + for EICR alone again dependent on number of circuits etc, If your getting EIRC/ EIC installation cert etc and CU for £350 that’s very very competitive. I wouldn’t think VAT is even being charged as at price quoted I’d doubt they were even registered for it, That doesn’t mean they are not any good just there turnover is below VAT threshold.

    Are you paying twice? Well sort of first finds the faults, dangerous broken parts, deviations from the regulations etc Some repair replace etc as they go and charge customer for these when they produce the EIRC/ EIC cert etc plus extras for works done (can leave client with a shock high bill) Others do test again finding faults dangerous broken parts, deviations from the regulations etc issue client Fail cert and let them decide when and who does the remedial works ?

    Either way is not a rip off double charging it’s just impossible to know prior to test what, will won’t fail or if there are any faults if the first test passes without deviations etc then you don’t need to replace CU but most requesting EICR are doing so for a reason? That reason often dictates if CU is to be replaced more than test results?
  • DollyDee_2DollyDee_2 Forumite
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    I've recently had an EICR for my late Mom's house. It was £120 + VAT = £144.00. The electrician was there 3 hours and the report which you receive later was about 9 pages. This is in the Midlands.

    Mom's house needed a new CU as the one in the house didn't have RCD's. Other work had to be done as well - new immersion heater, new bathroom light fitting (should not have exposed bulbs in bathrooms), the wiring to the light in the conservatory plus some other odds & sods - earth wires etc. Cost £406 + VAT = £487.20. Certificate (6 pages) in the post a few days later. This was 2 electricians for one and a bit days.

    Doesn't sound like you are being overcharged.
  • JRT404JRT404 Forumite
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    DollyDee wrote: »
    I've recently had an EICR for my late Mom's house. It was £120 + VAT = £144.00. The electrician was there 3 hours and the report which you receive later was about 9 pages. This is in the Midlands.

    Mom's house needed a new CU as the one in the house didn't have RCD's. Other work had to be done as well - new immersion heater, new bathroom light fitting (should not have exposed bulbs in bathrooms), the wiring to the light in the conservatory plus some other odds & sods - earth wires etc. Cost £406 + VAT = £487.20. Certificate (6 pages) in the post a few days later. This was 2 electricians for one and a bit days.

    Doesn't sound like you are being overcharged.

    firstly - my condolences regarding your mother. May she rest in peace.

    Regarding the work you did - was the 487 on top of the 144 for the EICR, or are you saying total was 487 for both the EICR and the follow up work?

    my engineer is saying he will be inspecting for 2 hours. doesn't that feel a little short in terms of time (it's a 2 bed semi detached property)
  • DollyDee_2DollyDee_2 Forumite
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    Yes, the £487 was in addition to the £144.

    Mom's house is a 3 bed semi.

    Thank you for your comments about Mom, that was very thoughtful of you.

    To be honest, when 2 electricians turned up to do the work and then said they would have to come back the following day to finish off, I got worried that the quote was just for labour but they confirmed it was for everything. They were there for a total of 9-10 hours.
  • edited 30 May 2015 at 11:27AM
    Annie1960Annie1960 Forumite
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    edited 30 May 2015 at 11:27AM
    JRT404 wrote: »
    Seems expensive to me - 350 for just the checks. Did your electrician produce you an EICR?

    I got a very full report that ran to several pages, lots of technical details. It says EICR on the top.
  • DollyDee_2DollyDee_2 Forumite
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    Yes, same as me, about 9/10 pages and it is an EICR - Electrical Installation Condition Report.
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