Home Buyers – Is your house safe???

Is your home at risk from faulty wiring? Two-thirds of buyers fail to check electrics when purchasing a property

Two-thirds of the homes purchased in the last two years have not been checked for electrical safety, a charity has warned.

Electrical Safety First says homebuyers mistakenly believe a survey will check the electrics, leaving them at risk of high bills, electric shock or fire.

Buyers are instead being urged to get an Electrical Installation Condition Report.

Time to mend that broken switch?:  There is no legal requirement to get an electrical report when buying a residential property but it could save you money and prevent damage

Time to mend that broken switch?:  There is no legal requirement to get an electrical report when buying a residential property but it could save you money and prevent damage

There are several obvious items to check when purchasing a property such as the quality of the boiler, roof, damp and the structure – many of which will be picked up by surveys.

But if you want to check the electrics then you would need a separate inspection by an electrician.

A survey of more than 2,000 homeowners who purchased their property in the past two years found of the 2.4million property sales in the past two years, only 37 per cent have used a an EICR.

The survey by Electrical Safety First claimed this means 67 per cent have failed to check their electrics.

The cost of remedying electrical issues after moving in averages approximately £2,000, according to the charity, with some costs rising as high as £10,000.


1. Neighbourhood 91%

2. Structural work needed 91%

3. Boiler age 90%

4. Risk of subsidence 90%

5. Damp 90%

6. The safety of the electrics 87%

7. Amount of work needed on the property 86%

8. Neighbours 86%

9. Service charge 83%

10. Proximity to good transport links 76% 

The poll also found that electrical safety comes sixth in the top 10 considerations when purchasing a property, with the neighbourhood, structural work, boiler, subsidence and damp at the top.

Phil Buckle, director general of Electrical Safety First, said: ‘It’s easy to bypass checking the electrics when purchasing a property if you think it is included in the recommended home survey report – our research suggests this is the case for around 20 per cent of people.

‘However, not conducting an EICR significantly increases the risk of additional expense, and electric shock or fire, to the buyer and their family. We’re encouraging people to use a registered electrician to do a quick and relatively inexpensive check to ensure they know exactly what they’re getting into with the property purchase.’

What is an EICR?

An Electrical Installation Condition Report inspects the state of the switches, sockets, wiring and any other power sources in a property to check they comply with international safety standards. 

Similar to a home or building survey, you can get this done before contracts are exchanged on a property purchase. 

They need to be done by qualified electricians and will involve a visual inspection to identify any overloaded or broken power sources as well as electrical testing to make sure all the connections are safe and correct. 

Costs will vary depending on who you use and where you live but expect to pay £160 to £230 plus VAT. There may be more to pay if anything needs to be fixed but this could help you negotiate the purchase price and save you money in the future.

There is no legal requirement to get an electrical report when buying a residential property but since December landlords in England and Scotland  have been put under a legal requirement to ensure their rented properties are electrically safe by providing regular reports, or they may face fines. 


– Check the property has RCD protection in the fusebox

– Ensure that plugs and sockets are not damaged

– Check that visible cables and leads are in good condition

– Check that the light fittings are not visibly damaged and that downlighters are in good working condition

– Before exchanging contracts make sure you have had a registered electrician conduct an Electrical Installation Condition report done, this will ensure your new home is safe and you aren’t left holding the bill; a full rewire can run into thousands of pound.

Electrical Safety First has a free ‘Home electrical safety checks’ app to conduct a visual check of the electrics in the property, which walks you through what to look out for in each room.


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Periodic inspection explained

Electrical House safety check! 

(Periodic Inspection, ECIR)

All electrical INSTALLATIONS deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’.

Once COMPLETED you will be issued with an Electrical Condition Report (EICR).

A periodic inspection will:

Reveal if any of YOUR electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
Identify any defective electrical work.
Highlight any lack of earthing or BONDING.
Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to CHECK that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a PROPERTY.
How often is a periodic inspection required?

Your electrics should be inspected and tested atleast every as minimal:

10 years for an owner-occupied home.
5 years or new tenants for a rented home.
3 years for a caravan
1 year for a swimming pool.
Other times when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:

When a PROPERTY is being prepared for letting.
Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.
Who should carry out the periodic inspection and what happens?

Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically COMPETENT persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations).
The inspection takes into ACCOUNT all the relevant circumstances and checks on:

The adequacy of earthing and BONDING.
The suitability of the switchgear and controlgear. For example, an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.
The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that may need replacing include: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting pvc insulation).
Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are PROTECTED by a suitable residual current device (RCD).
The presence of adequate identification and notices.
The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.
The COMPETENT person will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report DETAILINGany observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.

If anything dangerous or potentially dangerous is found, the overall condition of the electrical INSTALLATION will be declared to be ‘unsatisfactory’, meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.

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About us and Client base

IMG_0704 Russell Starks started R A STARKS Electrical Contractors after gaining top quality experiences in the following fields:

Russell First started at M D GUY & SON (Verwood), where he gained qualification of becoming 16th edition electrician after a intensive 4 year apprenticeship course. While Russell was gaining experience in the commercial sector mainly working in schools through out the south. These projects could be as big as 18 month contracts.

Russell was then intrigued to learn more about the domestic sector. Russell worked at a company that does electrical work 1 house in every 20 houses built in the UK. This was through out the south managing upto three sites at a time and on building with up to 500 plots (houses and flats).

Russell then joined an electrical shop fitting company to gain experience in this area, mainly working through out the UK in betting shops.

Russell then started R A STARKS Electrical Contractors in 2012 which now after all his hard work, the company now is in the transition period of great growth.
R A STARKS Electrical now have a good solid client base as we see as a great foundation to no begin the transition of the “go to electrical contractor!”
The business has always been run on the basis that all our customers are treated in the way that I would expect a tradesman to behave when working in my own home. Working on this principle, with some great staff, great customers and hard work the business soared.
our philosophy is simple – give the customers what they want on time with minimum fuss.

Why not view some of our clientele!

Some of our Clients

Clothing and Footwear Shops

Public houses and Restaurants
The White Hart, Poulner, Ringwood.
The Crown Tap, Ringwood.
The Elm Tree, Ringwood.
The Lamb Inn, Ringwood.
Candlesticks, Ringwood.

Estate Agents and Property Management
Martin & CO,
Hearnes Estate agents,
Panorama property management,
Gordon Barker residential lettings,

Property Developers
Featherstone properties,
Mulberry developments,

Quest Construction,
GR Westbuild,
Phoenix building services,
Pegasus building services,

2 Kings Jewellers,
Mploy staffing solutions,
Hammicks legal bookshop,
D W B Long ltd,
JCT Developments,
Ellingham Cricket club,
Ringwood town football club.

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Electrical Services Bournemouth Ringwood and further afield

For the best electrical service that you want through out all of Bournemouth be sure to come to R A STARKS Electrical Contractors today.

Here at R A STARKS Electrical we are one of the best known electrical companies that have been serving there customers through out the Bournemouth and Ringwood area, R A STARKS Electrical is family business, giving the customers who come to us a service that they are in titled too and will always gain when you come to us, our services run from replacement of a switch to a full re-wire, new builds and refurbishments. All of our services are done and completed by our well trained staff, each one of them have the highest degree and qualifications that you can gain in the UK and are always on top of the health and safety to ensure the best safeness for you and our company.

Our electrical service.

At R A STARKS Electrical we are apart of what is called the National Inspection council for Electrical Installation contractors, this is one of the biggest electrical councils through out the UK, all of our practices and standards of work are carried out from here so when we go out to our customers we can apply everything we know to you and give you not only the best results that you can only get from us but you will know that you are in safe hands and our team will talk to you bit by bit in what we are doing and why we are doing it.

No matter if we are working in a home or operational business we will always work to the needs you are requiring and the attention to detail you want. Our reputation is something we like to keep and high and proud, so if you want something specifically done you can be sure that it will be done and you can be proud of it. Our team will make give you a service that you will happy and satisfied that you came to R A STARKS Electrical.

 Our standards will always electrify to the top.

When customers come to us we like to ensure them that they are in the right hands, we have much more experience in training and practical work with the customers, as a family business we understand it can be daunting experience looking for someone who can look after and guarantee’s to look after your electricity now it is an essential part of everyday life and we use it for everything. Over the years we have been running, we have always ensured to all of customers and to people looking for an electrical team to support them that they get what they deserve because you always come first in our eyes and we are proud to say we are still running strong and high and you still come first.

Get in contact with us today.

If you are looking for an electrical company who not only will deliver what you require to the exact pin point and even more at a price to suit you and who will look after you and will guide you step by step in what we are doing  and why, then be sure to contact R A STARKS Electrical Contractors on  – 01425 460419 today, we are ready to work, are you ready for us?

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Electrical Home Safety, Electrician Bournemouth

Every year in UK homes, about 70 people die and 350,000 are seriously injured from electrical accidents.

Electrical fires account for almost half of accidental house fires – over 21,000 a year, and 2.5 million British adults say they have experienced an electric shock at home.

Approximately nine out of ten (89%) electrical fires are caused by electrical products, mainly through their misuse.
The ESC offers simple advice to help you to keep yourself, your loved ones and your homes safe from electrical accidents and fires. We have a range of leaflets that you can download, as well as a ‘calculator’ that helps you to check you are not overloading sockets. Our free smartphone app guides you through simple visual checks of the electrics in your home.

Why not take an advantage of our offer for a visual inspection for only £75.00!!!
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Firm Fined After Worker’s Electric Shock

A Poole-based engineering company has been fined after a painter was thrown five metres to the ground after getting an electric shock from live power cables.

John Scrimshaw, 50, from Bournemouth, was decorating the dispatch bay at Hamworthy Combustion Engineering Ltd on 5 July 2010. As he was cleaning paint splashes from the cables he received an electric shock and fell to the floor from the platform he was working on.

Mr Scrimshaw suffered fractures to his collar bone and hand, and burns to his wrist and foot. He has not been able to return to work.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted Hamworthy Combustion Engineering on October 31st for safety failings after an investigation into the incident.

Poole Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Scrimshaw had been hired to redecorate the dispatch bay following a fire in November 2009.

HSE found the electricity cables, which powered an overhead crane used to move heavy industrial heating units, were bare and had not been isolated at the time of the incident.

HSE also found that, as part of the initial remedial works, scaffolding was erected to remove fire-damaged insulating boards in January 2010. As the work was underway, a scaffolder had received an electric shock when a steel scaffold tube he was handling made contact with the bare power cables.

Hamworthy Combustion Engineering, of Fleets Corner, Poole, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 4(3) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and was fined £16,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,372.50.

Speaking after the prosecution, HSE Inspector Frank Flannery said:

“This was a wholly preventable incident which could have resulted in a more serious outcome for Mr Scrimshaw.

“Whilst Hamworthy Combustion Engineering Ltd introduced control measures to prevent a recurrence of the first incident, they neglected to maintain these controls, which changed over time and allowed what was a known hazard to redevelop.

“Had the company adhered to the safe system of work and isolated the electricity supply, this clearly would not have happened.”

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Electric charging points to be installed in Dorset

DORSET is set to make big strides in attracting drivers of electric cars with the announcement that 15 rapid-charging points are to be installed.

Borough of Poole, Bournemouth Borough Council and Dorset County Council have jointly secured £723,000 from the Government to provide the fast-charge stations around the area.

The aim is to make long journeys in electric cars viable by removing the ‘range anxiety’ that is associated with most current models, which typically cannot travel more than around 100 miles before they need juice.

Rapid charging points can recharge an electric car in 40 minutes, compared to the four to eight hours needed to top-up using a standard home charger.

The funding will see four new points in Poole, three in Bournemouth and eight around the rest of Dorset.

Their locations have been chosen due to their proximity to the main north-south-east-west routes or to provide somewhere once drivers get to the coast.

Cllr Xena Dion, cabinet portfolio holder for a prosperous and sustainable Poole, said: “This funding is great news, not only for those people who already use electric vehicles, but also for those residents and businesses who may be thinking about using them in the future.

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“Especially as electric vehicles are not only a lot cheaper to run but also good for the environment too. We also look forward to welcoming visitors to the town, who will now have the reassurance that they can easily ‘top-up’ their electric vehicle before their return journey.”

Cllr Hilary Cox, cabinet member for environment at Dorset County Council, added: “This is a solution to the chicken and egg problem facing motorists, who want to drive low energy cars but worry about recharging them.”

Cllr Michael Filer, cabinet member for transport for Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “We hope these new charging points encourage electric car owners to visit our vibrant tourist town now they know they have a place to charge their car, as well as promote the benefits of electric cars to our local residents.”

Work to install the rapid charging points will start in the spring and the project will be completed by the end of 2014.

Where the sites will be Where the rapid charging points will be:

New Orchard, Poole
Serpentine Road, Poole
Ashley Road, Poole
Poole Road, Westbourne
West Hill car park, Bournemouth
Bournemouth Travel Interchange, Bournemouth
Hawkwood Road main car park, Bournemouth
Wimborne Minster
Blandford Forum
Lyme Regis
The exact locations of the rapid charging points in Dorset will be announced soon.

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If you require an electrician Bournemouth,Ringwood and Southampton, Verwood, Ferndown along with areas of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire please contact R A Starks Electrical Contractors.

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