Condition report charging is based on the number of final circuits in your installation that are to be tested. To work out what charges may be involved with obtaining a report, use the following rule-of-thumb guide....
Old fuse boxes
Count any circuit breakers (1) including any that are switched off
Count any rewireable fuses (2)
Count any cartridge fuses (3)
Do not count empty fuseways (4)
Do not count the main switch (5)
Modern consumer units
Count any circuit breakers (1), (4) including any any that are switched off
Do not count any RCD's (2), (5) (typically twice the width of a circuit breaker and with a TEST button)
Do not count any blanked-off ways (3)
Count any RCBO's (6) (same width as a circuit breaker, but with the addition of a TEST button)
Do not count the main switch (7)
Still not sure? Send me picture(s) of your installation and I'll do the counting for you!
Counting the number of circuits will give you an indication of the likely cost based on the EICR charges listed on my pricing page, however there are a few factors to bear in mind....
If a fuseway or circuit breaker turns out to be spare (no circuit connected), then you won't be charged, but count any breakers that are switched off just in case something is connected to them.
If a fuseway or circuit breaker is serving more than one circuit, then you will be charged for each circuit tested.
If there are any circuits we are unable to test on the day for reasons of practicality, e.g. can't test a garage supply circuit because it's locked up or blocked by a stored vehicle, then you won't be charged for that circuit and it will be listed as a limitation on the report.
If a circuit is present but switched off, then it will still be tested and chargeable.
If a circuit is present but has been decommissioned (disconnected so it cannot be used), then you won't be charged for that circuit unless you state you have plans to have it recommissioned and want it checked out.
Empty fuseways will be assumed to be decommissioned and any circuit still connected to such will be disconnected and not tested unless we're instructed to do otherwise.
Even though items such as main switches and RCD's are not counted, they are still inspected and tested, but no extra charges are incurred.
If you have more than one fuse box/consumer unit/distribution board, then count the circuits in each if you intend to have them all tested.
You may ask for any given circuit or fuse box/consumer unit to be omitted from the process and this will be listed as a limitation on the report. Of course, the less we can inspect and test, the less useful the final report will be.
If a circuit is unlabelled and we cannot trace what it is doing in order to test it, then we will leave it untested and decommissioned and you won't be charged.
Circuits that are in a non-operable state (blown/tripped) will be tested and chargeable, and a recommendation made for repair.