What You Need to Know...

A visual inspection is a basic check to identify any visible signs of defects, damage or deterioration.

No circuit testing will be undertaken, so your electricity will likely remain on during the inspection.

The electrician will need to be given access to all of the rooms in your home. The report will typically take around 1 hour to complete depending on the size of the property.

Notes will be taken by the electrician as part of the visual inspection and a Visual Inspection Report (VIR) will be issued to the homeowner at the end.

The Visual Inspection report will record a number of observations and recommendations and provide an overall summary of the condition of the installation.

Below is a checklist of the things you can expect to be looked at during a visual inspection.

  • Consumer Unit (main fuse board)

  • Sockets
Light Fittings

  • Light switches

  • Electrical cables or leads

  • Earthing and bonding

  • Extension leads

  • Kitchen safety

  • Bathroom safety

  • Signs of wear and tear

  • Visible signs of burning/scorching

  • RCD protection around the home