If you need an electrician or an experienced electrical contractor for any type or size of design, installation, maintenance and repairs, look no further than Sterling Electrical Contractors Limited.
We’ve got decades of experience installing outside security lights, entire house rewires and fully integrated security systems installed to all the highest standards. Working directly for private homeowners as well as landlords, letting agencies and property management companies our client properties include all kinds of houses, blocks of flats and even entire housing estate developments. Our high quality domestic electrical services are offered across London and the South East, with large scale projects available nationwide.
Our range of domestic electrical contracting services for homeowners, buyers and property developers includes;
- New build, refit and refurbishment services
- Periodic test and inspection certificates
- Homebuyers and landlords should read our guidance notes below on what needs to be done in these checks and how often
- PAT testing for anything with a 13A plug; essential for landlords
- Home rewires and wiring upgrades such as additional sockets
- Energy efficiency installations such as the most modern lighting
- Landscape, interior and display lighting
- Electric underfloor heating, storage heaters and others
- Connection of cookers, showers, boilers and immersion heaters
- Fire detection installations, repairs and upgrades
- Security system design, installation and maintenance
Our electrical services are comprehensive and versatile with decades of experience in our team and a wide range of qualifications and accreditations including NICEIC for your absolute assurance of a professional job. We take pride in the best customer service as well, ensuring our customers understand all their options with full consultations and clear quotations helping them come to an ideal decision. Experience as designers means we can offer more options than most and real flexibility to help get exactly the result you’re looking for.
The complete electricians service for homeowners and landlords
Based out of Essex, close to London, our friendly team work across the South East including Kent, Surrey, the Home Counties, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Suffolk
Whatever your domestic electrician needs, or electrical contracting needs on large domestic construction, maintenance and renovation, speak to the experts at Sterling Electrical for the total service; quality, safe, competitive. Contact us today to arrange a survey and quotation with one of our friendly team.
Guidance on home electrical safety
Disclaimer: Please do not rely solely on this information, which is no more than our understanding of the law as it applies to England and Wales. Before taking any action seek expert advice with the full facts of your case and all documents to hand.
In England and Wales there is currently no statutory requirement to have annual safety checks on electrical equipment in the home as there is with gas, but it advisable to do so as you can still be liable if things go wrong; there are around 30 deaths and 4,000 accidents annually in the UK involving home electrics.
Electrical safety advice for landlords
If you let property in England and Wales you must ensure that electrical equipment and the electrical system are safe.
So whilst there’s no statutory requirement to have an annual electrical check, the Safety in Rental Property the Landlord's Common Law duty of care, the Landlord & Tenant Act 1985 and several other statutory regulations require that the electrical equipment is safe at the start of every tenancy and maintained in a safe condition throughout the tenancy.
Electrical hazards are also covered by the Housing Health and safety Rating System under the Housing Act 2004.
In the case of commercial property and houses in multiple occupations there is a statutory duty under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 for the responsible person (the property manager) to carry out annual Fire Safety Risk Assessments, which include electrical safety risks.
If you let property you must also ensure that the electrical system and all appliances supplied are safe to comply with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987, and not doing so is in opposition to the regulations of the HSE.
These regulations are enforced by the HSE.
Practical safety steps for landlords
You are advised to make visual inspections yourself, recording everything on a safety checklist; make a note of all fuse and breaker ratings on the inventory.
Arrange professional inspections on tenant change-over recording electrical equipment, its condition and fuses fitted. PAT Testing needs to be considered for anything that connects via a 13A plug.
Make sure that tenants know the location of and have access to the main consumer unit, fuses and isolator switch.
We recommend Periodic Inspections of electrical equipment by a qualified electrician to ensure that the electrical system complies with current electrical regulations. These are also known as Fixed Installation Testing and involve the testing of electrical services and systems that conduct electricity around the building. It covers all of the hard wiring in a building and includes items such as the consumer unit, lighting, socket outlets, air conditioning and other fixed plant.
Ask your electrician to ensure an RCD circuit breaker is fitted to power circuits.
Ideally do not supply appliances, but any you do must be complete and maintained in good working order. You must ensure that operating instructions and safety warning notices are supplied with the appliances.
Keep all records of these inspections.
If you are in any doubt about the wiring or the safety of any appliances you should consult a qualified electrician.
For advice, guidance and services covering all of these ongoing maintenance requirements speak to us at Sterling Electrical throughout London, Essex and the South East; click here to contact us today.