The Building regulations aimed at curbing the rising number of deaths, injuries and house fires caused by faulty electrical installations, come into force on 1st January 2005. The new rules affect anyone considering electrical work in the home, including DIY enthusiasts. For the purposes of Building Regulations a fixed electrical system means those parts of the wiring and appliances that are fixed to the building fabric (e.g. cables, sockets, switches, fuse-boxes, immersion heaters and ceiling fittings). Minor jobs like replacing sockets and light switches will not be affected, but anyone thinking of, for example, adding new circuits to their house will have to get building control involved. The alternative is to get the work carried out by a suitably qualified expert.
Failure to comply with the building regulations is a criminal offence. Local authorities also have the power to require the removal or alteration of work that does not comply with the requirements.
Each year on average 10 people die and about 750 are seriously injured in accidents involving unsafe electrical installations in the home. In addition, in 2003, 2,336 house fires were caused by faulty installations. It is believed that risks from unsafe electrical installations have increased over recent years due to the rising numbers and variety of electrical systems and appliances in buildings plus increased demands being made on them. The privatisation of the supply industry in 1988 leading to fewer electrical supplier interventions in consumer installations is also thought to be a contributory factor.
Electrical accident rates in houses are rising, compared with those for carbon monoxide poising, gas explosions and collisions with glass - all of which are covered by the Building Regulations. Risks in future could increase as rising consumer ownership of portable and fixed electrical appliances is causing extra demand for extensions and alterations to existing electrical installations. The risks posed by unsafe electrical installations and portable appliances are electric shock and burns and injuries arising from fires in buildings ignited by electrical components overheating or arcing. Installations properly designed, fitted, tested and commissioned in accordance with BS7671 will help to minimise these risks.NICEIC
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Marshalls offer two types of residential building survey: The Marshalls Building Survey Report and The RICS Building Survey Report.
These are our most detailed surveys and are suitable for most types and ages of property, particularly older houses.
Marshalls offer the full range of RICS Home Surveys: The RICS Building Survey, The RICS Homebuyer Report and The RICS Condition Report.
These surveys have the popular traffic light condition rating format and are mainly suitable for more modern houses and flats.
Marshalls undertake residential valuation instructions for mortgage lending, Inheritance tax (probate), shared ownership, Housing Association, Charities Act, matrimonial and other purposes. We also undertake expert witness work and can advise on leasehold enfranchisement (lease extension).
All of our Chartered Surveyors are RICS Registered Valuers highly experienced in the local property market.
In addition to residential surveys and valuations, Marshalls offer a full range of commercial services, including commercial surveys, schedules of condition and dilapidations advice on behalf of both landlords and tenants.
Note: we do not undertake commercial valuations.
Marshalls offer a full range of specialist Party Wall services, working for both building owners and adjoining owners.
If you have received party wall notices from your neighbour or you are planning to carry out works, which may come under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, we can advise you of your options.
A lease is a wasting asset and as the remaining term becomes shorter, a residential property may be difficult to sell or mortgage. As a general rule, any lease with less than 70 years remaining can be problematical and you may need to consider a lease extension or possibly a freehold purchase.
Marshalls offer comprehensive Leasehold enfranchisement advice, both for landlords and tenants.
Your choice of survey report has never been wider: Marshalls undertake five types of survey on residential properties.
Marshalls were established in 1979 and can offer great local knowledge and experience of all types of building. We might not be the cheapest, but you can be confident that we are the experts in our field.
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Marshalls have offices in Oxford (01865-863020) and Newbury (01635-529777).
We cover Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and adjoining areas of Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.