How can I be sure the contractor completing my EICR is not creating work just to charge me more money?

You should always check the credentials and qualifications of any contractor you choose to use. Look for a contractor who holds NICEIC, CHAS and Registered Competent Person qualifications, as Black Pear Electrical do, and check what experience they have in your particular sector.

To remove the risk of unnecessary work being charged to clients you can use any, qualified electrical contractor to complete the actions identified in your EICR report – you do not have to use the same contractor which completed the report.

In addition, you do not have to have complete all the EICR testing again once the actions have been taken and any issues rectified. The contractor you choose to use for the actions should provide you with either an Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC) or a Minor Works Certificate (MW) as evidence that the faults have been fixed. It’s important you keep these documents and can provide them with the original EICR as evidence that you have fulfilled your legal responsibilities.