German equivalent of Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)

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We are in the process of puchasing a new property, and the first consideration for us is if the property needs to be rewired. If so, we would have this done before moving in because it is messy and invasive.

 

In the UK, it is possible to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) conducted by a registered electriction. The report "assess the safety of the existing electrical installation within a property and is used to describe its condition. Parts of the system that are reported on include consumer units, protective bonding, lighting, switches and sockets etc."

 

Is there an equivilent to this in Germany?

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Not that I know.

You should ask a local electrician to check the installation.

How old is the building?

To my knowledge electrical installations have a life expactancy of 40 years.

That doesn't mean that older installations are dangerous to be used.

However, in the last years some safety requirements changed, e.g. RCD's are now erverywhere.

Possibly you only have to replace the distribution box, if there are already 3 wire cables in the walls you should not need to replace them, even if they are older than 40 years.

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The building is from 1950. I think I'll take your advice and ask a couple of local electricians. I'll also ask the owner for some information if she has any.

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I would throw everything out!

Don't mess around with that old sh..

What about the water pipes? Are they also that old?

I would not risk a breakage. 10cm of water in the living room is no fun.

Better you do it before you move in than opening the walls when furniture and wallpapers are there.

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Yeah the idea is to do what we can before the move in because it's a perfect opportunity. For pipes I assume we should ask a plumber? And does that also include pipes for the heating that supply the radiators.

 

I was hoping to hire a surveyor like in the UK who can provide a report on all this stuff,  but that doesn't seem to be paddock in Germany.  Perhaps this would provide me the necessary information regarding electrics, pipes etc: https://www.dekra.de/de/zustandsbewertung-gebaeude/

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2 hours ago, jamiegw said:

but that doesn't seem to be paddock in Germany.

*possible

 

The property also has separate gas boilers for water and heating.  We could get a combi, or consider a ground source heat pump, but the house probably isn't insuated well enough for that. Something we have to research decide on.

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