Should you remove an EV charger when moving home?

Currently, more than half-a-million people own an electric vehicle in the UK, and the number continues to trend upwards. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why EV chargers are quickly becoming essential household appliances. While it’s all well and good having an EV charger installed at your home, what happens when you move? How easy is it to take it with you, or are you better off buying a new one when you move? Here, we look at how to remove an EV charger, including the installation (and uninstallation) options available.

What is an EV charger?

EV chargers power your car. Think of a phone charger for your iPhone or Android, only instead of giving a smartphone juice; it powers electric vehicles. Of course, electric cars need a powerful solution to get the battery powered up, and so they  require a hardwired charging socket designed specifically for vehicles. Electric cars come with charging cables, but you often need to buy the unit the cable connects to so it can charge the car from home.

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Where can I install an EV charger? 

EV chargers tend to be installed in a garage or on a driveway. Most EV chargers, however, are placed in garages, and they can add as much as 10% to the value of your home if selling to the owner of an EV car – something to think about before deciding to remove it when you move. 

Where you install your EV charger may play a role when you move house. The electrics and wiring are different across homes, meaning some installations are more complex and costly than others. If your EV charger installation was tricky, you might decide to leave it behind and buy a new one instead. 

Does the buyer expect the EV charger to be included in the house sale?

The inventory is another factor to consider when moving houses. The legal conveyancing process of selling and moving home means creating an inventory of fixtures and fittings. This includes everything you plan on leaving behind when you move. 

The seller has no legal obligation to leave any fixtures and fitting behind. If, however, The EV charge was listed on the inventory, you’ll be legally required to leave your charging unit when you move. 

Who should install an EV charger?

Unless you’re a qualified electrician, you should hire a professional to install and remove your EV charger. Whether moving the current one or buying a brand-new charger, a professional electrician is the best option for charger installation at your new house. Trying to do it yourself is dangerous and could cause significant damage, both to yourself and your home.

What happens to my EV charger when I move home?

If you’re moving home, then you’ve got two choices: remove your current EV charger and take it with you, or leave it behind and buy a new one. For most people, the best option is to take the charger with them. 

Of course, it depends on how complicated it is to uninstall the charger and whether the cheaper option is to buy a new one and have it installed,  rather than spend money on uninstalling your current charger and having it reinstalled. That’s not to say that all EV chargers are difficult to uninstall – it depends on your home's setup and the current installed charger's status. 

It could cost less than £100 to have an EV charger uninstalled. But you can get an exact price for your specific case, by posting the job details on Rezigo. You’ll get a selection of quotes from qualified tradespeople. This will give you the exact price of uninstalling your EV charger. Then, all you need to do is weigh this cost up against the cost of buying a new EV charge for your car.

How can I remove an EV charger?

Removing your EV charger is rarely as  difficult as installing it, but it still requires a professional to carry out the work. Again, unless you’re a qualified electrician, you should hire someone to remove it for you and avoid causing any electrical problems that could hinder the sale of your house. 

All the wiring stays in the home when you remove an EV charger, so it shouldn't be an overly complex job. The electrician will safely remove the charging unit and cable – those are the only two things that go with you to the next property – and the wiring remains. 

Summary: Handle with care

Taking your EV charger with you from one address to another should be fine as long as you don't try to do it yourself. Whether installing or uninstalling an EV charger, a qualified electrician should perform the work and ensure there's no damage in the process. That way, you can sell your home without any issues and look forward to the next chapter in your new property with your EV charger.  If you do decide to take the charger with you when you sell, make sure it wasn’t included in your property inventory as something you were going to leave.

Find a qualified professional to remove your current EV charger and install it in your new home with Rezigo. Tradespeople are fully vetted to install your charger safely, and you can get up to give quotes before making a decision. 

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