Be aware of cheap, budget HIP & EPC providers

August 13th, 2009 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Assessors, EPC, Home Information Packs 6 Comments »

Cheap Home Information Pack (HIP) and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) providers in the market place, are unfortunately not delivering the promised service or product at times, within the timescales agreed. It has been brought to our attention that a number of companies are taking excessive time to deliver or arrange EPCs, some have not received their HIP or EPC at all as the company has gone into liquidation and ceased trading.

Recently, we have received numerous calls from anxious concerned people who were looking for advice on what they could do in their specific problematic scenarios plus people who thought they had instructed us to carry out their HIP and/or EPC, when infact they had opted for a ‘cheap HIP provider‘.

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Benefits of Home Information Packs (HIP)

June 8th, 2009 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Financial Products, Home Information Packs, Property Conveyancing, Property Market 13 Comments »

Recently it was reported that industry professionals are recognising the benefits of Home Information Packs (HIP). This is against the general negative slant the main stream media seem to want to promote.

HIP-Consultant.co.uk have been providing Home Information Packs for over 18 months and have witnessed numerous situations where Home Information Packs have benefitted the home buyer, home seller and the process itself. Without Home Information Packs; sales would have quite likely fallen through and at best would have held up proceedings to an extent the majority of people would be very unhappy with.

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Home Information Packs receive approval from industry professionals

April 27th, 2009 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Information Packs, News, Property Market 1 Comment »

Home information Packs have received a positive response from associated industry professionals who are utilising and seeing the benefits of the legislation.

Home Information PackA recent poll which comprised of over 150 housing industry professionals, ranging from estate agents to mortgage lenders and property investors voted in favour of the Home Information Pack legislation and continued development at the Land Data Great Housing Market Debate.

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Home Information Pack (HIP) changes

April 6th, 2009 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Information Packs, News 15 Comments »

As of today we now have some subtle changes to the Home Information Pack legislation that could bring added benefit to the exisiting HIP via some modifications including the Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) which is now a required document.

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Are you ready for the Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ)

February 17th, 2009 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Information Packs, News 19 Comments »

The Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) will be shortly rolled out after the draft version was produced and the related consultation was completed and added to the legislation.

There does not seem to have been vast modification to the document and legislation since we published the last article regarding the Property Information Questionnaire in August. However, the planned implementation of the PIQ was intended for the the 1st January 2009 however this has been delayed to 6th April 2009 to allow the industry to prepare for the addition to the Home Information Pack Legislation.

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Return of the Home Condition report (HCR)?

December 16th, 2008 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Assessors, Home Information Packs, News 4 Comments »

This week has seen news released about developments of Home Information Packs and has given rise to speculation about Home Condition Reports (HCR) making a suprise return. The main topics and news within Magaret Beckett’s statement; industry professionals and associated organisation had some expectation of though we were all unsure of the exact timing until recently.

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10 Myths of Home Information Packs (HIP)

November 24th, 2008 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Information Packs, Property Conveyancing 15 Comments »

Home Information Packs (HIP) are becoming more widely accepted since the first date of implementation. However, with the Home Information Pack’s existence also comes some fallacies and myths which have been attached to them. Due to this we have decided to look at a selection of some commonly held misconceptions and some of the more unusual ones we have come across.

1. HIP stands for and is an abbreviation for Home Improvement Pack.

This a common mistake many make and one can certainly be forgiven for holding this belief. This error was recently made by the Communities and Local Government (CLG) when publishing a guidance document on Home Information Packs within their website. It has since been rectified.

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Pre HIP properties and your requirements

September 29th, 2008 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in EPC, Home Information Packs No Comments »

The Home Information Pack legislation is generally understood; that ‘all’ domestic properties being placed on the market require a HIP, except in a few exceptions. The important date of the 1st October 2008 looms in regard to the Energy Performance Cerification of properties; did you realise that if your house was on the market before the relevant Home Information Pack legislation was enacted that you will require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

house for saleYou may have had you home on the market by now a ‘considerable’ length of time and whilst these properties continue to be exempt from the HIP legislation are not exempt from Energy Performance Building Directive (E.P.B.D.)

So what does this mean for pre-HIPs home sellers from the 1st October 2008?

One must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) commisioned and it must be made available to prospective buyers in its full form at the earliest opportunity when:

  • when the building is viewed
  • If any written information about the building is provided as a result of a request by a prospective buyer – this includes email and electronic communication
  • When contracts are exchanged

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Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) and Home Inspectors numbers updated

August 27th, 2008 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Assessors, EPC, Home Information Packs 23 Comments »

After our recent article,  should i train as a domestic energy assessor? which has received a massive number of comments and strength of feeling within the responses; we have decided to follow this up with the latest announcement by the Government.

The Government periodically announces combined numbers of Domestic Energy Assessors and Home Inspectors and breaks the figures down into the stage they have achieved at the time of reporting. The numbers continue to rise from the last published figures on the 6th March 2008. As of 23rd May 2008 the official numbers are:

Accredited (DEA & HI) – 7,930 (increase of 829 from 6/3/08)
Qualified (DEA & HI) – 1,464 (passed exams and qualified, but not yet become accredited)
Passed exams (DEA & HI) – 4,816
Total (DEA & HI) in system who have passed exams or progressed further – 14,210 (increase of 2,784 from 6/3/08)

It is worth remembering that these figures do not show those that are currently practicing. It is anticipated that both Domestic Energy Assessors and Home Inspectors (whom many have never carried out enough Home Condition Reports even to regain a fraction of the training costs) have left the industry. It is sad that these people have been unable to survive within the industry; often citing a lack of instructions and income as the main defining reason for leaving to find alternative employment.

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NAEA and RICS ask for review of HIPs

August 26th, 2008 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Information Packs, News 6 Comments »

HIPSIt is fair to say that the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) have never been the greatest admirers of Home Information Pack legislation. It is envisaged that this week they will combine efforts when putting their views forward to the Government to attack HIPS once again.

The latest stance is one of focussed criticism towards the searches within the Home Information Pack whilst seemingly and suprisingly asking for some aspects to remain and apparently agreeing that the planned Property Information Questionnaire (P.I.Q.) would be useful.

RICS’ director of external affairs, Gillian Charlesworth, said: “These legal documents (searches) must be taken out of the packs and left to buyers and their advisers to obtain at the appropriate time during the transaction.” RICS wants HIPs to be replaced with a voluntary report as per the Carsberg report.
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Property Information Questionnaire (P.I.Q.)

August 8th, 2008 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Home Information Packs, News 11 Comments »

The Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) has been announced as one of the next steps in progressing the Home Information Pack which will add further information and benefits to the existing HIP.

The Communities and Local Government has issued a consultation document as part of the new planned ‘mandatory’ documents. The consultation contains the following parts:

  • the leasehold requirements in the Home Information Pack (HIP) (Part 1) – we will discuss in a later post which will follow
  • the inclusion of the Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) in the HIP (Part 2).

We will be considering and formulating our views on the questions within the paper over the coming weeks. HIP-Consultant.co.uk are interested in your views and welcome comments based on this consultation.

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