The long awaited HIPs (Home Information Packs) are coming this June 1st but surprisingly only 45% of British homeowners actually know what they mean! A fish4homes poll reveals a worrying third (36%) think HIPs is a new strain of hayfever allergy whilst 1 in 10 (9%) believe it relates to an undesirable sexually transmitted disease! The research further reveals the full extent of the HIPs confusion as a bewildered 6% of homeowners believe you are likely to contract osteoporosis in the hipbone with HIPS and a deluded 4% of those questioned opted for modern day hippies. For homeowners already inContinue Reading

During the rumbustious debate today in the House of Commons on the Tory motion to scrap Home Information Packs, the shadow environment spokesman suggested that “the countries largest HiPs provider (Spicer Haart) has confirmed that they only have enough Domestic Energy Assessors to undertake 40% of their work”. It remains to be seen whether this is typical of other HiP providers or just confined to Reading

The watered-down home information packs that will be mandatory from June 1 focus on energy-efficiency ratings.Jon Nealelooks at the implications and puts three British homes to the test On a remote ridge in the Welsh Marches, a surveyor is hard at work, tape measure in hand. But this is no routine survey. He is calculating the energy efficiency of a five-bedroom farmhouse in this isolated valley hidden in the Shropshire Hills. For those expecting space-age equipment and thermal cameras, the process is disappointingly mundane. It involves measuring walls, checking boiler serial numbers and inspecting loft insulation. But it will becomeContinue Reading

The major bodies involved in residential property have reacted with fury after the Government first refused to meet them, then cold-shouldered them, and finally attacked them for their opposition to Home Information Packs on the grounds that they had “vested interests”. Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents, said: “We regret that Communities and Local Government is implying that the NAEA and other sectors  are resistant to change, due to us currently making money out of the home buying and selling process. This is another example of a failure to listen to our previous comments.Continue Reading

Over 80% of home buyers attach little or no importance to the energy efficiency rating of a house being offered for sale, and even the Government’s own “Better Regulation Commission” has described the introduction of energy performance certificates as “ill considered”. With the introduction of the Government’s Home Information Packs firago still apparently due to crash into the housing market on 1 June, it is clear that home buyers can’t see the importance of an Energy Efficiency Certificate which will provide houses with a fridge/freezer style A-G rating when they are offered for sale. Super portal which brings together property forContinue Reading

The idea behind was developed by William Carrington and Anthony Payne. Between them, they have over 40 years of agency and valuation experience in the Central London property market. In this time, many trends came and went, but they recognised the internet as a source of information, which was here to stay. With this in mind, at the end of 1999 they devised a plan to take out and improve the process of all that was both repetitive and time consuming in the estate agency and valuation business. In 2001, the service was launched following many hard months ofContinue Reading