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Advice on getting a HIP (Home Information Pack)!

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Hi - we are thinking of selling our house and I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience in shopping around to get a good price on a HIP. Just started looking in to it as the local estate agents … Read More
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
Hi - we are thinking of selling our house and I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience in shopping around to get a good price on a HIP. Just started looking in to it as the local estate agents all quote well over £300 but online I see people offering this nationwide from only £160 which is quite a difference!!

Can anyone recommend any one in particular that they may have used and got for a good price? Any help or advice would be much appreciated please!!
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7y, 8m agoPosted 7 years, 8 months ago
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1 Like #1
we paid £400 last year, and thought that was cheap..
1 Like #2
I used to work as a conveyancing secretary and we charged £200. Estate agents tend to charge a lot more so check with your solicitor to see how much they can do them for. Estate agents may try and fool you into thinking if you sell with them you have to get your HIP with them, you don't, you can bring a HIP with you to any estate agents.
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I read an article recently - here: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Business/HIPs-Cost-A-Lot-More-From-Estate-Agents-Than-Specialists-According-To-Which-Money/Article/200908315364115?videoSourceID=d4f09d6183813210VgnVCM1000005d04170aRCRD&lpos=Business_Article_Inline_Player_List_0&lid=ARTICLE_15364115_HIPs_Cost_A_Lot_More_From_Estate_Agents_Than_Specialists%2C_According_To_Which_Money

It basically says Estate Agents can charge over the odds as it's convenient, but if you shop around you can save a few hundred pounds for the same information.

Edit: And the Sky News page say that there people: http://www.fridaysmove.com/ offered the cheapest HIP from one of their investigations. If they are reccommending it then it'll be ok.
1 Like #4
hips are a waste of time - so just get cheapest you can find online (around £150)
banned 1 Like #5
hughwp;6158143
hips are a waste of time - so just get cheapest you can find online (around £150)

+1

just another stealth tax
#6
Thanks everyone for all the advice - I will try some solicicitors and look into using an online HIP provider - I'm just worried it will take longer and will be harder to chase them!
#7
csiman
+1

just another stealth tax


It's not a tax, the government don't make money out of it.
#8
lovesbargains
Thanks everyone for all the advice - I will try some solicicitors and look into using an online HIP provider - I'm just worried it will take longer and will be harder to chase them!


Well you'll need a solicitor for the conveyancing so whoever you plan and using, ask them their prices. If you don't know what solicitor to use, ring a few and get quotes and ask them if they do HIPS. Bargain with them because their quotes for their fees (not HIPS) are negotiable, they will more than likely reduce them if you say so and so has quoted you less.

Good luck!
banned#9
xxnic0laxx;6159353
It's not a tax, the government don't make money out of it.

obviously never heard of VAT then? :whistling:
#10
csiman
obviously never heard of VAT then? :whistling:


well yeah, VAT.
banned#11
xxnic0laxx;6159610
well yeah, VAT.

so the government do make money from it then

not to mention the income tax / ni paid by the inspectors :-D

keeps unemployment lower I suppose
#12
csiman
so the government do make money from it then

not to mention the income tax / ni paid by the inspectors :-D

keeps unemployment lower I suppose


I know but I think it's very cynical to assume that it was only introduced to generate taxes.

The things included in the HIP used to be bought by the buyers, ie local searches, water searches etc, so all it has done is transferred the fees over to the seller which is fairer imo as the buyer has a lot to pay out already!

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