Found 19th Feb 2010
im going to be getting a HIP pack in the next couple of days and i was going to use a company called my hip home who my dad used and it costs just over £200, but ive found another company called fridays property lawyers and they seem to be about £50 cheaper, has anyone used these or can someone tell me if the site is genuine, i will be grateful for any help, thanks

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Tbh HIP's arn't cheap, I can't name or supply you with the company I work for that deals with them as A it's not allowed and B I wouldn't feel right. But I wouldn't use the cheap option as there are different types dependant on the property etc/ Local authority.

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Bridgefords (an estate agent) sent me a letter yesterday saying they could offer them for £99. Im not sure if they cover your area but may be worth a look. :-)

Supermod

Go with whatever is cheaper as long as they list to you what they are going to be putting in to the Home Information Pack.

Telephone your local authority and ask them how much they charge for a Local Authority Search. Then telephone your water company and see how much their "Water and Drainage" search costs. Then all you need is the Office Copies and Title plan for your property (at £8 which you can download online or telephone the Land Registry), the Sale Statement and Index. The final component is the Energy Performance Certificate.

It might work out cheaper if you did it yourself. If you dont know how, just go with the cheapest. I have put together loads of these packs and it is very easy to do.

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its only a legal requirement / stealth tax which most sensible buyers ignore so always go for the cheapest

You could just go to your local authority directly. And then the land registry directly for the other documents.

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magicjay1986;7886872

Go with whatever is cheaper as long as they list to you what they are … Go with whatever is cheaper as long as they list to you what they are going to be putting in to the Home Information Pack.Telephone your local authority and ask them how much they charge for a Local Authority Search. Then telephone your water company and see how much their "Water and Drainage" search costs. Then all you need is the Office Copies and Title plan for your property (at £8 which you can download online or telephone the Land Registry), the Sale Statement and Index. The final component is the Energy Performance Certificate. It might work out cheaper if you did it yourself. If you dont know how, just go with the cheapest. I have put together loads of these packs and it is very easy to do.


I thought you had to be qualified to put together a hip pack? :thinking:

Original Poster

i know the my hips home are genuine as my dad used them and sold his house just before xmas, the estate agents im using to sell the house want around £500 but if i can get one cheaper it would be better.

Supermod

csiman;7886890

I thought you had to be qualified to put together a hip pack? :thinking:



Nope. You have to be a qualified energy performance assessor to do the Energy Performance Certificate but you can do everything else.

Supermod

pink-ka;7886894

i know the my hips home are genuine as my dad used them and sold his … i know the my hips home are genuine as my dad used them and sold his house just before xmas, the estate agents im using to sell the house want around £500 but if i can get one cheaper it would be better.



Do not part with £500 for a HIP.

i foolishly put my house on the market with the Halifax estate agent... i was advised to use their affiliated company for HIP... cost me just over £400 ... which for some reason i took as gospel as the right price ... have since found out you can get your own for about £60 or there abouts... in 12 months i had absolutely no iterest in the house, took it off and didnt have to pay anything else to Halifax... although my HIP pack was out of date by the time i took it off the market anyway ! what a waste of money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pink-ka;7886894

i know the my hips home are genuine as my dad used them and sold his … i know the my hips home are genuine as my dad used them and sold his house just before xmas, the estate agents im using to sell the house want around £500 but if i can get one cheaper it would be better.



Go direct £500 is excesive.

Original Poster

i think the hip packs are just a money making scheme, they should be optional and whoever is buying the house should have to pay lol when my dad sold his house he said the buyer wasnt even interested in the hip pack.

Supermod

arcangel111;7886911

i foolishly put my house on the market with the Halifax estate agent... … i foolishly put my house on the market with the Halifax estate agent... i was advised to use their affiliated company for HIP... cost me just over £400 ... which for some reason i took as gospel as the right price ... have since found out you can get your own for about £60 or there abouts... in 12 months i had absolutely no iterest in the house, took it off and didnt have to pay anything else to Halifax... although my HIP pack was out of date by the time i took it off the market anyway ! what a waste of money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



If you ever find yourself in this situation again just look at the individual documents that need replacing as the Energy Performance Certificate is valid for a year and the searches are 3-6 months. You might not have to replace everything.

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arcangel111;7886911

i foolishly put my house on the market with the Halifax estate agent... … i foolishly put my house on the market with the Halifax estate agent... i was advised to use their affiliated company for HIP... cost me just over £400 ... which for some reason i took as gospel as the right price ... have since found out you can get your own for about £60 or there abouts... in 12 months i had absolutely no iterest in the house, took it off and didnt have to pay anything else to Halifax... although my HIP pack was out of date by the time i took it off the market anyway ! what a waste of money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



ts halifax who i am using to sell my house.

Supermod

pink-ka;7886927

i think the hip packs are just a money making scheme, they should be … i think the hip packs are just a money making scheme, they should be optional and whoever is buying the house should have to pay lol when my dad sold his house he said the buyer wasnt even interested in the hip pack.



It was introduced as a way of (supposedly) making the transaction easier and making people aware of the need to ensure their house was energy efficient.

Before the HIPS, it was the buyers responsibility to ensure that they carried out all their own searches and now this onus falls on the seller. I do not agree with it as you need to have an ERP before your house can be marketed and then when you have forked out for searches they may need renewing if you do not secure a buyer.

Lawyers do not make money from the HIPs as the actual time spent far outweighs any "uplift" that can be reasonably added on.

Adam2050;7886836

Tbh HIP's arn't cheap, I can't name or supply you with the company I work … Tbh HIP's arn't cheap, I can't name or supply you with the company I work for that deals with them as A it's not allowed and B I wouldn't feel right. But I wouldn't use the cheap option as there are different types dependant on the property etc/ Local authority.



Luckily your PM's are switched on. :roll:

magicjay1986;7886928

If you ever find yourself in this situation again just look at the … If you ever find yourself in this situation again just look at the individual documents that need replacing as the Energy Performance Certificate is valid for a year and the searches are 3-6 months. You might not have to replace everything.



EPC's are valid for either 5 or 10 years.
I will double check now...

pink-ka;7886933

ts halifax who i am using to sell my house.



i would get out and go with Manning Stainton.. they ask for an advertising fee upfront but they are worth it and will prob sell your house alot quicker!

I found that with Halifax - there was hardly any feedback from the service team - i had to do all the chasing up - whereas Mannings was totally different.. i was on their mailing list and i had at least one if not more phone calls a week to see how my house sale was going and about 10 emails with possible houses..

Supermod

thesaint;7886974

Luckily your PM's are switched on. :roll:EPC's are valid for either 5 or … Luckily your PM's are switched on. :roll:EPC's are valid for either 5 or 10 years.I will double check now...



An EPC is valid for 10 years but must not be more than 3 years old when you place your home on the market. You can market your home immediately once you have commissioned a Home Information Pack with a valid Energy Performance Certificate. (Google was my friend...)

magicjay1986;7887000

An EPC is valid for 10 years but must not be more than 3 years old when … An EPC is valid for 10 years but must not be more than 3 years old when you place your home on the market. You can market your home immediately once you have commissioned a Home Information Pack with a valid Energy Performance Certificate. (Google was my friend...)



I was looking at an actual EPC to check, but it it doesn't seem to be on there, but may have missed it, as I only skim read it.

Supermod

thesaint;7887041

I was looking at an actual EPC to check, but it it doesn't seem to be on … I was looking at an actual EPC to check, but it it doesn't seem to be on there, but may have missed it, as I only skim read it.



When I did a stint in conveyancing I was ALWAYS told it was only valid for 1 year...things have obviously changed.

Interesting bits of info on here - just started compiling my own
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