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We got our hip done and when we had viewings we showed it to them , and back came a look of "what's a hip" . Agree with everyone total waist of time and just another TAX from this government . Cheers Graham
They haven't brought it in to Norther Ireland yet so hopefully my house will be up for sale before they do.
In theory the seller having the survey done would really make selling a lot easier if it was accepted by all lenders!!!
Hi, have to agree with all the comments above the HIP is a complete and utter waste of time and money, asked our agent if any one had asked to see it, Answer, NO. Whats the point.
Our house and a good energy rating B or C. So what!!! If you like the house you'll buy it.
The australians have it sussed with the open inspections, No small talk with the people looking round, Just had someone nose round our house just, turned out there house is not even on the market.
So gonna have words with my agent, my teenage daughter not amused been turfed out of bed to tidy her room
Anyway im hoping well have a decent offer soon.
Our house is also on the market. No one has asked to see it. The HIPS man panicked when he came out as we have an annex in our garden. He gets the same fee for all houses regardless of size. So he ignored the extra dwelling. He also arrived in a fancy suit and was not dressed to climb around looking in lofts. He also had no ladder with him. As he was leaving he told us that he would be unable to make most of our house 'fit' the software he has to use for his report so lots of info would be left out. It would make you laugh if we weren't the people having to pay for it.
hi all, I'm hoping I can shed some light on HIPS (home information packs) for you from an estate agents view (I know your prob not interested now Ive admitted what I do for a living!). I fully agree no buyers so far have requested to see a hip from us but ours are linked on our website so we dont have to print them off (they are about 50 pages long!!! not very environmentally friendly!!) there are occasions once you've actually sold that they are useful, one of the first houses we sold with one is about to complete and it has speeded the process up because all the searches are done. Also if your selling a flat they are good because they have all the leasehold info in them which can take solicitors ages to get once sold so again quicker.
Something the government didnt think about however is that they only really save the buyer money where the house has sold fairly straight away as after 3 months the searches can become invalid and a lot of mortgage lenders will want them re-doing (the buyer would pay for this like before), realistically in todays market only the very lucky are selling fast.
I've got my house on and we've only just started the process literally but I know how long houses are taking to sell. I dont sell where I live and it is slower where I live, but where I sell is one of the most popular areas and even thats slowed loads (not great when your trying to save money to emigrate!).
And now were finding that even when a HIP speeds it up the mortgage companies are slowing it down because of a lot of redundancies and them pulling lots of products, its putting pressure on what is available and it seems to take forever for buyers to go through the process- such a catch 22, and a bloody nightmare at the moment.
If we werent going on my profession I'd be having a serious re-think although as hard as it is I love my job still and am living in hope of selling houses in the sunshine!!
Sorry if thats really negative I'd just urge anyone thinking of selling to do it sooner than later, move in with relatives if you have to! bear in mind it takes on average 12 weeks from offer to completion as well so that will buy you extra time.
Oh and as far as I'maware the only way out of hips are if you sell the house with a sitting tenant that will stay after you go (that doesnt include the bugs and mice!), you can defer payment for about 10 months but you still have to pay it eventually.