Packs aim to make moving house less of a headache
Owners wanting to sell their homes must provide a Home Information Pack
A SCHEME designed to take away the stress from buying and selling houses is being piloted in Kent.
Home Information Packs (HIPs) become mandatory nationwide on June 1, but are already on trial in the county.
The packs contain information about the house sale, including a statement of the terms of the sale and leasehold documentation.
Kent is one of 18 areas nationwide where the packs are being launched early.
Mike Ockenden, director general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP), said: “HIPs are being introduced to improve the buying and selling process for all involved.
“They allow buyers to make more informed decisions and reduce the number of sales that fall through.
“This should greatly reduce the needless stress associated with buying and selling homes.”
The seller pays for the pack, which costs between £400 and £600, and is completed by a solicitor, estate agent or specialist independent company.
HIPs were launched in six areas last November and 12 more last month.
Buyers will also have the opportunity to request a Home Condition Report (HCR), which is compiled by a qualified inspector, to see if there are problems such as damp.
AHIPP says sales often fall through when a survey uncovers problems with the house’s condition.
Deputy director general Paul Broadhead said: “The buying and selling process is highly inefficient and packs are being introduced to address this.
“It is important that we gauge people’s responses and ensure the packs work.”
Simon Putts, from solicitors and estate agents TG Baynes, and Paul Broadmead, deputy director general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers, show off the new packs