Packs aim to make mov­ing house less of a headache

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ROUNDABOUT - by Sam Len­non

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.

Stress

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.”

Pic­ture: Nick John­son pd1166204

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

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