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Home Information Packs

Since 14 December 2007, anyone selling a home has to provide a Home Information Pack, which is usually referred to as a HIP. The purpose of this is to provide important information to would-be purchasers about the home and the idea is that this information makes it easier for the purchaser to find out what exactly they’re buying.

What you’ll find in a HIP

Compulsory information

HIPs must include the following:

  • A HIP index listing the documents in the pack.
  • An Energy Performance Certificate telling you how energy efficient the home is. The most efficient homes are in band A.
  • A Sale Statement providing basic information such as the address of the home being sold and whether it is freehold or leasehold.
  • Standard searches containing information about the home and local area.
  • Evidence of Title, which are documents proving that the seller is the legal owner of the property and has the right to sell it.

Optional items

Sellers can also choose to include other information such as a Home Condition Report and details of things like property boundaries and planning permission.

Click here for more information on HIPS

 

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