Home Information Packs (HIPs) became compulsory on August 1st 2007 for all
properties with four or more bedrooms and for 3 bedrooms since 10th September. It is the responsibility of the seller to provide the HIP and you will be breaking the law if you fail to do so. You don't need to have received your HIP before you put your property on the market, as long as it has been ordered, you can go ahead and advertise your home.
You can order your HIP through HouseWeb, as we have teamed up with one of the country's leading HIP providers.
The cost is just £299 +VAT or if you prefer there is a "payment on completion" option for a small extra charge. If you advertise your property with us, as a HouseWeb customer you will receive a HIPs discount of £20 +VAT (£23.50). To order a HIPs at just £279 +VAT, click the "Submit Your Property" button below:
or [Order HIPs Seperately] - £299+VAT
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What is a HIP?
government have introduced HIPs in an attempt to improve the process of buying
and selling property in England and Wales and to improve the environment through
energy awareness. A Home Information Pack includes essential information
about a property which was previously not made available to the buyer until
later in the process. It also includes an Energy Performance Certificate,
rating each property, and highlighting ways to save energy. By making this
information available upfront, the intention is to speed up the process of
buying and selling property. A Home Condition Report (similar to a survey) can
be included as an optional extra, as can guarantees and warranties.
What does a HIP include?
The Pack must contain at least the following:
Information Pack Index
Energy Performance Certificate, rating the property on a scale of A to G and
suggesting ways to improve its energy consumption. This must be produced by
a member of the Government approved certification scheme and includes an
Energy graph which must be available with the property’s details.
information for Leasehold and Commonhold sales where appropriate.
which can be included are:
- Home Condition Report, similar to a survey.
Are there any properties that don't need a HIP?
August 1st all properties in England & Wales with four or more
bedrooms will need a HIP. Packs for smaller properties will be
phased in over time, so eventually HIPs will be compulsory for all
There are also a number of cases where a HIP is not required at all.
- Properties where there is no marketing (e.g. sale to member of the family)
- Non-residential properties
- Seasonal and holiday accommodation
- Mixed sales (e.g. shop with flat)
- Right to buy sales
- Sales of portfolios of properties
- Properties not being sold with completely vacant possession
- Unsafe properties and properties to be demolished.
How can HouseWeb help me with HIPs?
is working closely with one of the country's leading HIP providers to offer
various options at competitive prices. There is the option to defer
payment for nine months or pay on completion, whichever is sooner. Once your HIP
is ordered your property can go live on the market (i.e. you will not have to
wait for the HIP to be complete). It will typically take 7 working days to
prepare, dependent on how quickly the Energy Assessor can gain access to your
property. The HIP will be made available to you as a PDF file once it is complete so
you can then send it to
serious prospective buyers, or print off a hard copy.
You will find more information on the Government website: