Local firm Empire Plumbing & Heating take the pain out of HIPS.
28 April 2008
With the arrival of spring homeowners thoughts turn to moving house. Since 14th December 2007 all houses marketed for sale within England and Wales are required to have a Home Information Pack completed. Temporary restrictions which currently allow houses to be marketed without certain aspects of the HIP in place until the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is available will end on 31st May 2008. This means potential vendors must ensure the HIP is completed before marketing commences.
A crucial part of the HIP is the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and this should be carried out by a competently trained and legally qualified engineer, preferably CORGI registered. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of the home on a scale of A-G and also offers advice on how to make the home more energy efficient and save money.
Joseph Finn from Salford based Empire Plumbing & Heating adds, ‘to determine the true efficiency of a gas appliance you have to have it serviced and carry out a gas rating, only CORGI registered engineers are allowed to complete this task.’ When starting out on producing a HIP for the sale of your home, advice from a qualified tradesman is a must. Savings can be made if the heating and appliances in your home are inspected, tested and serviced all in the same visit, and the EPC then produced.
Once the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is completed the remaining requirements can be added in and your property is ready to market. As Mr Finn point out, ‘cutting corners by employing unqualified tradesmen could result in an incorrectly completed Energy Efficiency Checklist which will ultimately hold up the production of the Energy Performance Certificate.’ All Empire Plumbing & Heating technicians are qualified to complete this crucial check list.
Empire Plumbing and Heating was founded in 1956 by Brian Finn and is now in its 4th generation under owner/manager Joseph Finn. Covering the whole of the North West they offer a comprehensive range of services from installation of heating systems to fixing a leaking tap. In addition they initiated a scheme to create opportunities for local young people, by training and education to supply them with skills for a career in a professional business.