Home Information Packs

#1
Having recently shelled out three hundred pounds, I finally received my wonderful new Home Information Pack yesterday. Without a trace of irony, it tells me that my house is quite energy efficient, but if I were to upgrade the cavity wall insulation, install three solar panels on the roof (which, funnily enough, they could supply), and replace all light bulbs with energy efficient ones, I could possibly save the princely sum of just under £150 per year. Oh, I almost forgot, they also threw in a couple of photocopied diagrams of local drains.

Cost of advice: £300
Cavity wall insulation: guessing at round about £1000
Solar panels: £1500 each plus planning permission = £4500
New light bulbs: Say, £100 - £150

Total: Roughly £6000
Time required to recoup outlay @ £150 per year: 40 years

Brilliant, thanks for that, guys.

Discuss.....
 
#2
Shite idea from a shite gobmint that helps no fecker and makes selling yer gaf more expensive, just at a time when house market is slowing down.

You couldnt make up the carp this bunch of clowns have inflicted on the people of this once great nation.
 
#3
its so that in the future you can be taxed on how energy efficient your house is. Newlabour newtaxes .
 

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#4
No direct experience since they're only required in England and Wales.

Looking in from the enlightened north, I really can't see the point of them: Any defects that would likely put you off would be identified in the survey and I know precisely zero people who have pulled out of buying a house because it wasn't 'energy efficient'
 
#6
Dog-faced-soldier said:
Shite idea from a shite gobmint that helps no fecker and makes selling yer gaf more expensive, just at a time when house market is slowing down.
The HIP as it is now is driven by a EU requirement to assess the energy efficiency of the entire housing stock. It wasn't the shite idea of this government but I'll certainly agree it is a shite idea.

The original idea with a full survey, all the searches, the energy report and the disclosure document might have been useful but the current abortion is just pants.

Never, never ask a politician to make anything quicker or simpler!
 
#7
Has anyone heard of any plans from the new mob in No. 10 about cancelling HIP's? Serious question as I'm about to put mine on the market due to posting. I know I can claim it back as part of the RLE via JPA, but this would let me spend £250 on something else that can be claimed!
 

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