When you sold your house...

(17 Posts)
MadBusLady Wed 20-Feb-13 16:36:27

...did you get gas and electrical safety checks done? I've got an idea this was compulsory under the old HIP packs? Certainly we did it when we sold last in December 2011. It cost I think about sixty quid and took the inspection bloke an hour or so. Most surveys will recommend you get it done before completion, I gather.

Just asking because vendors on place we're buying now are refusing point blank to do it, which seems a bit random. They're not in residence at the property, but they've got local estate agents with keys working for them, and we haven't so it's a right PITA for us to organise it.

Maybe we're just mugs for doing this sort of thing as vendors ourselves. We've always had rented flats professionally cleaned before we've left them as well.

Buying is horrible, isn't it. sad

LIZS Wed 20-Feb-13 16:37:49

No , just had to say if/when they had been. Sold in 2007

ILikeBirds Wed 20-Feb-13 16:39:16

When we bought a house the onus was on us to have the gas and electric safety checks done if we wanted to.

Wouldn't expect the vendor to do it.

wonkylegs Wed 20-Feb-13 16:42:44

Nope never done this or had this done for us.

sparkle9 Wed 20-Feb-13 16:44:53

My buyer organised his own gas check.

BackforGood Wed 20-Feb-13 16:44:56

No, I wouldn't expect the vendor to do it - I mean, they can , if they think it will make a bit of a selling point, you know, make your house just that bit more appealling than the similar one for sale down the road, but ultimately, it's up to the buyer to make choices on how much they get checked out and how much they take a chance on.
That said, I haven't sold a house since the HIP packs were even invented, let alone disregarded, so what do I know? grin

MadBusLady Wed 20-Feb-13 16:46:44

Oh dear, looks like we are mugs then!

tallulah Wed 20-Feb-13 17:13:26

We sold in 2010, just after the packs had come in, and didn't have to have any safety checks.

We had someone in to check the place we were buying though.

beingginger Wed 20-Feb-13 17:41:03

We sold last year and didn't but said that the buyers could if they wanted

PastaB Wed 20-Feb-13 17:42:47

Nope. Sorry. I didn't do this either. I did leave the boiler servicing certificate so they knew it had been done.

redwellybluewelly Wed 20-Feb-13 17:53:02

We did get certificates when selling a house we wanted to sell quickly, and the buyers solicitor was demanding it be redone just for them (previous sale had fallen through).

We asked the vendors to do it when buying this house and they offered acess but we had to arrange it.

KindleMum Wed 20-Feb-13 17:57:18

The EPC is compulsory for the vendor (AFAIK), could it be that's what you had done when you last sold? That would have looked at your gas and electric but in the context of its efficiency, not its safety.

specialsubject Wed 20-Feb-13 19:16:06

no, safety checks are not compulsory, just the (fairly useless) EPC. If the property has been rented then it should have a gas safety certificate but not otherwise.

if you want to pay to have it done, that's fine. You can also ask for any boiler service records.

mamapants Wed 20-Feb-13 20:50:52

I told the buyers they could get one done if they wanted they didn't though. Got absolutely nothing on the house we're buying just a letter to say it was fu***d but then had to get a load of reports for the bank confirming that it was in fact f***ed.

Springforward Wed 20-Feb-13 20:58:23

No, but we had them done before we moved into the new one.

If we can ever bring ourselves to move again, I would have them done at the same time as the survey, as ours revealed that the gas fire was dangerous and the gasman condemned and disconnected it before he left the house!

FlatCapAndAWhippet Thu 21-Feb-13 02:24:33

no, never done this.

fussychica Thu 21-Feb-13 13:44:06

No never done this. Always leave all the boiler service documents /appliance instructions but nothing else. That's all we got too when we bought this place a year ago. Am pretty sure we didn't get any EPC from the vendor either.

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