Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What is a Home Inspection and Why Do You Need It?

Well, the inspector is subject to laws regarding home inspection and should have the proper certifications and/or licenses through the state. But what purpose does a home inspection serve?

The home inspection is a visual assessment of the condition of a house. Inspections are frequently performed when an individual is going to buy a home, but can be done at any time to see what is wrong with a home in order to ensure it stays in satisfactory condition. However, this is a service that is utilized mostly when an individual is buying a home.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What is an EPC and How Do You Get One?

The UK government has recently suspended the requirement for home sellers to purchase a HIP or Home Information Pack. These packs were intended to speed up the process of buying a new home by including a lot of the information that is normally organised by your conveyance once an offer has been accepted. However since the economic slump has slowed the housing market down to a crawl, suspending the need for sellers to pay for a HIP in order to move house, will encourage the housing market to pick up again. Now home sellers can once again put their houses on the market with less hassle and at a lower cost.

An EPC or Energy Performance Certificate is one of the items that is recommended to be included within a HIP and these are still a compulsory requirement. A European Directive made it compulsory for all properties selling in the UK to hold an EPC and the government says that this will encourage people to properly insulate their homes and cut carbon emissions.