3 Dec

Hips 'offer a lot of benefits'

Hips 'offer a lot of benefits'

Home information packs (Hips) can offer numerous benefits to consumers, an industry expert has claimed.

Mike Ockenden, director general of the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP), has spoken out against the criticism from opposition parties and commented that consumers like the packs, describing them as "useful".

He said: "65 per cent of consumers said they found the information in the home information packs useful."

According to a survey carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the AHIPP, 60 per cent of respondents stated that the information provided in the property information questionnaire - which is part of a Hip - is helpful for buyers.

More than half (57 per cent) of those questioned agreed that more upfront information should be made available to home buyers about the state of the property before a purchase is completed.

The government launched Hips, which include documents such as searches and surveys on the property being sold, in August 2007.

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