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Gas/Electrical safety certificate buying/selling home buyer report

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
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  • eddddyeddddy Forumite
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    TallGirl wrote: »
    This is a great discussion I'm in the same boat I've got a seller who claims to have had the boiler serviced in Feb 19 by British Gas but they cannot get me the certificates. Sure BG can just send them a copy or isn't that possible?

    You don't get a certificate as such with a boiler service.

    I believe that BG engineers have a 'checklist' which they tick-off and leave with the customer.

    Other gas engineers might not leave any kind of paperwork - except perhaps an invoice.

    If the service was booked online, the seller might have emails confirming their order and the appointment date etc.
  • martinbloomer6martinbloomer6 Forumite
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    Susieee said:
    From another very useful post, is this the company you are talking about?

    Personally, I have bought and sold a property on more than 20 occasions now and I would always get a gas and electrical check done.

    There's a company I use. They do both checks in one go for buyers and sellers. They work for estate agents as well.

    Here's what's covered:
    full boiler safety check including the inside of the boiler
    full flue gas analysis and readings
    a check of heating controls for function and reliability
    a check of the hot water cylinder for function and reliability
    a full electrical installation condition report
    a check for any broken sockets
    a full check of the wiring
    a full check of the fuse board
    advice on all the above in regards to safety, condition and future reliability

    Also if you click the link below it is £175 for both checks, not £200 -


    They are recommended a lot on this forum and I think the owner actually posts on here too. Very helpful website too.

    Yes that is the company I used. I got my gas and electrical certificates done last week from them. You can book online but have to wait a day for the paperwork to come through, you don't get it the same day which was a slight problem for me as I needed it urgently. Can't complain about the price and the service though. (£!75 for both and I also got my EPC renewed at a discount price because it only had a year left and I am letting the property once the purchase goes through)

    Hello does any1 know of a reputable company is Norwich this company does not cover my area.

    Thankyou
  • martinbloomer6martinbloomer6 Forumite
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    Does anyone know how long these checks will take on average? I have booked two different companies in at the same time but they are not sure how long the services will take!
  • jonpurshousejonpurshouse Forumite
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    Does anyone know how long these checks will take on average? I have booked two different companies in at the same time but they are not sure how long the services will take!
    Probably too late for you now but I have have used the above company because I was worried about any safety issues and I can tell you the checks take around 3-4 hours in total depending on the survey you are looking for. The turn around time for my report was 2 days and the report was sent the next day. They are much more indepth than what the normal building survey you have as that looks at the building structure only, like damp, etc etc. I ordered the most comprehensive report which was the gold as decided the platinum wasnt required as the sellers were taking all electrical items with them. They have estimated a number of works that need doing and also explained a lot of things that would need to be rectified in the near future. Of note, the central heating system was very dirty and most of the radiators had cold spots ad didnt heat up well at all. The water pressure was very very poor and this wouldnt have been picked up by me beforehand. Other more dangerous issues were the lack of RCD sockets in certain places where there are a requirement and no earth bonding to gas and water pipes which is classes as a serious fault. The estimate for remedial works isn't amazingly high (less than £1,000) but if I am spending £297,000 on a house then I would like to spend another £1K making it safe to live in. I would even spend £5-10k making it safe and would reflect that in my offer price to the seller.
  • plumberpaigplumberpaig Forumite
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    One company stands out though as they do this kind of work on a daily basis, ie checking gas and electrics for home buyers and seller. They also send one engineer out and so it's one appointment for me and they also have a no pass policy, ie the refund my money if things fail.

    From another very useful post, is this the company you are talking about?

    Personally, I have bought and sold a property on more than 20 occasions now and I would always get a gas and electrical check done.

    There's a company I use. They do both checks in one go for buyers and sellers. They work for estate agents as well.

    Here's what's covered:
    • full boiler safety check including the inside of the boiler
    • full flue gas analysis and readings
    • a check of heating controls for function and reliability
    • a check of the hot water cylinder for function and reliability
    • a full electrical installation condition report
    • a check for any broken sockets
    • a full check of the wiring
    • a full check of the fuse board
    • advice on all the above in regards to safety, condition and future reliability

    Also if you click the link below it is £175 for both checks, not £200 -

    https://www.gassafetycertificate.info/home-buyers-survey-house-survey-buying-house-gas-boiler-electrical-safety-checking-certificates/


    They are recommended a lot on this forum and I think the owner actually posts on here too. Very helpful website too.
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    .
    .
    Gas and electrical checks can take around 2-4 hours to complete depending on the property size and if the paperwork is being done at the property or not. The prices quoted here are pretty standard.
    This company doesn't do repairs so is independent and this is particularly a good idea if you're worried about some rip off tradepeople who 'make up' repair work just so they can quote for a new boiler or a new fuse board or whatever doesn't need fixing. By the way, an electrical safety certificate is now a legal requirement when renting a property out and so is a gas safety certificate and an energy performance certificate.
  • EYEONME2534EYEONME2534 Forumite
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    Does anyone know how long these checks will take on average? I have booked two different companies in at the same time but they are not sure how long the services will take!
    Probably too late for you now but I have have used the above company because I was worried about any safety issues and I can tell you the checks take around 3-4 hours in total depending on the survey you are looking for. The turn around time for my report was 2 days and the report was sent the next day. They are much more indepth than what the normal building survey you have as that looks at the building structure only, like damp, etc etc. I ordered the most comprehensive report which was the gold as decided the platinum wasnt required as the sellers were taking all electrical items with them. They have estimated a number of works that need doing and also explained a lot of things that would need to be rectified in the near future. Of note, the central heating system was very dirty and most of the radiators had cold spots ad didnt heat up well at all. The water pressure was very very poor and this wouldnt have been picked up by me beforehand. Other more dangerous issues were the lack of RCD sockets in certain places where there are a requirement and no earth bonding to gas and water pipes which is classes as a serious fault. The estimate for remedial works isn't amazingly high (less than £1,000) but if I am spending £297,000 on a house then I would like to spend another £1K making it safe to live in. I would even spend £5-10k making it safe and would reflect that in my offer price to the seller.
    I have tried to contact the company and I have not got a reply, I have filled out 2 forms and called the number on the website. Also tried the live chat and never get a response. Do you have any contact details for them please.
    Thanks.
  • EYEONME2534EYEONME2534 Forumite
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    One company stands out though as they do this kind of work on a daily basis, ie checking gas and electrics for home buyers and seller. They also send one engineer out and so it's one appointment for me and they also have a no pass policy, ie the refund my money if things fail.

    From another very useful post, is this the company you are talking about?

    Personally, I have bought and sold a property on more than 20 occasions now and I would always get a gas and electrical check done.

    There's a company I use. They do both checks in one go for buyers and sellers. They work for estate agents as well.

    Here's what's covered:
    • full boiler safety check including the inside of the boiler
    • full flue gas analysis and readings
    • a check of heating controls for function and reliability
    • a check of the hot water cylinder for function and reliability
    • a full electrical installation condition report
    • a check for any broken sockets
    • a full check of the wiring
    • a full check of the fuse board
    • advice on all the above in regards to safety, condition and future reliability

    Also if you click the link below it is £175 for both checks, not £200 -

    https://www.gassafetycertificate.info/home-buyers-survey-house-survey-buying-house-gas-boiler-electrical-safety-checking-certificates/


    They are recommended a lot on this forum and I think the owner actually posts on here too. Very helpful website too.
    .
    .
    .
    Gas and electrical checks can take around 2-4 hours to complete depending on the property size and if the paperwork is being done at the property or not. The prices quoted here are pretty standard.
    This company doesn't do repairs so is independent and this is particularly a good idea if you're worried about some rip off tradepeople who 'make up' repair work just so they can quote for a new boiler or a new fuse board or whatever doesn't need fixing. By the way, an electrical safety certificate is now a legal requirement when renting a property out and so is a gas safety certificate and an energy performance certificate.
    I have tried to contact the company and I have not got a reply, I have filled out 2 forms and called the number on the website. Also tried the live chat and never get a response. Do you have any contact details for them please.
    Thanks.
  • user1977user1977 Forumite
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    One company stands out though as they do this kind of work on a daily basis, ie checking gas and electrics for home buyers and seller. They also send one engineer out and so it's one appointment for me and they also have a no pass policy, ie the refund my money if things fail.

    From another very useful post, is this the company you are talking about?

    Personally, I have bought and sold a property on more than 20 occasions now and I would always get a gas and electrical check done.

    There's a company I use. They do both checks in one go for buyers and sellers. They work for estate agents as well.

    Here's what's covered:
    • full boiler safety check including the inside of the boiler
    • full flue gas analysis and readings
    • a check of heating controls for function and reliability
    • a check of the hot water cylinder for function and reliability
    • a full electrical installation condition report
    • a check for any broken sockets
    • a full check of the wiring
    • a full check of the fuse board
    • advice on all the above in regards to safety, condition and future reliability

    Also if you click the link below it is £175 for both checks, not £200 -

    https://www.gassafetycertificate.info/home-buyers-survey-house-survey-buying-house-gas-boiler-electrical-safety-checking-certificates/


    They are recommended a lot on this forum and I think the owner actually posts on here too. Very helpful website too.
    .
    .
    .
    Gas and electrical checks can take around 2-4 hours to complete depending on the property size and if the paperwork is being done at the property or not. The prices quoted here are pretty standard.
    This company doesn't do repairs so is independent and this is particularly a good idea if you're worried about some rip off tradepeople who 'make up' repair work just so they can quote for a new boiler or a new fuse board or whatever doesn't need fixing. By the way, an electrical safety certificate is now a legal requirement when renting a property out and so is a gas safety certificate and an energy performance certificate.
    I have tried to contact the company and I have not got a reply, I have filled out 2 forms and called the number on the website. Also tried the live chat and never get a response. Do you have any contact details for them please.
    Thanks.
    Do you realise you're replying to posts from three years ago?
  • EYEONME2534EYEONME2534 Forumite
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    user1977 said:
    One company stands out though as they do this kind of work on a daily basis, ie checking gas and electrics for home buyers and seller. They also send one engineer out and so it's one appointment for me and they also have a no pass policy, ie the refund my money if things fail.

    From another very useful post, is this the company you are talking about?

    Personally, I have bought and sold a property on more than 20 occasions now and I would always get a gas and electrical check done.

    There's a company I use. They do both checks in one go for buyers and sellers. They work for estate agents as well.

    Here's what's covered:
    • full boiler safety check including the inside of the boiler
    • full flue gas analysis and readings
    • a check of heating controls for function and reliability
    • a check of the hot water cylinder for function and reliability
    • a full electrical installation condition report
    • a check for any broken sockets
    • a full check of the wiring
    • a full check of the fuse board
    • advice on all the above in regards to safety, condition and future reliability

    Also if you click the link below it is £175 for both checks, not £200 -

    https://www.gassafetycertificate.info/home-buyers-survey-house-survey-buying-house-gas-boiler-electrical-safety-checking-certificates/


    They are recommended a lot on this forum and I think the owner actually posts on here too. Very helpful website too.
    .
    .
    .
    Gas and electrical checks can take around 2-4 hours to complete depending on the property size and if the paperwork is being done at the property or not. The prices quoted here are pretty standard.
    This company doesn't do repairs so is independent and this is particularly a good idea if you're worried about some rip off tradepeople who 'make up' repair work just so they can quote for a new boiler or a new fuse board or whatever doesn't need fixing. By the way, an electrical safety certificate is now a legal requirement when renting a property out and so is a gas safety certificate and an energy performance certificate.
    I have tried to contact the company and I have not got a reply, I have filled out 2 forms and called the number on the website. Also tried the live chat and never get a response. Do you have any contact details for them please.
    Thanks.
    Do you realise you're replying to posts from three years ago?
    Yes and the last post was in April. Thanks for your input.
  • edited 15 June at 7:51PM
    Reemo12Reemo12 Forumite
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    edited 15 June at 7:51PM
    Has anyone used https://www.gassafetycertificate.info/ before and would you recommend them?
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