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    • arissarazul
    • By arissarazul 12th Jun 18, 2:03 PM
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    Gas/Electrical safety certificate buying/selling home buyer report
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    • 12th Jun 18, 2:03 PM
    Gas/Electrical safety certificate buying/selling home buyer report 12th Jun 18 at 2:03 PM
    Hello again.

    Wondering if you could help me again. I know the legal requirement around gas and electrical checks when renting but with selling I know it's different.

    My house is for sale and the home buyer report has flagged up that electrical and gas installations should be checked my an 'independent' person. The buyer has emailed me about this.

    So, for the sake of a few hundred pounds and to push my sale forward is it a good idea to get these done?

    I have found a few companies that charge 40 to 60 pounds for the gas and 120 to 160 for the electrical check.

    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.

    My question is what should I look out for when ordering these services and it it common to pay for the checks as a seller?

    I am also buying and will get these checks done on that property too, most likely form the same company.

    any advice from you guys?
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    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 12th Jun 18, 2:09 PM
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    Its good practice to get your boiler serviced and checked annually - electrics are recommended be checked every 10 years.

    Up to you if you want to do this but as a seller you do not have an obligation to. If you haven't had your boiler checked in the last 12 months then do that for 75 but electrics I would leave and let the buyer pay for that.
    • Susieee
    • By Susieee 12th Jun 18, 2:13 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 2:13 PM
    I have found a few companies that charge 40 to 60 pounds for the gas and 120 to 160 for the electrical check.
    Is this the going rate for these types of checks and, as a buyer, would I also be able to order these for myself?

    Where are you based and who are the companies you contacted? Can you please PM details if you are in the Midlands?

    Thank you for any replies.
    • plumberpaig
    • By plumberpaig 12th Jun 18, 3:25 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 3:25 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 3:25 PM
    Very sensible. Always good, for the sake of a few hundred, to help push a sale through and help to alleviate the buyers' concerns.

    I would do everything, within reason, to keep a buyer happy. Another might not come along for a very long while.
    • plumberpaig
    • By plumberpaig 12th Jun 18, 3:27 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 3:27 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 3:27 PM
    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.
    Originally posted by arissarazul
    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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    Last edited by plumberpaig; 17-08-2018 at 3:30 PM.
    • Susieee
    • By Susieee 12th Jun 18, 4:54 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 4:54 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 4:54 PM
    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.
    Originally posted by plumberpaig
    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)
    Last edited by Susieee; 27-08-2018 at 12:38 PM.
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 12th Jun 18, 5:02 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 5:02 PM
    [QUOTE=plumberpaig;74399583]Very sensible. Always good, for the sake of a few hundred, to help push a sale through and help to alleviate the buyers' concerns./QUOTE]


    I fail to see how a list of not to current standards (for teh electric report, the gas one should be fine or you will get capped! (not that being fine means anything about tomorrow)) is going to alleviate a twitchy buyer.
    • bluesky19789
    • By bluesky19789 29th Aug 18, 5:16 PM
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    • 29th Aug 18, 5:16 PM
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    • 29th Aug 18, 5:16 PM
    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.
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    Originally posted by plumberpaig
    hello everyone, new hear. does anybody know of good firm who can provide these checks up near me in blackpool?

    iv'e seen a house i want to buy and the electrics look very old and the boiler isnt very new so im going to get these done, the survey advised to do it and the guy doing the survey mentioned the electrics didnt look great and he would definitely check them.
    • macman
    • By macman 29th Aug 18, 7:11 PM
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    • 29th Aug 18, 7:11 PM
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    • 29th Aug 18, 7:11 PM
    Get the boiler serviced rather than waste your money on a safety check. If the CU and visible wiring is old, or there are inadequate sockets, this will be perfectly obvious from your own inspection.
    A surveyor is no more qualified to comment on them than you are.
    Neither check is a legal requirement unless the house is to be let, and then only for gas (in England).
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