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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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    • 12th Jun 18, 2:09 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 2:09 PM
    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
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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.
    • Quizzical Squirrel
    • By Quizzical Squirrel 12th Jun 18, 2:30 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 2:30 PM
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    • 12th Jun 18, 2:30 PM
    Normally the onus is on the buyer but if you don't have a service record and your long-hoped for buyer is a twitchy first-timer, I'd consider it organizing and paying for it myself.
    • 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
    Forgot to add the going rates:

    Gas Safety Certificate 50
    Electrical Safety Certificate 150
    • 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
    Forgot to add the going rates:

    Gas Safety Certificate 50
    Electrical Safety Certificate 150
    Originally posted by plumberpaig
    Thanks all for the advice.

    I found someone to do both for 175. He comes recommended. I'll let you guys know how I got on. I think the checks are worth doing however good the electrical and gas systems look. You never know what could be lurking underneath.

    However, I do not think doing them every year, as with rental properties would be a good idea, as there is less wear and tear in the property, I assume.
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 12th Jun 18, 5:02 PM
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    • 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.
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