Homing in on world record

PUBLISHED: 13:08 31 May 2007 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 May 2010

Top left, 11am: Thomas Morris values the house, top right, 12.30pm. Peter Hoare of Mid Anglia Home Inspections starts the assessment for the energy performance certificate, bottom left, 11.50am: The agent with the property owner – and the clock starts tic

Top left, 11am: Thomas Morris values the house, top right, 12.30pm. Peter Hoare of Mid Anglia Home Inspections starts the assessment for the energy performance certificate, bottom left, 11.50am: The agent with the property owner - and the clock starts tic

TELEVISION crews captured a world record at a Royston estate agent on Sunday. Thomas Morris Estate Agents claimed the title for the fastest production of a new fully-compliant home information pack. The record took just two hours and 17 minutes, well with

TELEVISION crews captured a world record at a Royston estate agent on Sunday.

Thomas Morris Estate Agents claimed the title for the fastest production of a new fully-compliant home information pack.

The record took just two hours and 17 minutes, well within the four-hour challenge set by the BBC.

Royston branch manager Chris Adshead said: "It was very exciting because the whole thing was done live and in full view of the cameras.

"We really didn't know whether we would beat the challenge until we actually had a go."

The process began with the valuation of a house and discussions with the owner about the benefits of HIPs.

The agent agreed to the challenge from Clive Lewis of the BBC and the clock began.

The HIP was ordered online and an energy performance certificate was issued.

Information is uploaded and the HIP goes live on the Thomas Morris website.

Residential homes with four bedrooms or more placed on the market after August 1 will require a home information pack to have been ordered before they can be offered for sale.

It may become an offence for anyone, including estate agents, to even discuss the property until a HIP has been ordered.

Many estate agents have concerns that the production of the HIP could take up to 14 days.

Thomas Morris has trained five of its home inspectors and domestic energy assessors to produce the necessary energy performance certificates, and believes that this is what is giving them such an advantage in producing the HIP's so quickly.

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