Home Inspector Forum hijacks straw poll but readers still want HIPs dumped

Despite a home inspector website hi-jacking last week’s straw poll, 51% of Mortgage Strategy Online readers still voted for Home Information Packs to be scrapped.

A post on the Home Inspector For-Q: Do you think Home Information Packs should be scrapped?

um urged fellow inspectors and domestic energy assessors to hijack the poll and vote against HIPs being consigned to the dustbin of history. The plea re-sulted in seven pages of posts from users who voted. The original post encouraged forum members to reverse an earlier poll in which 83% of MS Online readers voted for HIPs to be scrapped.

Users responded not only by voting but by urging others to do so as well.

An average MS straw poll receives about 3,000 votes, but last week this doubled to 6,000 thanks to the interest shown by the home inspectors.

However, despite the hijack, the majority still thought that HIPs should be scrapped.

One post on the forum says: “It’s a bit of fun and a morale booster, your chance to make a tiny difference. It ain’t a hijack, just a body of opinion being represented.”

But one user says: “I cannot see the point of hijacking this poll. What does it prove? Sorry to be negative, but this is grasping at straws.”

The Home Inspector Forum’s site administrator was unavailable for comment.

This week, Mortgage Strategy asks: “Was the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors right to hold up the introduction of HIPs?”