The Association of Home Information Pack Providers is now announcing an additional 12 locations where its members will be offering consumers an opportunity to purchase a pack ahead of their mandatory introduction in June next year.
Over 90 local businesses, including estate agents, pack providers and home inspectors in the first six locations are supporting the early roll out which commenced in Newcastle.
Consumers in each of the selected locations are now able to request a HIP, with a number of packs commissioned within the first few days of the launch going live.
AHIPP has now identified a further 12 locations where the packs will be rolled out early in 2007. A section of the M4 corridor, to include Reading, Basingstoke and Woking; Manchester; Cardiff; Coventry; Hereford and the Marches; Bristol; Leicester; Chelmsford; Nottingham; Plymouth; Liverpool and the Thames corridor, from North Kent and London to the Channel.
Paul Broadhead, deputy director general of AHIPP, says: “The early roll out of packs will allow a phased implementation, ensuring that industry is fully prepared to handle demand when the packs become mandatory on 1st June next year.
“While criticism from a number of industry bodies cannot be ignored, we have in fact received a hugely positive response in the first six roll out locations from both industry and consumers.
“It will be those organisations that have had the foresight to take action now, to prepare for the introduction of HIPs and to begin marketing the packs with their customers who will have the competitive edge, emerging as the market leaders.”